Taking care of an older dog is not easy. I remember when my childhood dog, Jasmine, became a senior. She lost her eyesight but was able to navigate the safe, familiar pathways of our house just fine. She was okay for a while, and then, suddenly, she wasn’t. It all caught up with her. Her arthritis became unbearable, and it was difficult for her to get up to relieve herself. There was a lot of cleaning, there were a lot of vet bills, and finally, we let her go back to the earth in the most humane way possible.