For one thing I'm not sure why the hijacking was deemed appropriate when someone was sharing how their best friend just went through surgery and it cost a few thousand dollars, to then be followed up with
Originally Posted by CharlieVT "I won't spend thousands on a dog. I'll bet I love my dog as much as anyone but taking the dog to the vet dozen's of times isn't something she's going to enjoy.
I found your comments innapropriate and offensive. Do I feel anger over putting an animal down? Nah, sometimes it's necessary, sad, but necessary.
I'd also say that the comment, "
Originally Posted by CharlieVT Some vets don't use the FDA controlled drugs (cost, control requirements because of abuse potential are deterrents to use of these drugs). Lethal injection without these drugs looks good but feels bad; kind of like the horror stories about people having surgery in the operating room while they couldn't move but were wide awake.
is wreckles and again doesn't have anything to do with the original thread and does very little to validate that using a .50 cent bullet on your dog is better than spending $3K on vet bills and a half a dozen visits to the vet's office. If your animal is beyond help and deals with pain and sickness, then sure, help them find an escape from a life of pain. If it's an orthopedic trauma or something that can be fixed through medical treatment and therapy then hurray for those who place more value on the well being of the animal who depends on their owner over themselves for living a full life.
Originally Posted by CharlieVT Having re-read my post I can see how you assumed that I never have vet visits.
The world is full of people who lack the responsibility to take care of their pets apropriately. I do the volunteer thing with animal shelters and have seen too much of animal neglect and have very little patience for people who shrug off their responsibilities. So your dog is showing signs of a tumor growth and you're assuming that it doesn't bother the animal and that because the animal doesn't like the Vet you won't have them treated or looked at for this reason, plus it may cost some money. Let's just say we worship in different churches.
To make it clear, I do not subscribe to trying to keep anyone alive when it is clearly their time to move on, human, or animal. At the same time, when someone who is relying on me needs medical attention and it's appropriate, then yes, I'll do my part and see that they get the medical attention they need. Hopefully the preventative heartworm treatments and such will keep them healthy so that it doesn't cost thousands. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, eh? I do believe in taking my animals in for regular checkups and vacinations. The small amount of extra money it costs is negligable, not even the cost of a night out. For those who can't afford major medical treatments for their dogs, there are programs that can help. If people can't afford or unwilling to pay for the small stuff, then they shouldn't own a dog, get a fish.
Originally Posted by KMC1 This discussion does deserve comparison to the way we treat our own deaths, and the suffering many of us are forced to endure so as not to break from social expectations. Personally I would take a bullet before living in a coma for the rest of my life - but it's not even an option that I'm allowed to have - THAT should cause the anger, I think.
Yeah me too, but our society is funny about stuff like that. There is an ever growing lack of common sense in the world. And while I would agree there is a place for this discussion, I don't think it has any place here, in a thread celebrating the life of one man's best friend healing from an accident, just as the funeral of one of my fallen breathren is no place to place an anti-war protest.
"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men..." ~ St. Francis of Assisi, Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans order
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Statesman and Philosopher
"All that breathes is precious. Who is to say that the suffering of an animal is less worthy of solace than the pain of man? The spark of life is no dimmer simply because it is encased in fur or leather." ~ Anonymous
Originally Posted by CharlieVT
Well, aren't you kind?
Yes, yes I am actually.