As everyone has said, they do try to get your attention! But the simple fact that this stuff happens bothers me.
My own mother said that she was ready to go whenever her time was for the simple fact of the news. It used to make her cry so easy when children or animals were abused. It affected her so deeply. I could not relate at the time as I had lot of things to worry about. Abuse of my own for one.
I can relate to having old dogs. Mine have diabetes (shots twice day) going blind, cannot hold their personal problems anymore, lot of accidents,. As long as they can function somewhat I will continue. They sure are hungry in the mornng and act happy and sad so these things are important. Most of my friends put their dogs away when they got diabetes. Mine have been doing okay for almost 6 years. I really feel they want to stick around and don't want to leave yet. So I go from day to day Where love is, anything can be accept ed. I just love them a lot.
I know your little friend wants to be around too. Good luck to both of you.