I had to put down one of my dogs last week. Talk about shit luck for me. All dogs were romping around in the back yard on a wonderful warm sunday while I worked in the garage. One of the dead pine trees I had slated to take down fell in the yard and clipped the dog, I assume. I heard the tree but no yelp. Then the dog limped into the garage. She got xrayed and I got the bad news. At least she was 13 and had a good life span. She had the best nose I have ever seen in a pointer and that was compared to countless other dogs. Not the same w/o her.