No matter what the situation is that has resulted in the loss of your dog, there IS NO EXCUSE for not being with your loved one when he or she has to go, due illness, accident or just old age!
Sure it is emotionally draining and at the time you just 'don't want to be there', but you HAVE TO!
This dog has been your faithful, loyal and loving companion from day one, loves you, knows your smell, your voice, your face, your cradling arms and the way you look at him/her.
In other words the dog is saying "you are with me and I know everything is going to be alright now!"
You OWE your dog that much! It doesnt matter if you have a good cry or simply act like a human who has lost a wonderful and loving pet - NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR LOVED ONE ALONE WHEN THE TIME COMES!
I have no time or respect for those owners who say "Oh, I couldn't stand to be there, I would get too upset!"
Hold your dog in your arms, pat it, kiss it, reassure it things are OK. If possible pay the Vet to come to your (and his/her home) and not just dump him in a cage at the clinic!
If for some REALLY GOOD REASON you cannot physically be with your dog, have someone help you out, DO NOT LEAVE HIM/ALONE when the time comes!
It's going to hurt sure, we all know that, but he or she deserves this last responsible, mature and loving act of courage on your part.
Don't be a coward and whimp out because you will get upset!
NO EXCUSES!!!! Yep, I do feel kind of strongly on this subject! My last beautiful thirteen year old Cocker lay in my arms, gave me a lick and 'went to sleep' - I made me feel so damn proud I had summoned up the courage to see it through with her!