My heart feels like it has been ripped out. We had to make the decision to put our beloved Labrador Beauty to sleep on Tuesday night. It felt too soon. She had been showing signs - she had a few short fits, her back legs started going from under her, she couldn’t go for walks that she so loved anymore and she was coughing as if trying to clear something from her throat. We took her to the vet for a general check up to see what was going on but she collapsed on the way there - our vet is only 100 yards down the road. We had to get a stretcher from the vet to carry her the rest of the way. The vet told us she had fluid on her lungs and slow response in her back legs. She told us the kindest thing for Beauty would be to put her to sleep as she wouldn’t get better and she was in pain. It felt rushed. All I wanted to do was take her home but the vet encouraged us to think of Beauty. So we agreed because we didn’t want her to suffer to let her go and stayed with her and held her while the vet administered the euthanasia. I still haven’t stopped crying. We are devestated as a family. I feel tortured as I keep thinking should I have brought her home for another few days - would it have made a difference? Would it have been kinder to keep her for longer? I keep saying sorry to Beauty that we had to let her go. I am crying again writing this. I cannot put into words the ache in my heart, longing to hold her and hug her again. Has anyone else been through this? Did we do the right thing?