Though it is the way of the world, I'm still sorry for this. When your dog passes, I hope it is in peace and no pain. We had a mini poodle pass away; like Napoleon, she had a long, long life and then a clear, accelerating decline. We were able to be with her and to see her out of this life, which was such good fortune for her and for us. As you know, the loss never goes away; you just get used to it. You keep caring, That's a good thing, however hard it may be. What a sweet dog.