A simple and reasonable question…
Nearly all pet owners are eventually faced with the question of euthanizing their beloved pet. Either due to age, illness or injury we are asked by the doctor to make a choice. I myself had to give my consent when my cat was poisoned. But, while it is one thing to nod your head as the veterinarian prepares the injection, it is quite another to violently pull the trigger yourself. This is why the climax to “Old Yeller” is such a gut-wrenching scene. Fifty years later, Will Smith had to choke the life from his dog rather than see her become a ravenous monster. I don’t currently own a pet, so I’ve had some time to distance myself from that bond, but I question if I could still. It’s not about guts or machismo, but doing a hard thing when every fiber in you body is crying out against it.
So, I wonder how many of us would have the fortitude to accept that responsibility and lay our friend down.
EDIT: I don't know why I thought of this, but I was watching "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" on cable a little while ago.