One of my friends is dying from cancer. She has been in and out of the hospital for almost a month, and is paralyzed on one side from a tumor pressing on a part of her brain. Her neighbors have been taking care of her dog at her house, stopping a couple times a day to feed it and let it potty. She is nearing the end. She has a full time nurse when she is home, and she spends a lot of time in the hospital now. She called me a couple of days ago crying. "Please take my dog. Please promise me that you will take care of him." She is making final plans for things she loves, and so she asked me to do this for her. Of course, I said yes. She sent me all the toys, 8 prescriptions from her vet for the dog, a kennel, food bowls, three beds, assorted leashes and collars, special food, treats, etc. My friend even set up a small fund at her vet's office to continue to pay for the dog's continuing meds and senior food and treats. She lived for this dog. It is her baby. The issue is, that I didn't realize how ill and thin her dog had become. He is 16, on three types of pain killers, thyroid medicine, diazepam for something or other, arthritis meds plus the usual HW stuff, is almost blind and hard of hearing, and is bone thin. I immediately fed him canned food rather than the kibble. I thought it might increase his intake of calories. I am also going to start giving him some goats milk because it is so easy to digest. (I know that is probably not on her vet's list.) And honestly, If this were my dog, in this poor of health and so very thin, I would consider having him euthanized. Yet I don't want to betray my friend by doing this. I have an appt Monday with my dogs' vet for his opinion on the quality of life. Would it be wrong to do that if he feels as I do, that this poor dog is no longer happy and healthy? If I do that I don't want to have it done at her vet. She doesn't need to know about this. I want her to pass thinking her dog is being cared for in as much peace as possible. Right or wrong, I will tell her til her passing that the dog is doing great and is very happy no matter what choice I make about putting him down. Do you think I am betraying her? I need an impartial opinion. That's why I want to talk to my vet too. I'm not trying to be mean, but I don't think the dog's quality of life is high enough for him to live like this. Maybe if he could put on some weight, it would be better, but he is still in pain. What would you all do?