I agree with the others. I stayed with my Dobe until she was gone, for all the reasons mentioned above - she was the most loyal dog and would have stayed beside me no matter what. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, but I managed to hold the emotions in check until I could get the hell outa there. It was heartbreaking, but the least I could do for her. Tearing up now, 15 yrs later, just thinking about it, but I wouldn't change a thing.
Thinking of you MDD, at this tough time.