SploogeTime: "I don't quite get the headline? What makes him a douche? Or what makes him a douche on all other days?Most people selfishly keep their pets alive longer than they should; after the animal is clearly not having any kind of quality of life. This author waited until the cat indicated that it was time by stopping eating and then didn't delay in having her euthanized. He indicated that before that, she had still been a loving and engaged animal, even if she had elimination issues, and didn't appear to be in pain."Agree, completely, and guilty of that, but no more. To me, pups & cats are family members, but they can be euthanized in a humane way and to wait too long because of the attachment is wrong when the animal suffers. Obviously, not everyone agrees.
Mikey1969: Yeah, it's a tough decision, but it comes with being a pet owner. They can't make these decisions for themselves, so it's your job. Sometimes sooner is less selfish than later... I took my dog in last spring. We'd had him 12 years, and he was starting to develop kidney stones. A lot of them. We could have paid to have them removed, but it wouldn't have lasted long, and he would have had the issues come back over and over... Never seen anything as sad as the look on his face when the stones would finally break free, and he's suddenly accidentally peeing all over the floor. You'd have thought he'd just eaten the baby.Anyway, some people might think I made the decision to put him under just to save money and trouble, and that I was just being cheap, but things were never going to get better, and were only going to get worse. It's a tough call, but if you've had your pet that long, you should already be mentally prepared...
ronaprhys: A quick scan of the article didn't really bring up anything douchey. Seemed like someone who faced with the decision of what's the best thing to do, given all of the circumstances and the emotional issues that come with making that choice.Am I missing something? Or was this just subby trying to get another greenlight?
CheekyMonkey: Pfft. Putting down a pet gets easier every time you do it. The kids love a new puppy, so we get one every year, and put the old one to sleep. After 7 or 8 years, it's just like recycling last week's paper.
show me: Whenever someone said they were going to "put down" a cat I would envision them with a sneer on their face pointing at the cat saying stuff like, "You're a worthless, no-good, meowing little turd! The best part of you ran down your momma's ass and ended up as a stain in the alley!"
M-G: I've found my vet's office can get very dusty....
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