Posted: Nov 11, 2014 2:33 am
by The_Metatron
My youngest boy had an optic nerve anomaly this last summer that had the appearance of being caused by brain cancer. For about three weeks, we didn't know what was the actual problem, which turned out to be not cancer or life threatening.

I had a taste of what it would be like to try to cure a seven year old boy of cancer. Man, you don't want to experience that.

My point is, because of what I learned this summer, I can very well weigh the ethical importance of the consequences of each situation.

I find myself unable to satisfactorily trump the expenditure of that $1100 on a dog in comparison to giving that money to a family with a child facing the same fate. If successful, there would be a last chemotherapy treatment for a child with cancer. Could be that I can make it possible for a family to get their kid to that treatment.

I know what is the most ethical thing to do. It is a surprisingly simple thing to resolve.

What it does nothing to resolve is how our family will feel about the death of our dog. This is the only dog my boys have known. For me, I've done this before. I don't have to like it, but I know what to do. But, I have to get my boys through this, and equip them to deal with the concept in a healthy way. Dogs don't live as long as people do. For that matter, people don't always live as long as people do.

It is this pain of loss with which we must learn to cope.