We have had our boxer trooper for almost 9 good years now. Growing up I had dogs but none I ever really had for the duration of their life. We got Trooper right before our oldest son was born. In November he was diagnosed with a tumor on his heart and the vet said he would not make it but at the most 2 months. He has now made it a happy 4 months. Today when we got home he had thrown up blood. The vet said that would be a sign that we need to put him down. Trooper has been a damn good dog. He follows my son everywhere he goes in the neighborhood, great with kids, alerts us when the least thing happens outside, and just likes to hang out at my feet. My son has had the hardest time with it tonight. He will tell him goodbye in the morning before school for the last time. I built a box to burry him in when we found out he was sick so I would not have to do it when he died. My wife wants to be with him when the vet puts him down. I understand that, I don't want him to be alone and with strangers when he dies but I don't think I can do it. If you have had to do this did you stay with your dog ? Pic of Trooper on HIS couch.