I have been taking care of our 17 year old Schnauzer female for quite awhile. She's been in heart failure, but I had gotten her so much better with Fish Oil, half a baby aspirin and acidophilus as well as her seizure med. The vet never expected her to go this long, but she tried SO hard and kept going. She even went out to potty right up to yesterday morning. She wore a diaper witha human depends pad just in case, but rarely had an accident. I wanted so much for her to hang in for my birthday last month and then my mom's two days later. She did. She was a truly beautiful creature, as a baby she had her first Schnauzer haircut at only about 9 weeks and looked like a perfect adult queen. Everyone admired her. She loved to go for walks for years. My daughter's dog would try to play and would put her front paws up on Penny's back. She didn't like that at all so when we'd get to my daughter's driveway, she'd pick up the leash and pull back to try to go in another direction. She was so easy to housebreak and such a sweet little growler (she'd been born where the lady had day care and she'd been the only one to growl when the kids tried to play with her, so she needed an adult only home), she was never mean but did love to growl over toys etc.. We'd get her those big balls at the grocery store and she'd get up on them and try to kick them backwards through her back legs. She'd bark and bark at those balls and loved them. She slept in a crate the first year, and we'd gotten another female shortly after her (who died a few months ago). Abby was the quiet "mom" to Penny even though a month younger in age. If she thought Penny was being to rowdy she'd go stand beside her and Penny would sit down. They were a special pair. Penny loved ME and Abby loved everyone. It was hard but I finally got her to sleep with me and she did for years. Then when she started to get Arthritis aches and pains she wanted to sleep in the dog bed. I had a regular pillow topped by a cut out piece of waffle bed topping and then a flannel pillow case over all. In this last year I've been rolling a towel up and putting it in a king sized flannel pillow case so it would wrap around her back and work as a pillow too. It seemed to comfort her to have it against her back. She had a special fluffy blanket. Yesterday, well the night before, she started to have her back legs convulse and yesterday around noon she had a bad seizure. By the time we took her to the vet she slept there the whole time in my arms. The legs had kept her up (and me) nearly all night) and she was just in general...tired. They gave her a first shot to relax her, though she was asleep already. Then about five minutes later the main one. I petted her head and told her I loved her. She went peacefully and had no idea what was happening. My husband and I have cried all last night and this morning. We went to the Home store and got a special box to bury her in, lined with the waffle topper in a pillow case, her arm draped over her favorite toy I've had to keep put away and her wrapped in one of my flannel night gowns. Then I put some (I can't spell it) poupourri I had made over all and then the top. She is buried next to her best buddy, my Dane we lost a few months ago and my 18 year old Chihuahua I lost several years ago. I will always love her and never forget her..as long as I live to remember, she lives. Sorry it's so long but I wanted to share my loss. It hurts so much!