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March 29, 2010 at 8:29 pm 3 comments

The Distorted Perspective on euphemasia

sarabeth photography’s photo essay on red lake rosie’s rescue

Why coffee makes you pee

No more pumpkin on store shelves (we still have plenty in the freezer)

A forest of ginormous dog sculptures – WANT, WANT, WANT!

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  • 1. Rob McMillin  |  March 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Our friends at the local veterinary oncology clinic report a rather dramatically lowered number of patients willing to treat.

    The euthenasia story linked to at the end of that piece is utterly horrifying.

  • 2. YesBiscuit  |  March 30, 2010 at 5:14 am

    My local grocery stores ran out of pumpkin immediately after the announcement of the impending shortage. The lady in the article was lucky to find some. Been baking lots of sweet potatoes in place of pumpkin.

  • 3. Eleanor  |  March 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I remember working extensively with a dog, his breeder, a pro trainer and my vet for aggression that wouldn’t be cured. It was ultimately decided that the best option was to euthanize the dog. There were small children in the home. Worse. Those small children were mine. *I* could have lived with the dog, but the possibility of something happening to the kids because I wasn’t strong enough to make the responsible decision ultimately spurred me to move forward. The appt with my vet was made.

    And when I got there, he was out on an emergency call, and we were seen by a partner I’d never met before. This doctor of veterinary medicine cried, He begged. He pleaded. He asked if I’d surrender the dog to Lab rescue. (I WAS Lab rescue) Ultimately, he did agree to euthanize the dog, who went into generalized seizures when the sedative was administered.

    All in all, quite a horrific day. I went to speak to my veterinarian about it the next day, and the partner was gone soon after that.

    People on all sides of the needle have their horror stories to tell.

    It’s got to be very tough to be a veterinarian being asked to take action he or she personally disagrees with. I can’t blame them for drawing the line at being willing to lie, though. Part of being a responsible pet owner (and a responsible parent) is making the hard choices and then living with the consequences. Only the very poorest sort of character would try to put the blame on someone else.

    If I were that veterinarian, I wouldn’t be treating that family’s next dog.

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