We recently had to take our Lab/Australian Shepherd for that last vet visit. Blackie was 14 years old and having a lot of difficulty, not surprising since he was diagnosed with severe hip displaysia when he was 9. He was to the point where we had to keep swapping foods to get him to eat at all, even then he was no longer maintaining his weight. His food choices were very limited due to a wheat allergy that caused him to have seizures. He would be walking and suddenly just fall down. He pooped in his sleep, then appeared to feel really bad about it. I knew in my heart that there was no way he could survive another ND winter, and had to make the call. DD came home for the day, and it was a gorgeous day so Blackie got to spend a lot of time outside. He passed with his family all gathered around him. 19 y/o DS wanted another dog. I have 3, but they are all Shelties (he calls them the 'Little Yappy Dogs') $150 later, he had a GSD pup with Shiloh Shepherd in his background. The pup isn't registerable because the parents had limited registration. Mom had an appt to get spayed, but before that happened Dad went over a six foot fence to get to her. Pup is extremely intelligent and really awesome with house breaking (no accidents at all the first two days until he found an Amiryllis bulb that the cats knocked down and he got diarrhea for a few hours). Anyhow, here is DS with his 11 week old pup 'Storm'.