Not a fun day here at home. Just took our elderly Shar Pei into the vet this morning and she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She has a tumor on her shoulder and it has progressed very rapidly. Needless to say, we are not going to allow her to suffer. We have made an appointment with the vet for tomorrow. I would have done it today, but my kids wanted to spend today loving her and saying goodbye. The vet gave us some pain medication to help her through today and she is getting steak for dinner! A concern my vet had was my two "puppies". I have two shar pei that are 13 months old and my male is a protector to the elderly one. He watches over her when she goes out and generally makes sure he knows where she is. The vet stated that dogs understand death, but don't understand disappearing. That it would be better for them to see/sniff our dog once she passes and that they would know that finality. If we were to just take her and she not return, they would not understand what happened. This actually makes sense to me since when we had to put down her brother 2 years ago, she left our yard twice looking for him. Actually, that was my theory at the time as she went in the direction that I always took him for a walk, so now it makes sense. The plan is for my DH and I to be there when she passes, and then bring the pups in to see/sniff her. My DD and DS have opted to not be there this time and I fully respect that. (I don't want to be there either, but as the Mom I know I have to.) Wanted to know if anyone else has heard of this. Thanks!