Are you guys religious at all? When we had to tell Aurelia about Charlie she accepted it pretty well when we explained that his body was broken and it was time for his spirit to go back to heaven. She asked some questions, and said she missed him (still does) but she understands at least that he's still out there waiting for us. You could put whatever spin on that fits your belief system. Sorry for your loss, she was a beautiful little dog.
Thanks everyone. We told Bev today. She did not take it well at all. We explained about everything but shes still inconsolable. She goes to school tomorrow so I'm hoping a distraction will help. Walker hasn't left the crate (its folded up be he wont move more then a foot from it) since we came home. The hugs and thoughts mean ALOT to me right now.