Should Jason Save His Dog

Posted By: The Jerry Agar Show · 1/8/2014 8:52:00 AM

Yesterday, my producer Jason Chapman and his wife went to Buffalo yesterday to talk to a vet about his dog Nukah.  She's almost 11-years old.  It turns out, she has many medical problems including a torn ACL.  In the U.S. the vet is quoting roughly $3,000 to operate.  Here in Toronto, the quote is closer to $5,000.  What should he do, what would you do?

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  1. Michael posted on 01/08/2014 09:58 AM
    What should Jason do about his dog? - Whatever his heart tells him to do in combination with what his bank account can afford. That's the logical answer.
    "But what does logic have to do with matters of the heart?"
  2. Leni Vander Kooij posted on 01/08/2014 10:57 AM
    I have been listening to your show about "save your dog" and I am so distraught about today's society and the emphasis on pets. We have owned many dogs, and as a child had dogs and cats n our farm. But they are not people, and when we spend SO much money on pets, pet food, pet health and pet toys---yet have no money for Mental Illness, Developmental Handicapped people, poverty----I could weep. What are our priorities?
    1. Kela posted on 01/10/2014 10:25 AM
      @Leni Vander Kooij You're distraught over people's love for their pets? That doesn't make an sense to me, it's sounds as though you are an advocate for less caring. And where a given person chooses to place there money really isn't any business of yours. You have a perception that if I didn't have a dog and thus didn't waste all that money on it that I would give to the issues of YOUR choice over my own. Not to say that your listed issues are not good issues to support but there is no guarantee that dog owners would thus place there money in them over other issues you personally feel are not warranted.
      I sincerely hope you no longer have any pets in your home and that those animals instead live in homes where they are a priortiy because they deserve to be loved and cared for.
  3. Marion Janis-Green posted on 01/08/2014 11:22 AM
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  4. Walter posted on 01/10/2014 12:02 PM
    When our dog was put down a few years ago it was old age (he was 13) and not a medical condition. But it did get me thinking that besides the companionship, the dog also helped the family and kids deal with the death of a loved one. This life lesson came in handy when a grandparent passed away.
    Before that we had a horse pass away from a twisted stomach. We decided the cost was too high and at an advanced age, the recovery from surgery may not be as great as possible. We saved that money and it came in handy when our (human) child had a medical condition that was not covered by OHIP.
    Save the money for people, not pets.
  5. Angry Bill posted on 01/16/2014 10:57 AM
    There's a saying that goes something along the lines of being able to tell what kind of a man someone is by the way he treats his dog. By the same token, as hard as it might be, you need to look at the quality of life of your dog, and how much pain he will be in. Sometimes, it's more kind to let him go, as hard as that may be.

    I was going to say something in my own words, but I came across this gem that I'll share with you:

    Just a Dog

    From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up. It's just a dog."
    or "That's a lot of money for just a dog."

    They don't understand the distance traveled, time spent or costs involved for "Just a dog".

    Some of my proudest moments have come about with "Just a dog".
    Many hours have passed with my only company being "Just a dog"
    and not once have I felt slighted.
    Some of my saddest moments were brought about by "just a dog".
    In those days of darkness ,
    the gentle touch of "Just a dog" provided comfort
    and purpose to overcome the day.

    If you, too, think it's "Just a dog", you will probably understand phrases like
    "Just a friend" or "just a sunrise" or "Just a promise".

    "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust,
    and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

    Because of "Just a dog" I will rise early,
    take long walks, and look longingly to the future.

    For me and folks like me, it's not "Just a dog".
    It's an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
    the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

    "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts
    away from myself and the worries of the day.

    I hope that someday people can understand it's not "Just a dog."
    It's the thing that gives me humanity and keep me from being
    "Just a man " or "Just a woman".

    So the next time you hear the phrase "Just a dog",
    Smile because they "Just don't understand"..

    R. Bily, Versatile Hunting Dog, 2006
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