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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle
I should also mention that the only reason I can see this happening is if I am diagnosed with a terminal illness or something. I would (and have) sacrifice a lot to keep my animals through my various moves!
If I knew I was terminally ill, I would try to find them homes before putting them to sleep as well.
post #32 of 46
I've dumped many men in favor of my pets!
post #33 of 46
I can't even fathom such an idea!!!!
post #34 of 46
That is so sad. Of course I would never have my cats killed for such a reason.

When I was little I was told that love for an animal can never be a strong as love for a person. I was told that when I got older I would understand that. I'll be 46 next month... still waiting to understand that.
post #35 of 46
I cetainly dont know the whole story but something simliar did happen to me...

My mom pts our 13.5 yr old german shepard , we were moving from Phoenix to omaha and his hips wouldnt have been able to take it ( the only thing avail at the time was asprin) and mom and I couldnt lift his 125 lb body up and down the stairs...
post #36 of 46
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Originally Posted by Arlyn
I've dumped many men in favor of my pets!
I second that!!

Before I ever dated a man I found out if he loved animals...not just liked them...loved them. If not than no way..sorry. When I moved up here I made sure that it would be suitable for him and if it wasn't I would have never come.
post #37 of 46
One thing that bothers me is that most of the people who wrote in favor of the lady cited their life examples with sick and in pain pets. Her pets were elderly but not sick and not in pain. She did not do it because of a poor quality of life in her animals, but because she did not want to take them with her because of what MIGHT happen. The readers supported her choice to put down her dogs (or at least most of the letters we saw). I think every person on this board would be in favor of putting an animal to sleep if it was hurting, or had a poor quality of life. The putting the animals to sleep is not the issue, it is the REASONING behind it that I disagree with. It seems the supportive letters missed that and took it to mean that she felt bad because she had her animals put down, not that she felt bad because of WHY she had them put down.
post #38 of 46
NEVER would I ever do that. A life is a life, regardless of species.
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
I second that!!

Before I ever dated a man I found out if he loved animals...not just liked them...loved them. If not than no way..sorry. When I moved up here I made sure that it would be suitable for him and if it wasn't I would have never come.
I went on a lunch date with an ex yesterday, and since we'd split I'd got my kittens. I told him I had two kittens, and he didn't ask their names, what sex they were, how old they were - nothing. He said he never had pets as a child but 'never mind'. Then he said he wanted to try again with our relationship, and I've been wondering if I was being foolish for thinking it wouldn't work when he wasn't interested in my babies - now I feel reassured!! Thank you

I think any relationship I have in the future will need to take account of my love for ALL animals, there's no way on earth I'd let my boys suffer because of a man. If it came down to it, him or them - sorry mate, but my kitties come first.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by sharky
I cetainly dont know the whole story but something simliar did happen to me...

My mom pts our 13.5 yr old german shepard , we were moving from Phoenix to omaha and his hips wouldnt have been able to take it ( the only thing avail at the time was asprin) and mom and I couldnt lift his 125 lb body up and down the stairs...
That is very different. For one thing, it was your Mom making the choice, not you. And your dog had painful health problems, that your Mom thought would be made worse by the cold weather in Omaha. She did what she felt she had to do. Very different from thinking a healthy dog would be too hot in Hawaii! She said:

As part of this transition, I also chose to have my two beloved chow chow dogs put to sleep. This was done for a variety of reasons, including their age and temperament, the smaller living quarters in Hawaii, the tropical climate and frequent travels, all with the goal of making our new life as stress-free as possible. I adored those dogs, but I justified their sacrifice to the greater good of a successful relationship.

It sounds to me like she euthed the dogs for convenience. She didn't even try to take them with her. That is not right.
post #41 of 46
Good Lord, NO WAY, unreal, unthinkable!!!

I would NEVER EVER EVER give up my pets for a MAN. For ANYONE. They're with me for life. Til the end!

I'd rather be an old maid with my lovely pets than move cross country after killing my pets all in the name of 'LOVE'!

Blah this story made me feel sick... there goes my coffee

Why didn't the woman just live on her own, WITH her dogs, until they died of natural causes (old age) versus "having" to kill them to be with this guy? Lord that's confusing.
post #42 of 46
NO WAY JOSE! i would either give them to a friend..or just wait till they pass away peacefully.. the title 'I KILLED MY PETS' is a bit harsh..i mean she had them euthenized, they make it sound like she like broke their necks..but no..i would not do that!! i mean..i hear hawaii is expensive anyway..lol. who wants to live in a super expensive place now?
post #43 of 46
SELFISH SELFISH SELFISH.

How hard could it be to drive them to a shelter and surrender them?

IMO that lady is an idiot. It's too bad she's just now realizing it.
post #44 of 46
That is horrible! When you get a pet, you are commitment for life! That makes me sick!
post #45 of 46
No man is worth my pet's life. If I had to take a job in Hawaii, I would give my pets to a family member to look after, but that would only be if there was no way i could take them with me.
post #46 of 46
That is something I would NEVER NEVER do. I would not get serious with a bloke who couldnt accept my cats were part of my life. I am confused though, as I thought Chows were quite friendly dogs - my mums friend used to breed them, and out of the 4 I met, only one was a bit iffy with humans, the other three were so friendly they thought they wouldnt stop a burglar!! I think the vet was out of order for doing it as well - someone went to my vets a few months back with 2 9 year old cats, as they were moving abroad, couldnt take the cats and hadn't been able to find them a home (there are 3 no kill shelters locally) - my vet refused, contacted me to see if I could take them on, I got permission, but by the time I got back to her, she had already found a home for them with another client. She did still charge them though. And as for the advice she was given - I do think volunteering in a shelter would be a good thing, purely to a - give the shelter some help, and b - to make her realise this could have been an option for her.
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