Last night was one of the worse nights of my life. I lost my 15 year old terrier mix Rusty. We adopted Rusty when he was 2 form a rescue shelter. Rusty lost his left eye to cancer 5 years ago the same time I lost my leg. Rusty still had a real zest for life he did amazed us. Then 2 years ago he went completely deaf. He still did well and learned some sign lanuage. he was doing very well and still had a real love for life. Suddendly he was slowing down more and more but had no pain and still had a quality of life in him. he was getting older and not as peppy as he once was. Last night 11/25 when we returned home form shopping Rusty was on the kitchen floor with all fours spread. We tried to help him up but his hind legs were like jello. I got his blanket and held him and cried. I feared the outcome. We called our vet but it was after hours. We took Rusty to a Emergency Vets and he was examined which we learned his back legs and spine had deteriorated. It was a complete shock to my husband and I he was in so much pain and the love of life was gone out of his eyes. We had to make the decision to send him to the rainbow bride. Competely unexpcted. I had some time with rusty I held him and told him how much we loved him and what a good boy he was. I thanked him for protecting us and lettimg us take care of him. The Vet was very sweet and understanding and helped our sweet boy go to heavan. We were so divastaed and crying . The pain is almost unbearable, We had to go out the back door so the other clients in the waiting room would not see us. My heart is completely broken. His toys, his bed, his food are all reminders of our boy. For now I put his collar on his bed with his favorite toy. We are a childless couple who doted on our dog. I miss him so much it hurts.Please pray for our little boy we will miss him forever.