That is never easy. We had to put our German Shepard, Aries, down this past July, on my sons birthday no less. It was a tough loss for the family. I told my son and girls that it was better to do that then watch her suffer. In fact, my son who was turning three that day immediately named a stuffed bear Aries.
Soooooooo sorry to hear and looked like a nice dog. We first get them as pets then they become members of the family we look fwd to seeing and before you know it your talking to them and they , I think ,understand what we are saying and know how we feel.
KC, I am sincerely sorry that it was necessary to send your friend over the rainbow bridge. I have had to do it twice in the past 3 years, and it never gets any easier. Your vet uses the same technique as ours, the dog/cat only feels the intitial tranquilizer injection. It is easy on them.