Our nearly-14-year-old beagle, South, was a fine, fine dog. Last night we had to say goodbye to her.

A family pet, like South and like her brother North, counts on its human companions for many things: food and water, exercise, medicine and medical treatment when necessary, love and affection at all times, kind treatment. At the end of their days, family pets rely on their human companions to do what is right and best for the dog. Though it broke our heart, last night we did what we had to for our South.

Before we took her, we all had a chance to say goodbye, though, and we took a few final pictures.