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Pets and the things we do.(not for the squeamish)
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Pitch    Posted 05-13-2004 at 03:03:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reading the thing on the prothessic for the dog put me in mind of when I was a child something my mothers uncle did to(for?) one of his dogs. He was an old time farmer and if an animal could'nt earn his keep it was of no use so this was really going above and beyond for him. The dog had one of it's legs run over and severely crushed by some piece of equipment so Uncle Don took an axe and lopped of the leg and aunt Lil cauterized and sewed the flaps together. Who knows what agony that dog went through but he did heal and live to a ripe old age and brought the cows home every nite. Got along on three as well as on four for many years. Barn cats were just plain diposable if there got to be to many the kittens were drowned with out ceremony or fuss. Toms were shoved face down into a boot and a couple of slices with a razor blade and a stitch or two were sent on their way. In no way am I advocating a return to the past but when I hear of folks putting out 6 months income on a vet bill for a pet my mind reels.

New-Gen    Posted 05-13-2004 at 04:56:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was growing up the people at the neighboring farm were known for having no sentiment for aniimals of any kind, be it livestock or pets. They would never spend a dime taking a dog to the vet, if it had anything more that a broken toenail they would just shoot it. It almost looked like they were bloodthirsty.
One day we were shelling corn over there when one of the help cut his finger. Soneone suggested that he go to the house and ask for ask for a bandaid. He said NO WAY!!! I DON'T WANNA GET SHOT!!!!
{And yes, this is a true story, I was there, about 10 years old at the time}

E. G. HENDRICKSON    Posted 05-13-2004 at 03:41:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your right, its not for the squeamish! I come
from a long line of farmers and as a child growing
up I have seen the old timers dispatch a few
critters, but it was for preservation of livestock
or crops. Veterinary medicine has come along ways,
we are now able to save the life of a pet that
just a few years ago would have been put down.

KellyGa    Posted 05-13-2004 at 04:01:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, things are much better for our animal companions these days, and I am glad of it. For all the love they give, they are surely worth every penny to me. :) Tip has been a wonderful mainstay in my life. We got her when Shelby started kindergarten, Shelby is our only child, so I was a little lonely, and Tip helped ease that loneliness. Heck, my Mama and Daddy even call her the granddog. :)

Salmoneye    Posted 05-13-2004 at 03:39:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
You actually stitched the toms?...

We just pulled them and the burlap bag they were wrapped in out of the boot and gave it a flick...They'd roll out and come up licking their 'pride'...

Don't forget the sulfa powder...

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