We've had to put 2 Cocker Spaniels down and it is one of the hardest and most emotional things we have done.
The first one was 13, had cancer and in the end, had no control of her bladder. She was very sick. We got "the look" from her one late afternoon and it was like she was asking us to help. We took her to the vet, and we all cried, because we've been with our vet since 1989 and this was 2000. It was painless, we held her and said our goodbyes. She was taken to a pet cemetary and cremated and the next week we got her remains back ina pretty cedar locked box with her name on it.
In 2005, we had to put our other Cocker down at 14 yr old. He was our most expensive Cocker. He chewed things, recovered from major surgery at 2, etc. This time, it was near midnight and he was coughing and we knew. We went to the emergency animal clinic and waited outside until it was our turn to go in. We were very emotional this time as well. We'd never met this vet, and when he started the injection, he had tears and said this was the hardest part of being a vet. We also have the ashes from this dog in a pretty cedar box with his name.
The crematory sent both boxes back with sympathy cards, a silk rose and stories about the rainbow bridge.
Both our dogs were in pain, very sick, and getting old. Like I said, these decisions were very hard emotionally on us. Those dogs were treated like royalty, our children and a huge part of our lives.
We currently have a 10 yr old Cocker, 5 yr old Cocker and 4 yr old toy poodle. I dread this decision again someday.
My heart goes out to you.....