Every pet owner hopes their beloved animals will pass away peacefully in their sleep leaving the choice up to god. Sadly, this isn't always the case. Most of the time the big decision is up to the pet owner. The weight of the animal’s life, pain, as well as happiness, is all up to him or her. I had to make this decision last week. My cat was acting strangely so I took him to the vet for a check up just to be on the safe side. Our vet told me it was a result of old age and that it was time to make the big decision. I stood in the veterinary room alone with my cat. I knew what had to be done but the problem was actually saying it out loud. The vet returned and I told her my decision. Toby was such a good boy as they gave him the needle. He didn’t even flinch. I just continued to stroke his head as he purred back. It was almost like he knew and was thankful for the decision I had made for him. I'll never forget him.