Today is a sad day for us. My parents are having to put their German Shepard / Rot mix down. Big Boy is only 6 years old but he suffers from severe hip dysplasia and can no longer use his back legs. It has been heartbreaking to watch him deteriorate. He still has so much love to give but the pain he is in has destroyed his quality of life. Last night I took the boys over to say their goodbyes. Max is too young to understand what is going on but Jack knows. This is the first time that Jackson will experience the sadness of losing an animal. Watching him cry and seeing the hurt he is feeling has been so hard as a parent. I tried to explain to him that Big Boy will be better off and that he hurts so bad he cant have fun anymore, but nothing I say will make it any easier. Pets are so much a part of the family that when one passes it is the same as losing a family member. We have been very fortunate to have Big Boy, he has been a wonderful protector and an amazing friend. It is upsetting that his life was cut short by this horrible condition. Big Boy will always have a special place in our hearts and we have so many happy memories of the time we spent together.