Quoting MyloveZoZo:" I couldn't imagine. Especially having children that are attached to the pet. It has to be very hard. But you made that tough decision for the best of your family. The sad thing is many people don't. "
My daughter still talks about it. We had a "goodbye party" for him, and the new family came over so my daughter could meet them. There were a lot of tears. She still talks about when "Wyatt walked with the rope to his new car." Sad stuff.
We did finally get another dog (well after DH got another job, of course. Almost two years later..) and some of that pain has gone away. I'm not sure I'll ever really forgive myself though. I still wish things could have been different.
This was them at our goodbye party.