I'm sorry to hear the bad news. My wife and I have a Chocolate Lab named Cubby. He's almost 5. We have the exact same birthday. April 9th. I don't even want to think about that day coming. Again, I'm sorry to hear the bad news. To stay around for 17 years shows that you guys loved and treated her well!
So sorry to hear this. It is always tough. We went through a rough stretch a couple of years back - 2 cats and a dog passed away in less than 18 months. Cherish the times you had with her. She will always be there in your heart.
Sorry for your loss. I had to have my dog put down about two years ago and I had him cremated and put into a box that I keep by my bed. It's not the same, but still good to have him here with me still.