Tiffy, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is such a difficult decision when we choose to free them from their suffering but as is stated in the beautiful message from Princess it is a gift that we are able to give them. Perhaps, even a responsibility, after all they have given to us. I have, over the years, encountered a few situations where, in my opinion, the caregiver of an animal waited too long. I can't say why, maybe it was denial, selfishness, personal beliefs. The situation is unique to everyone. Ideally we would love for all our dear friends to die peacefully in their sleep one day. In a perfect world that may happen but our world is far from perfect. As it is there are times when we owe them that release for all that they have given us and all the courage they have shown. In my relations with animals I have found them to be far more courageous, forgiving, and strong than many humans. We have much to learn from them. In good times and bad. They are our teachers and healers. In time your sadness will turn to the many fond memories of the time you shared with your beloved babies. They are with you always in your heart.