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Cindi    Posted 03-31-2004 at 02:40:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
He's not doing too well. I caught him yesterday and the bottoms of his little legs looked pretty irritated and one leg was bleeding slightly. I mentioned it to Fred and he had no comment. I am thinking that if something is going to be done, I will have to be the one to do it. This is the bad part. I can't have him suffer.

I need to start thinking about ways to handle putting him down if this is the route I go. In five years Fred has never put down a piglet. Some things are just not in some people and this ability is not in Fred, which is good and bad from my point of view. I am thinking that I may use an overdose of muscle relaxer and then follow that with a bullet or a knife. Regardless, I will share it with you, as one day it may be you in this predicament.

Old John    Posted 03-31-2004 at 06:01:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Cindi,

Kinda reminds me of growing up on the farm, at home. Dad could never handle the "put 'em
downs". So he say, "Jack, (his name is John, too)
I got a job, for you."
He always told me it was "part of growing up, to learn to handle nasty jobs, like this."
It wasn't 'til later, I learned, he had me do it, because he couldn't.
I can still do what needs to be done.
Always brings me a little tear, to the eye, though.
I'm sure you'll do what is best.
'Til later........
Old John

Clipper    Posted 03-31-2004 at 04:29:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why not put a disposable baby diaper on him? I'm betting that little fellar has the gumption to pull through....IMHO :^)

KellyGa    Posted 03-31-2004 at 03:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think there is, but is there any way for a regular person to get some of the anesthesia they use to put animals to sleep for surgery. You know they just use an overdose of that to put them down at the vet. I have stayed with one of my cats when they did it, and it is so quick. One second they are there, the next, gone. If I had to do it, I would use something like that. I wondered the other day about his stumps being exposed like that. He would have to have some sort of fitting over them, like little stump shoes or something. May be more trouble than its worth. I know and you know it has to be done. So sorry for you. :(

Alias    Posted 03-31-2004 at 02:57:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it must be done, do it as fast and painless as you can. I don't know what it is about babies of all species but it's hard to put them down. But, sometimes it's the more humane thing....gfp

Donna from Mo    Posted 03-31-2004 at 02:44:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I once had some baby skunks I gave up on after finding out the cost of descenting: a wise old veteranary said to put them in a plastic bag and hold it up to the exhaust of a car (sealing tightly of course) and that will put them to sleep painlessly. However, I didn't have to do that, since my husband was more than happy to do away with the little stinkers for me.

SusieQ    Posted 03-31-2004 at 02:53:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sadly this will have to be done, the piglet can/t take trying to walk on the ground, so be merciful, put him out of his misery, too often we do get attached, remember he is a farm animal, and can't survive in this condition.

Cindi    Posted 03-31-2004 at 03:09:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, believe me, when I had the little thing in my hands yesterday, my first instinct was to carry him right into the house, dress his wounds and nurse him. But to what end?

I insinctively handed him to Lucy, a young lady who is spending spring break with us. I wanted an answer. I suspected that she would provide one. In a round about way she did. She looked at me with big eyes and said...

"I feel so badly for him."

She held him for fifteen minutes without really looking at him. Instinctively she knows, despite being a city girl with no farming background, she knows that there is only one end for this little pig.

She did not snuggle him and talk to him as she did the one she held before him. In her thirteen year old heart she knows that this little pig has no future at all. That was the answer I was looking for. Confirmation of what I already know.

Fred is no help at all. He doesn't even want to discuss it. Period. It is not in him to give up on anything, no matter how hopeless. Where he has been delegated to perform castrations, I have been delegated to deal with these issues. I will do it. We all must take on whatever we can handle, even if the assigment of the duty comes by default.

jeanette    Posted 03-31-2004 at 04:29:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
get jake to do it... i know this is going to sound bad but we have jack do all our mercy killing around here. i don't think it will damage him in any way. coarse i can't be sure.

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