Say you know a person with a dog, this person falls into hard times, which happens I know. The person gets behind on bills but will make sure his dog is fed. To this person, the dog is all he has. Now the question is...if he does feed it but can't afford the vet. Should he keep the dog? The dog absolutely adores the person and gets upset if they are separated .
I don't think falling on hard times means you immediately have to give up your animal. IMO, if the dog is being fed and cared for and is happy where he is, then there is no reason to preemptively give him away. If the time comes that veternary care is needed and not afforded, there are options. Fund raising is one, borrowing from friends or family another. If all avenues are taken and come up short, then maybe that would be the time to think about surrendering the animal to someone who can give it the proper care it needs. Like all stages in life, hard times come and go, and hopefully this person will be able to pull out of it before such circumstance are upon them.
Excellent post, StaceyB. I agree completely. They would still need to do stuff like flea prevention, but you can get Bio-spot at Big Lots for $3.. Stuff like yearly vaccinations, I think if it is an indoor dog, and not going to dog parks, and one has fallen on very hard times, the dog would be better off skipping the vaccinations and keeping his current family. Bad times do pass.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Here is a question along the same lines, when you see a homeless person with a dog, do you feel more for the person or the dog. I know I always feel for the dog more. I think dogs give so much to the people they love and if I was ever in that situation I would go without so my dog would be taken care of. You see so many people that post their pets on Craig’s list," Moved to new apartment and it doesn't allow animals". That’s like moving somewhere that doesn't allow children so you give up your child. Just does not make sense to me. The dogs in my life have given me more than any money can ever give me. Unconditional love and acceptance. You can't put a price tag on that.
Dogs dont need yearly vaccinations. They need all their puppy shots and they should be immune for life. You can do every 3-5 years but yearly is not necessary.
I'd say keep the dog. He can even put a couple dollars away a week, spare change even, in case the dog does need vet care there is something there. He could always work with the vet on a payment plan too.
I think giving up the dog is the very last option. Dogs are loyal animals, i believe that my dog would still choose to be with me even if i can only provide him with garbage to eat. And i would never give him up even if I have to starve myself. However, if he were extremely sick and needs immediate medical attention and i were not able to provide to him, then I would reconsider keeping him to myself. Of course to prevent that from EVER happening, chocho has had insurance ever since he was born. Even though I havn't really needed to put it in use yet (knock on wood), i feel more secure when thinking of situations like the above.
The pooch and owner need each other. I think it would be cruel to both to separate them. If someone is having a hard time financially, then maybe someone else could offer to help with vet bills temporarily?
The donation could even be anonymous.
Just my thoughts, Heather
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/8/2008 6:06:13 AM*** Reason: Advertising
"Strive to be the person your dog believes you to be."
Keep the dog. The emotional and spiritaual benefit of caring for the canine will reinforce the humans Kharma and strengthen the Chi. Do good for the universe and the universe will return the favor....the love, the love is the most important thing.
I believe that in each persons individual life we go through hard times, if we did not something would be wrong. God test each individual and will never put more on you than you can bare. If that Dog is eating and being cared for on a normal bases, what is it to you that this person would make sure that his or her Dog eats before them. I have three little boys that I care for dearly and if there was not enough food for me to eat guess what my babies would damn sure eat first before anything, and maybe that is how your friend feels, that could be the only child that they will ever have. People are funny when it comes to there pets and I am one of them! Hope my post helps you with your friends... Have a wonderful day Ephesians 2vs8-9 For by grace you have been saved, and through faith and this not from yourselves it is the gift of GOD not by works so the no one can boast.
I don't think it is fair to ask of a dog to wait on medical care, surrender it in a traumatic time in its life such a an injury that requires an expensive procedure, or worst put it to sleep because you aren't able to provide for it. And then what? Just get another one and hope it doesn't "break"?
Sure, pets are wonderful and therapeutic but humans tend to be impulsive and selfish.
Life is messy and it does have its ups and downs but it calls for patience, and using your brain. Some people need to prioritize, get themselves together and wait for the pleasures of life no matter how much it hurts or how ready they feel they are in the process.
This is why divorce rates as well as single mothers, not to mention disposable pets and spoiled rotten children are so high.
Good things come to those who wait.
And this is the strong opinion of someone who used to say everyone should own a dog...
I was only asking because this person is my father.he's had whitney for 8 yrs now. I was at his house the other day and noticed whitney had a cluster of lumps on her stomach and when I mentioned it to him he said he knows about them but can't afford the vet.my dad is the kind that if he only had a little food hed give it to her and starve himself. That is his baby. He has a lot of health problems that's left him jobless and on disability which we all know isn't much. So vet care is out. I'm just a nursing student with 2 young kids to raise so I can't help. Part of me feels bad for him because he will be lost when she dies but then my heart goes out to her because what if it is cancer. Though,if she would die today shed be one of the happiest dogs ever.
This is a hard one. The dog has been with your father for eight years. There is a bond. But the dog looks to your father for all his needs which include vet care. He must find some help somewhere. Maybe asking family and/or friends ? Maybe have a garage/yard sale ? Find a vet that will accept a payment plan ? Sometimes we have to do what we have to do when it comes to helping our furry four legged friends. I know i would sell everything i own if thats what it took to save any one of mine. But there are resources out there, sometimes it just takes putting out the extra effort to exhaust them all. Maybe he can check out these links and find one that will help him out.
He obviously sought out and receives help for his own disabilities at the very least he owes the same to his companion. Although, I am willing to bet this dog has suffered quietly and gone with out for some time now, if not most of her life.
Sometimes it is people like you and I who need to step in and try to look out for the best interests of the animals. I know with my own mother, she was horrible with rehoming animals as I grew up. I can't tell you how many times she took in dogs and placed them at every little basic training bump in the road. I cried my eyes out countless times and I am lucky with me the cycle did not carry on, as it sometimes does.
The people in your family who love him, need to help him see this is no life for someone you love and if and when this dog passes away after long and painful illness instead of supporting and helping him to get another dog... Get him involved in interactions in other ways, bring him to dog parks and doing senior activities rather than burdening himself and another animal with their basic medical care.
How does he do on his own? Not to get personal, but have you and your family discussed getting him some help as far as a place equipped to handle things like his living situation and problems? Room mate(s)? No one expects you to jump in and pay for this, but it would be a shame if you also stood by and did nothing at the same time.
Unfortunately a lot of dogs are left behind the aftermath of a long history of unintentional neglect living with the elderly who could not provide for them.
***Edited By: pope1982 on 6/10/2008 5:33:27 PM*** Reason: ADD
"Though,if she would die today shed be one of the happiest dogs ever."
The same could be said for every dog who is someones companion. They are such trusting and forgiving souls who deserve some dignity as they age, when the second time they will need us most in their life. First being puppy... but the aging is the part no one really tries to think about. Being a puppy, that goes by so fast.
Unfortunately, aging is a slower process that lingers.
I have a neighbour who's dog is turning 17years of age this summer... she's a cockerspaniel, and the dog in all it's life has never set foot into a veterinary clinic... no needles, nothing..
Never been to a groomers either, of course they bath and brush her themselves. She's loved, fed...
She's had about 5-6 litters in her lifetime too... and the dog is still healthy as can be!
We got a puppy from one of those litters... he's now 6-7yrs old? And eats barf diet, very healthy, and just recently went to the vet.... he got sick afterwards.. but we got him back to full health... parents refuse to ever take him to the vet again...
I also have 2 shih tzus... they see the vet often, and the groomers.. fed a high quality diet... and they get sick! But, I continue to take them to see the vet....
But, I honestly believe it shouldnt matter either a person can afford to take their dog to the vet or not.. I'm sure if something serious happened to their dog... they'd do something about it