So, I am currently working in Colorado and my wife and son are living in Oklahoma due to elevation related pregnancy complications. I got a call yesterday (Father's Day) that our Beagle, Charlie, had been crying in pain for the last several days and nights. He has been suffering from ongoing issues with his back and I couldn't let him suffer any longer, so the decision was made to have him "put to sleep". Many years ago, I thought that I would never have children, but the desire within me was strong. I found comfort in the idea that I could experience unconditional love (as a parent and child would) with pets, so I went to a breeder and hand picked the perfect little Beagle. He taught me all there is to know about unconditional love over the last 10 years, and I couldn't be more grateful. Unfortunately, I am feeling a great amount of guilt for not being there for him during his final days. I still remember him trying to get in my 4Runner with me when I was packing my bags to leave for Colorado. I told him that I wouldn't forget about him and that I would be back for him. Luckily, my wife was an angel and showed him a great amount of love and compassion, but she had to do it by herself, for which I also feel guilt. Last, but certainly not least, my son has been crying for the last 2 days; he and Charlie had become the best of friends. He is also an animal lover, which earned him the baptismal name of (St.) Kevin. Without rambling on anymore, this has been a painful couple of days for my family and we would greatly appreciate your prayers. I don't know what the afterlife holds for animals, but I hope and pray that Charlie is with St. Kevin right now and that he understands the circumstances leading to my absence in his time of need. Lord, have mercy!