After having the critter for 12 years, it would be kinder to put it down than to give it away. They are busy, raising two kids and both working, the dog has accidents because he can't handle the long days anymore. A trusted dog walker could come in and let the old dog out. They could take the dog with them, and crate it in the vehicle, safely, and let it out at lunch or take a break during the day.
There are ways to make it work if the dog is still lively. A dog that is incontinent and paralyzed and 12 years old now is on its last leg, and the end is coming. Like it or not. Time to teach your kids about loving a pet enough not to let him suffer, and to let him go.
Maybe it is cultural though too. A lot of the comments on that thing were racist, but it is true that different cultures do think of death, dying, euthanasia for pets, etc. differently.
I guess what bothers me is that these people have gone a couple of extra miles for this dog. Not everyone will purchase a wheel chair. It seems like they are not having a problem with the monetary aspect of owning a senior. Maybe having someone come in and let the dog out isn't beyond the realm of possibilty for this dog. Until he is ready to go on.
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