|Barked: Sat Mar 12, '11 10:55pm PST |
|I'm in the same boat.
We had an cat some years ago, Angelina. She lived until she was almost 18. She spent her last few months in her chair commanding the world around her like all cats do. The day her eyes didn't sparkle, when she couldn't get to her litter box or eat on her own was her last day. Angelina was a member of the family, not just a cat. If there was an old folks home for cats that was our house in her last days.
I'd certainly be offended if someone told me to get rid of my older dog, especially if they were still able to move around and eat on their own.
I was talking to a guy about his dog who had to have an expensive hip surgery. He said that his parents told him to get rid of the dog instead of spend the money on the surgery. It was a just dog, he could get another one for cheaper than the surgery.
I certainly don't feel that way and neither did that guy. He paid for the dog's hip by selling his car. I'd do the same thing. The worst part about that story is the dog was only a couple years old and people were telling him to put it down. If you think an animal is disposable then you don't deserve to own one.
There is a point where the right thing to do would be to put your pet down. That happened with Angelina when she was no longer having a quality life. But as long as they are still living and enjoying life, they are worth keeping around even if it's inconvenient to you.
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