Today we had our 11 y/o dog put to sleep. Real heartbreaking experience since she was a very special individual and a big part of the family. The kids picked flowers for her grave and her pup (now 4 y/o) sat beside the grave for hours. She was in pain from her hips and back and was on pain meds the last couple of months, I admit that I cried like a baby today. Maybe the ability to show emotions is the real strength?