Thursday, August 26, 2010
Samwise: The Not-So-Great Pyrenees
Sam is a not-so-Great Pyrenees. One day he'll be great, but for now he's a 9 week old pip-squeak that can hardly get all four limbs working together. But, he looks like a little Polar Bear, and is therefor irresistible.
My wife is an emergency Veterinary Technician. And as such she comes across plenty of perfectly good animals who's owners want to Euthanize for no good reason. We've never "purchased" a pet (well, not the big ones); they've all been rescued. Including our 95 lb. Golden Retriever, Jackson - who is, by the way, the greatest dog in all of dogdom or dog history! Sorry, your's may be a fine dog, but Jackson is just better. There's always someone or something that is better than the rest, and Jackson is that dog. As is the case with Jackson (the Super Dog) - who's owners wanted to put him down as a 12 week old puppy because he was vomiting - Sam's owner wanted him put to sleep because he had the nasty Canine parvovirus. Untreated, its almost always fatal; with treatment the survival rate is 80-95%. "Well, ma'am. This cute little bear looking puppy only has an 85-90% chance of surviving and thriving. What would you like to do?" "Um... Like, I can't be bothered with such slim chances. You'd better KILL IT."
See how those things work?