Back when I was researching adoptable dogs, I came across one that I thought was a good fit. But when I read the adoption application for that particular rescue group, it asked some questions that irritated me. One was something like:
"How much money are you willing to spend for the medical care of your pet?"
Well. I had just spent a not-even-small fortune caring for a beloved pet in his last months. Perhaps it was because of my emotional state, but I was offended.
I know why they ask the question. They want to make sure that the first time there is an illness, the dog doesn't end up back in a shelter (or worse) because the adopter won't accept the expense.
I was still offended.
Interestingly, the question came up at my office today:
"Would you pay $3,000 for a surgery for your dog?"
"Um...yes. I have, actually," was my response.
The debate started because a colleague had recently made that decision - surgery to repair the blown ACL on a large 4 1/2 year old dog.
The debate was impressive. The responses were everywhere from "No way" to "Absolutely" and everything in between.
"How old is the dog?"
"Is it life-or-death surgery?"
"Are there any other alternatives?"
It went on for awhile.
The end of the story is the best: said colleague returned home after deciding to go ahead with the surgery. He found his three children had set up a lemonade stand in the front yard with a sign:
"Our Dog Needs Surgery"
If that wasn't enough, the dog was in the yard with them. After they closed up shop, they handed their dad the $39 and change they had earned that day.
I feel like handing him some cash myself.