Monday, May 01, 2006

What the [censored]?

Longtime visitors to my blog know that I'm the proud caretaker of Dreyfus, a 2-year-old German Shepherd who happens to have epilepsy. So you will understand why I got all choked up when I read this story the other day. From the story:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A couple who thought they were watching their epileptic dog being euthanized actually witnessed a simple sedation procedure concocted so the veterinary clinic could later give the canine to another owner, they claim in a lawsuit. Dana and Gary Ganyer said they cried while watching what they thought was the death of Annie, a 2-year-old German shepherd that had increasingly frequent and debilitating seizures. ... Rizzo [the 2nd owner - Ed.] said Annie had seizures every few weeks, but between them "she was perfectly normal." Annie was euthanized after Rizzo said she lapsed into a coma-like state for two days and his veterinarian told him the dog was "really suffering."
There are some details missing from the story, but one thing is clear: Annie deserved better than she got. (For the record: Dreyfus had a full checkup last month, and he is in perfect health. His medication has kept him seizure-free for six months, which is 3.5 years in doggie-years! While I know my time with him is finite, I want everyone to know that I will always do right by him.)