I saved him from a bullet
January 26, 2009 6:44am CST
A person I know, who lives up in the mountains among hunters, farmers and goat herders has a 15 year old German Shepherd cross. The dog has always had problems with his legs, since he was "accidentely" shot by some hunters when he was very young. He now has a very badly swollen back leg and this person was considering terminating his life, as he is so old and probably not repairable. However, as he has no money, he asked for some local help and they offered to shoot him (its free you see.) The crux of the story is that, if I had not visited yesterday, he would be dead now with a bullet through his head. How horrific is that? I now have him here in my apartment, hes not fantastic, but he can get up and he widdles outside in the atrium directly into a drain. So I dont think it is the end of him yet, Im gonna give him a few days and some drugs to see if we cant pull him through. Have I done the right thing do you think, or am I interfering?
26 Jan 09
No we dont diana, and thats why I wanted to give him a chance here in the warm. Unfortunately I had to get rid of one of my other dogs to accomodate him, oh its so difficult here, and in rented accommodation I cant risk rubbing the landlady up the wrong way. Anyway, we'll see how it goes, I will do the right thing by him.
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26 Jan 09
I think you have done the noble thing but I would take him to the vet and get a report of the extent of his problems. If he is in pain all the time and trust sometimes there are meds that can help and if that is the case then by all means do the meds. But what I'm trying to get at is the quality of life thing and not necessarily the quantity. What good is quantity if you are miserable every day of your life and getting worse and there is no hope of getting better and your are in constant agony. But if the quality of life can be maintain then the quantity should be there too. I now we don't say hey we help humans to the other side because they are in pain constantly. But I have seem humans in pain and just want it to end.. Prolonging pain is never a good thing if the pain can't be taken care of. Just take the doggy to the vet and get a detailed report and then discuss quality of life!!! I think without that information you can't make a great decision on what to do with the dog.
26 Jan 09
I have known this dog for a few years and I remember him being in pain with his legs, he would cry out very painfully. He is not now crying out, his leg is swollen and he seems to find it difficult to move, but not showing pain. Anyway, I will take him to a vet, but I cant afford to. I have a very dear friend who runs a book stall which funds local animal welfare (there is nothing official here for animals) and she agreed that I can have him destroyed humanely if necessary and she will pay. Lets hope it doesnt come to that in the very near future. Thanks for your advice, I agree with you entirely.