We have just found out that we will probably sooner than later have to put one of our best friends to sleep. Our rottwieler, Rocky, has been going downhill very fast in the last couple of weeks. He is a very large at 150lbs and somewhat old for his size, 9+. He suffers from hip dysplasia pretty bad. A few months ago we noticed that he had started stumbling a lot. Took him to the vet and she told us that he had a nuerolgical disorder of some sorts. Basically the arthritis in his spine was pinching the neves to his back end. We started giving him some medicine. It helped alot at the very beginning. In the last 2 weeks he has declined to the point of not even getting up all day long except for about 20 min. in the evening to go outside to the bathroom. It takes him a good 5 min to even work up the strength to get up. It has been very hard for my wife. She has had him since he was a puppy. Way longer than she has had me. We discussed what the vet told us this evening that if the new medication doesnt help out much by sunday, that it would be time to take a good look at his quality of life. very depressing. We might have to make a decision in a couple of days and we arent ready for that. I never understood the relationship between a dog and their human until I met my wife. Now that I have a dog that I call my own I understand it totally. I am not looking forward to the next few days at all. Thanks for being there as a brotherhood that I can vent to about anything. I dont know many of you but you are truly brothers to me. Thanks.