Ive posted many may times about a lot of things good and bad here over the years and i feel like i almost know some folks here like friends and some have actually become real friends and for that i am grateful. I need some advice!! Its 3 am here in the Toronto area and im a mess. My wife is asleep and ive been laying on the floor with one of my best friends in the world. His name is Gizmo and he is the cute guy in my avatar. He is a poodle/bichon mix and is almost 17 years old. We brought him home when he was 8 weeks old and has been without a doubt the most amazing friend a man could have. He has been there with me through just about everything. Layed with my kids in bed as the fell asleep , played ball, layed beside anyone of the family on the couch when they were feeling under the weather as if he knew we needed the extra love during our time of need and has been just an amazing dog. So, he is going down health wise and its been happening for a while now but just today we realize he has some sort or syst, tumour on his groin area and it broke tonight and its bleeding a lot. Its under control and he is ok atm but we are going to take him to the vet tomorrow . He has been slowly losing control of bodily functions (not too bad yet ) but getting there and his sight and hearing are not great. Sorry for the long post and im not even giving you all the positive and negative but all in all i guess i know that the time is coming and im crushed. We will see what the vet says tomorrow but i guess in a nut shell ....I need some advice on how others have dealt with this sort of thing when the time is coming and when do you know its time ? I want to do whats best for him but feel like anything i decided will be just whats best for me. Here is Gizmo mny years ago when my daughter decided to sit him in the sink for a photo.. Thanks for any advice.