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2014-03-14 11:37:12 AM
Wow, that's some next-level trolling, subby. Kudos.
 
2014-03-14 11:38:12 AM
The cost of having a beloved pet euthanized is not cheap, either. One veterinarian paper put the total cost between $150-$800, which includes veterinarian services, drugs and cremation.

That's why I put my cat in a burlap sack and threw him into the river.
 
2014-03-14 11:39:25 AM
Damn dusty in here!
 
2014-03-14 11:39:44 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-14 11:40:14 AM
*punches subby in the crotch

That's what!
 
2014-03-14 11:40:51 AM
sad story...
 
2014-03-14 11:41:37 AM
Sadly the situation subby described is not unknown in vet med (or to shelters, I'm sure).

However this was a really sweet story and I'm glad that little dog is going to be back with the people who love him.
 
2014-03-14 11:43:20 AM
My last dog was a grey faced old lady when I adopted her.   Skin and bones from cancer, she lived two more years.  miss her a lot.  Don't miss the explosive diarrhea.
 
2014-03-14 11:44:42 AM
I am heavy equipment operator/unionized steel worker.
Not ashamed i had tears at work in front of coworkers after reading that.
So very sad.
I am off to give my dog a hug and a steak.
 
2014-03-14 11:45:32 AM
It's an old dog. Give it a pleasant death with the owners present, and get them a middle aged dog or something.

Just because we CAN string along a dog for 15-20 years doesn't mean we should, especially not when quality of life is so shiatty for most old dogs. And according to the article it has been for this one.

Had to put down two of ours. Took them to the vet and had it done because it was the right thing. It wasn't easy and we cried and burried them, but as the human it's my job to care for them, and sometimes that means giving them the rest they deserve.
 
2014-03-14 11:52:57 AM

AugieDoggyDaddy: My last dog was a grey faced old lady when I adopted her.   Skin and bones from cancer, she lived two more years.  miss her a lot.  Don't miss the explosive diarrhea.


Are you the fellow here on FARK that only adopts senior dogs?
 
2014-03-14 11:55:34 AM
This is why we need more affordable "Do It Yourself" euthenization kits:

www.welcomeget.com
 
2014-03-14 11:55:43 AM

Bslim: Wow, that's some next-level trolling, subby. Kudos.


Came to say this.

AugieDoggyDaddy: My last dog was a grey faced old lady when I adopted her.   Skin and bones from cancer, she lived two more years.  miss her a lot.  Don't miss the explosive diarrhea.


I must admit I LOL'd after reading that last sentence.. I did not expect that.
 
2014-03-14 12:03:17 PM
This is heartbreaking, not only for the animal but for the people. That they are in such bad financial shape that they feel the only alternative to their animals sickness is to put him down, and at a shelter anonymously, is very sad. I'm glad the rescue is able to help keep the three of them together.

I didn't realize having a dog put to sleep was so expensive. My vet doesn't charge anything for the service itself, just the cremation, which was if I remember correctly, in the $150 range around 7 yrs ago. I'm sure it's higher now, but that was the last time I had a pet put to sleep. Wasn't a one off either, that was the second pet I had to have put to sleep, and I wasn't charged for the first one either. Must just be his policy.
 
2014-03-14 12:04:10 PM
I love the dachshunds.  I am on my 2nd, named Nick.  My first was Doc.

Nick is almost 12, and he's slowing down a little.  Blind in one eye, going deafer by the day.  He just likes to lay in the sun, and go around the block occasionally, to check on his p-mail.  I love my little buddy.

How can you say no to a face like this?  My heart soars like a hawk, knowing that he is back with his peeps, and feeling better.

l2.yimg.com
 
2014-03-14 12:05:29 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-14 12:05:36 PM

tiamet4: I'm glad that little dog is going to be back with the people who love him.



As opposed to going to be with someone who might actually be able to live up to the commitment of being responsible for another living thing instead of dumping it with a "plz kill him, thx" note? Pets aren't a *right*... while it's sad that they lost the ability to take care of their dog, that doesn't make what they did any better. Article said they were from out of state, but could afford to travel there for a "mission trip", but couldn't pay for basic care? Sure. It must be exactly as simple as the article said, and not at all that they were unwilling to pay because those evil vets just wanted to steal their money for outrageously priced things.
 
2014-03-14 12:07:08 PM
all I could think of when reading about that couple is "God bless America, where the people who really need a helping hand rarely get it while whores exploit the system."  where's their "affordable" healthcare?
 
2014-03-14 12:07:15 PM
If you can't afford vet bills (or pet health insurance), you shouldn't own a dog.
 
2014-03-14 12:07:49 PM

Clemkadidlefark: [i.imgur.com image 400x400]


Did you leave the "N" out for fear of being called a racist?
 
2014-03-14 12:08:22 PM

Guns n' Farkin Roses: This is why we need more affordable "Do It Yourself" euthenization kits:

[www.welcomeget.com image 197x191]


www.awdirect.com
 
2014-03-14 12:08:23 PM
FTA: "...their dog, who is actually named Otto Wolfgang Maximus"

So much win in that story.
 
2014-03-14 12:16:07 PM
Nice url subby.
 
2014-03-14 12:17:53 PM
Thank God we live in a country of affordable, available healthcare where seniors do t have to make the choice between the dog or the dog food.
 
2014-03-14 12:18:58 PM

mbillips: If you can't afford vet bills (or pet health insurance), you shouldn't own a dog.

Agreed. If you add a dog to your home, knowing you can't afford vet bills, then you've made a bad decision. If your situation changes and as time goes by, you become unable to afford to to properly take care of your pet, it's sad and they tried to do something that they thought was best for the dog. (probably not the most well informed choice, but at least they tried)

 
2014-03-14 12:19:25 PM
Off to hug my dachshund boy

/sniff
 
2014-03-14 12:24:38 PM

Wellon Dowd: The cost of having a beloved pet euthanized is not cheap, either. One veterinarian paper put the total cost between $150-$800, which includes veterinarian services, drugs and cremation.

That's why I put my cat in a burlap sack and threw him into the river.


The Humane Society will do it for around $15.
 
2014-03-14 12:27:25 PM

GDubDub: Wellon Dowd: The cost of having a beloved pet euthanized is not cheap, either. One veterinarian paper put the total cost between $150-$800, which includes veterinarian services, drugs and cremation.

That's why I put my cat in a burlap sack and threw him into the river.

The Humane Society will do it for around $15.


Does that include a sack or do I have to provide one?
 
2014-03-14 12:35:29 PM

Wellon Dowd: GDubDub: Wellon Dowd: The cost of having a beloved pet euthanized is not cheap, either. One veterinarian paper put the total cost between $150-$800, which includes veterinarian services, drugs and cremation.

That's why I put my cat in a burlap sack and threw him into the river.

The Humane Society will do it for around $15.

Does that include a sack or do I have to provide one?


Pepsi just flew out my nose.  Thanks for that :)
 
2014-03-14 12:59:58 PM
Peppy (yes that Peppy) posthumously thanks then, and wants steak.

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/He did get steak during his last week.
/Heart was so full of love, it enlarged and wouldn't fit his chest anymore
 
2014-03-14 01:00:15 PM

HelloNeuman: mbillips: If you can't afford vet bills (or pet health insurance), you shouldn't own a dog.


Agreed. If you add a dog to your home, knowing you can't afford vet bills, then you've made a bad decision. If your situation changes and as time goes by, you become unable to afford to to properly take care of your pet, it's sad and they tried to do something that they thought was best for the dog. (probably not the most well informed choice, but at least they tried)

Didn't you, mbillips, ever see any of the multitude of stories of people who had their homes foreclosed on and their lives ruined because of the recession?  The lucky dogs went to the pound, the not-so-lucky were left to starve in those homes, or worse.

 Life isn't always picture-perfect and good for you if you were unaffected by the lack of oversight by the government's "financial watchdogs."  Consider yourself very lucky.  These were elderly folks whose standard of living has probably declined drastically since 2009; they obviously took good care of the dog for many years, but just couldn't any longer.  So, try to have a modicum of empathy, eh?
 
2014-03-14 01:00:33 PM
Why doesn't somebody help these poor people with THEIR healthcare costs? Sure, it's nice to help dogs/cats, but surely people deserve the same help.
 
2014-03-14 01:04:01 PM
Thanks THEM (damn it's dusty in here)
 
2014-03-14 01:54:11 PM
Sure is dusty in here.

The couple lives outside of California and was on a ministry trip when they dropped Otto at the shelter.

Wait, what? They can't even afford to pay their own medical bills and they are on a ministry trip?
 
2014-03-14 02:20:23 PM

Cold_Sassy: AugieDoggyDaddy: My last dog was a grey faced old lady when I adopted her.   Skin and bones from cancer, she lived two more years.  miss her a lot.  Don't miss the explosive diarrhea.

Are you the fellow here on FARK that only adopts senior dogs?


Yes,  but I hope I'm not the only one here.  Old dogs rule.  Down side is they don't last as long.

The new girl is ten years old but plays like a puppy.
 
2014-03-14 02:27:03 PM
It's a sad story all around for both the owners and the poor dog - who could do nothing to help but love his owners.

The couple lives outside of California and was on a ministry trip when they dropped Otto at the shelter. They will pick the dog up at the end of the month when they are able to get enough money to purchase new tires for their vehicle.

Every time some neo-libertarian, dominionist or right-wing asshole tries to claim that we should cut the social safety nets apart and expect church chartities to care for our poor and needy I want to slap them across the face with a copy of this story. Charity events and services are something that I'm sure some churches take seriously, while for others it's simply good PR/marketing. But these efforts are patchwork, uncoordinated, not mandatory and so are unreliable for our society. They are absolutely NO substitute for systematic, society-wide, programs to help the most vulnerable.

Just to drive it home:
"We just are living week to week," one of the pet parents, who wished to remain anonymous, told KTLA in an interview. "We can't even go to the hospital to get our treatment."

These people are active enough in their church that they are going on mission trips, but the church isn't helping them with health care for even their OWN needs - nor should we expect them to.

In a country with a single-payer healthcare system that elderly couple would not have this problem. We should catch up to the modern world and implement one at home. No one should have to go without healthcare simply for not being born in to enough wealth to afford it for the rest of your life.

And the constant robotic refrain of blaming the poor, "Well they should just stop being poor and work harder" is a bunch of festering nonsense. Most of the poor in America WORK ALREADY. They work full time, sometimes more than one job, and often in difficult, shiatty jobs which require far more effort than any CEO's position. For the average citizen the main determining factor of how financially successful one is in America is what kind of wealth they were born in to, not how hard they work.

Why we continue to treat the right-wing myths of the lazy poor and the evil social welfare programs as anything but putrid lies meant to innoculate enough people against empathy so some amoral farks can continue to grasp power is beyond me.
 
2014-03-14 02:27:06 PM

EnormousGreenRageMonster: tiamet4: I'm glad that little dog is going to be back with the people who love him.


As opposed to going to be with someone who might actually be able to live up to the commitment of being responsible for another living thing instead of dumping it with a "plz kill him, thx" note? Pets aren't a *right*... while it's sad that they lost the ability to take care of their dog, that doesn't make what they did any better. Article said they were from out of state, but could afford to travel there for a "mission trip", but couldn't pay for basic care? Sure. It must be exactly as simple as the article said, and not at all that they were unwilling to pay because those evil vets just wanted to steal their money for outrageously priced things.


After 13 years he's probably extremely bonded to those people and vice versa.  A lot of older people (and not so old people) are in this situation.  In thirteen years you could easily go from "we can take care of a puppy" to "our dog is old and very sick and we've fallen on hard times".  It doesn't mean you don't love him.  Also, we're not talking about basic care, we're talking about a sick animal who is going to need tests and treatment in addition to basic care.


I live in a place that is close to 3 states so it would cost me less than $10 to travel to another state (less if I begged a ride from a friend or family member), while care for a very sick dog could be hundreds of dollars so it doesn't surprise me that they could make the trip in what they considered an emergency to end their friends' suffering.  What surprises me is that the vet didn't just do the euthanasia, as many would.  (However, I'm not judging the vet.  He may just not have been in a position to offer that service for free for one reason or another or maybe the owners were too ashamed to ask someone for help in person).

The owners said nothing about "evil vets" or "how dare they charge so much?".  Their letter made no judgements on anyone except themselves for being unable to care for him.  It sounds like they did the best they could in a bad situation.  Sometimes you have to and it's great when kind people can help out.

Not to mention, a sick elderly dog would have a slim chance at finding a home in a lot of shelters.  Returning him to a home that already wanted him seems like a win/win
 
2014-03-14 02:32:48 PM
I read this story on reddit Facebook four days ago.
 
2014-03-14 02:54:47 PM

AugieDoggyDaddy: Cold_Sassy: AugieDoggyDaddy: My last dog was a grey faced old lady when I adopted her.   Skin and bones from cancer, she lived two more years.  miss her a lot.  Don't miss the explosive diarrhea.

Are you the fellow here on FARK that only adopts senior dogs?

Yes,  but I hope I'm not the only one here.  Old dogs rule.  Down side is they don't last as long.

The new girl is ten years old but plays like a puppy.


Good on you!!  I always adopt animals that are 1-2 years old, because they are beyond their cute stage and from what I've been told at the shelters their chances are almost as poor as senior animals.  I wish I could do what you're doing but I couldn't take having to put them down that frequently. As I said before, kudos to you.  I have a 9 YO large breed that is just starting to fail and I can't bear to think of when she'll be crossing to the other side.

/I'll get another, though because I love dogs and there is always a lot of them that desperately need a loving home.
 
2014-03-14 03:25:41 PM
I put my old dog down just over 3 weeks ago. She was 17.5 years old. It was $220 for a dog that was less than 20 pounds.
I can see the problem that these people could have with vet bills / euthanasia.

/Still miss the pooch
//happy for this dog.
///rescued a cat. she is awesome.
 
2014-03-14 03:45:44 PM

OneDeltaTenTango: I put my old dog down just over 3 weeks ago. She was 17.5 years old. It was $220 for a dog that was less than 20 pounds.
I can see the problem that these people could have with vet bills / euthanasia.

/Still miss the pooch
//happy for this dog.
///rescued a cat. she is awesome.


I am sorry for your loss.  She had an extraordinarily long and happy life with you, it seems. That fee is ridiculous.  If you've had the same vet a long time they don't do that.  Last time I had to have one put down (about 5 years ago) it was $65.00.  Maybe I shouldn't be telling you this, but whoever the vet was they are a thief.
 
2014-03-14 03:48:27 PM

Cold_Sassy: OneDeltaTenTango: I put my old dog down just over 3 weeks ago. She was 17.5 years old. It was $220 for a dog that was less than 20 pounds.
I can see the problem that these people could have with vet bills / euthanasia.

/Still miss the pooch
//happy for this dog.
///rescued a cat. she is awesome.

I am sorry for your loss.  She had an extraordinarily long and happy life with you, it seems. That fee is ridiculous.  If you've had the same vet a long time they don't do that.  Last time I had to have one put down (about 5 years ago) it was $65.00.  Maybe I shouldn't be telling you this, but whoever the vet was they are a thief.


That was for cremation as well. Still think it was excessive.
 
2014-03-14 04:38:32 PM

DeadMouseTails: My vet doesn't charge anything for the service itself, just the cremation


That's just so he has money to buy all the other ingredients.
 
2014-03-14 08:15:28 PM

kroonermanblack: It's an old dog. Give it a pleasant death with the owners present, and get them a middle aged dog or something.

Just because we CAN string along a dog for 15-20 years doesn't mean we should, especially not when quality of life is so shiatty for most old dogs. And according to the article it has been for this one.

Had to put down two of ours. Took them to the vet and had it done because it was the right thing. It wasn't easy and we cried and burried them, but as the human it's my job to care for them, and sometimes that means giving them the rest they deserve.


Did you read where the owners COULDN'T AFFORD to have him decently put down and the vet wouldn't do it for free?
 
2014-03-14 10:25:33 PM

Gyrfalcon: kroonermanblack: It's an old dog. Give it a pleasant death with the owners present, and get them a middle aged dog or something.

Just because we CAN string along a dog for 15-20 years doesn't mean we should, especially not when quality of life is so shiatty for most old dogs. And according to the article it has been for this one.

Had to put down two of ours. Took them to the vet and had it done because it was the right thing. It wasn't easy and we cried and burried them, but as the human it's my job to care for them, and sometimes that means giving them the rest they deserve.

Did you read where the owners COULDN'T AFFORD to have him decently put down and the vet wouldn't do it for free?


And that all associated then decided the BEST thing to do for the dog was to medicate the fark out of it and return it to the owners? Yes, I read that story, and that's what prompted my post.

Because the dog is, and has been, sick. For a while. The owners can't care for him. They got a free pass this time. What about next time? The time after that? The time after that? Dogs don't just miraculously stop getting sick as they get older, his health issues are going to start multiplying, and his owners, due to age and income, are going to be increasingly unable to care for him. His quality of life is going to spiral down, and down.

So yes, I read the god damned farking story, did you?
 
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