After nearly 4 years with us and 13 years with his 'mum' our little dog has come to the end of his rope. We will be ringing the local vet tomorrow to ask if he will put down Rex Thewonderdog, our toy poodle that I 'inherited' from my aunt when she went into a home in 2009. Joan was well ready to go into aged care, she's in her 90s now and losing her grip on reality slowly but surely these days, and in 2009 she wouldn't go into care while her dog (then named pierre FFS) was still alive. We'd agreed that if Joan died I'd inherit the dog, so to help her make the decision to get the care she needed I said I'd take my inheritance early. Now, with almost no sight and hearing at all, with failing kidneys and an insecurity that means he cries constantly and piteously when he can't find me, we are drawing a line in the sand. Rex now has an insatiable thirst because of his kidneys, and that means he urinates inside several times each day and night, and then comes to find me to tell me what he's done. It's not just the sleep deprivation, although that's hard enough. We've all had enough now, even Rex. Tomorrow we'll see if the vet will help us out, even though on face value Rex seems to be pretty OK. Wish us luck, and fingers crossed the vet will help.