On the day I read it, I found the topic sufficiently depressing that my first reaction was “no way am I putting that on the CGC blog.” But the more I thought about it, a good part of the Canine Good Citizen program is responsible dog ownership and this question relates to that topic.
In this particular ethics column a veterinarian wrote in to say that one of his/her clients is an elderly woman with an 8-year-old Pomeranian. Should something happen to the dog owner, she has no friends or family to take the dog. The owner wanted the vet to sign a form agreeing to euthanize the dog should the owner die before the dog does. The vet asked, “What should I do?”
The answer was long, but the gist of it was if the dog could go on to live a happy life, it should be allowed to do so. Since the woman was not dying, it was suggested that she get her affairs in order including finding a loving adoption for her dog in the event of an emergency.
Do you agree with the Ethicists conclusion? Do you have a plan for your dog(s) if something happens to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.