QUOTE (~*Twilight~Zone*~ @ 27/02/2013, 04:51 PM)
Sedawson - that's the second post I've seen of yours this week recommending someone put their dog to sleep. Seems to be the only solution you have for people.
I don't think I'm as terrified of euthanasia as other people are, certainly. I think in some cases it's a reasonable option.
I think with a 15-year-old dog, it's one option, yes. As I mentioned, how much more is he going to get out of life? And I think most dog owners already know that there's not much you can do with a chronic barker.
The other time I made the suggestion was in response to a poster who has spent a small fortune trying to rehabilitate a very psychologically damaged dog which has been bolting through traffic. This can kill not only a dog, but a human child if a car has to swerve.
Death by euthanasia is almost instant and there is no more suffering for the dog or the owner aside from normal grieving. I support it for humans and I don't feel it makes me inhumane to support it, in certain circumstances, for animals.
I eat meat daily as I suspect you do too and have been indirectly responsible for the suffering and death of thousands of animals over my lifetime because of it. I feel that most people would rather selfishly continue to keep a physically or mentally suffering animal alive to save their own tender feelings, and that this is not always in an animal's best interests.
Love your suffering dog, feed them their favourite food, spend the day with them, hold them close and give them the things they crave but aren't usually allowed to have. Then if it's the best choice, have them painlessly put to sleep. They do not know.