Thank you for this, I had to put my beloved Quincy down today and it is tearing me apart. 15 years together and loving to the end. With her last breath she put her head in my hands and was gone. My 12 year old girls have never known a time without her and they are really torn up. That makes it all the worse. I will think of this often, Ken
I will add this...for you to have the good fortune to have to experience to hold her as she passed. I one who has for one reason or another have pets put to sleep and never had the opportunity you had.
As much as it hurts, take solace in that she was held by her "dad" and not a sterile Vet's office with a needle.
So very sorry for you, yet kind of happy you could be there for her, as you should be as well.