My dog Yoko is 12 years old, and the old age is starting to get to her, and it is extremely painful for me to see. She is only 3 years younger then me. I can can bearly remember not having her, and now I am having to start thinking about life without her. She really is one of my best friends, and I would do anything for her. She is a lab/pitbul, but was the runt of the litter. She comes up only comes up to my knees, but weights about 40 lbs. In the past 5 years or so she has put on more weight. A few years ago she got Bloat. We didn't know what it was when she had it, (and of course our internet was down adn it was a Sunday so no vets were open) but she survived it. We have tried to monitor her food intake ever since then. She is half blind and getting deafer by the day, along with having bad back legs (we're guessing arthritis). If she is going ever slightly faster then a walk across the lanolium she will fall. She can not walk across the wet deck without falling. She has some good days where she can chase her ball as long as we throw if for her, but then she is usually in pain and whining all night long. We used to try to ignore the fact that she really is getting old, but now it seems to be flashing a neon sign in our faces. She isn't suffering, but as soon as she is, I know we are going to have to put her out of her misery. We have never had an animal this old before, and never had we liked one as much as we like Yoko, and none of us know what to do. Almost everynight she pees on the carpet because she doesn't wake us up in time. I think she is starting to loose control of her bladder, because sometimes in the middle of the day when all the doors are open she will just start to pee. This is a dog that at 1 ft tall pulled a full grown Rotweiler off one of my brothers when the Rotweiler was attacking my brother, and saved his life (the Rotweiler almost punctured his lung). She has never attacked a person before. She mothered a kitten we had once and has always been there for me. She has had a good, long life. She has been on countless camping trips, backing packing trips, has surfed, gone to the river etc. I'm not ready to let her go, but I know the time is coming.