|02-05-2014 04:43 PM|
|Ali B.||This guy's a real piece of work. I really hope someone does adopt him who will care for him the way he deserves to be cared for because this guy sure as heck doesn't deserve to have him.|
|02-05-2014 03:01 PM|
They'll quite possibly run out & get a puppy.
I remember my daughter nursing her aging ratty little Toy Poodle his last years. (Simba coulda been PosterPup for the adage 'purebred isn't necessarily well bred'). She was so tender...so patient, so utterly involved. She spent his final week holding him & crying inconsolably b/c it was apparent even to a young child that he was dying & was beyond medical help, beyond even 'miracles'. To this day she remembers that as sick & weak as he was, Simba met her at the door the last day of his life, still happy to see her. My daughter earned that precious memory, a memory this schmoe will never have.
|02-04-2014 04:53 PM|
|LARHAGE||Agree Selzer, I wonder if that man will be so philosophical if he ends up in a nursing home cause his family can't be bothered. The thing is when you choose to have pets it should encompass the whole life of that pet, not just the easy, good times, part of life is we all grow old and need to be taken care of, yeah it's hard, but so what???? If you are not prepared for this aspect of pet ownership than don't get one, buy stuffed animals that don't have a heart and needs and emotions!!! This is a cowardly selfish act in my eyes. I hope they never get another dog.|
|02-04-2014 04:44 PM|
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|02-04-2014 02:01 PM|
|02-04-2014 08:01 AM|
At first I was outraged. 12 years! Couldn't even being to think how he come to terms with such an option! And I thought what about teaching his boys love and loyalty and life and responsibilites.
When I watched the video, it was apparent how much he does love the dog. He has already been doing this for 2 years, a good amount of financial, emotional and physical effort and I can imagine it must be exhausting with two little boys in the family as well. Easier would have been to euthanize the dog than to come out and face the flack for seeking another home for him. I wonder why they didnt just hire a dog walker or a friend to help out a few times a week? Interesting that the wife is completely out of the picture.
|02-03-2014 11:14 PM|
I think it takes guts to realize when you cannot meet the needs of your pet any longer. It is still possible to find him a good home with someone who has the time and patience for an elderly dog.
I remember a dog at the shelter so old and sick with every kind if ailment you could think of. He was taken away from owners who had him living outside all winter and he could barely walk. His name was Cooper. I was sure he would die before anyone would adopt him but I heard no less than two months ago that he's well and alive lol.
Also my last dog was an elderly boy. He was 10 already when we got him he only lived a year with us before passing on and yes taking care of an older dog is a lot of work.
Putting him to sleep is not necessarily a nicer thing to do than rehoming him. Dogs live in the moment. If he finds a good family willing to meet his needs I don't see the problem. The owner said this is not something he wants to do and he didn't mention even selling him or anything about money. He just wants to find someone with the time for the dog. B/c every dog deserves that. Especially in old age. At least he's big enough to realize that and find a better place for him. Sometimes life gets in the way of things. Not every dog owner who choses to give up their dog is a monster. Maybe the old boy really will be better off elsewhere ? Maybe he could make someone else extremely happy and blessed to have him just like my elderly puppy did to our family.
|02-03-2014 10:28 PM|
My flat coated retriever passed away about 10 months ago. Her health declined to the point where she could no longer stand more than a few moments at a time. We had to carry her out and hold her up to do her business. We cared for her because we loved her as much as she loved us. When we saw in her eyes that it was time to let her go, we made one last trip to the vet and lovingly held her until the very end. Was it difficult? Absolutely. But she dedicated her life to me. How could I do any less for her?
My heart breaks for that poor dog. It's even worse that he talks about it so casually as if it were no big deal. Disgusting.
|02-03-2014 10:03 PM|
|Shaolin||I know this sounds mean....so forgive me...but if the dog is truly having that many problems, wouldn't it be more humane to euthanize the dog? I'm not in any means advocating that the minute a dog gets sick they should be PTS, but I've always felt that when a dog cannot do the things they enjoy and they become incontinent, then it's time to do the right thing.|
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