Agreed w/ Pearl. It's good you're not ashamed, because we'd be pretty lousy people if we were mad that you value your dog more than your fish. It's the same with me and my cats and snakes. I LOVE them, and would cry if they died. I'd be heartbroken. I love them, it's just the fact that they're so much more tangible than fish. You can touch, and bond, and /love/ them. They're so different than our fish.
Glad to hear (never thought I`d say this) that she can feel pain in her legs! Good luck, again.