My dog, spooky, is sixteen years old. I think that I soon may need to put her to sleep and it will probably be the hardest thing i have ever done. There have been several problem that have gradually gotten worse over the last two years. 1. She can hardly make up and done steps any more. The biggest problem with this is letting her outside. Every time i let her out i have to pick her up (she weighs about thirty pounds), carry her down the steps, wait till she is done, pick her up and carry her back inside. This is a real issue when it is raining and she gets muddy. 2. Consistantly messes on our floor. It doesn't matter how often i let her out, she WILL pee on the floor. It averages now about twice a day. This gets very old, and started about two years ago. don't they have doggie diapers or something? the other day she was walking one minute, and just dropped to the floor like she fainted or something, and then crapped on the floor while still laying done. 3. She paces constantly. she will walk around the house over and over and over for like 35-40 minutes at a time. i don't know if this is because she is in pain from arthritis (sp?) or anxiety or what. *the biggest issue however is this. She does NOT seem to be a miserable dog. she still plays with me (not near as often as in the past) every once in awhile, and seems to have a good time outdoors with the neighbors dog (even runs a little bit with tail wagging). I don't know if they teach stuff like this in vet-school, but i figured i'd see what you guys have to say. at point does one say that enough is enough. How does the process of outting a dog to sleep happen? Do I stand there and watch? or do I just leave her? This is going to be a very painful process.