Yes, I was stroking her when she died, it was very painful
I don't want to experience such a thing again.
I apologize for bumping this post since it isn't pleasant, but I went through the exact same thing this past summer (dachshund). 5 year old though, loving, loyal, and caring. I have lost faith in that breed because of all the back problems that most of them develop, and am also having trouble opening up to another pet.
Cats do seem appealing to me though, but I just never had one as a legitimate pet, just other family members had them. Something about a cat's eyes that are so hypnotizing.