This is a little story I picked up off FHOTD. I have to ask myself every day - why don't people just humanely euthanize? I know it hurts to let a loved one go, but it certainly beats whacking your dog on the head with a hammer and burying it alive. Don't get me wrong - I do believe that if you have the skill (!) necessary to put a dog down by means of a bullet or home euth, go for it, but what the HELL is wrong with these people?
I see it a lot. I've had many friends whose parents simply refuse to put down their dog who is suffering from cancer and has crippling arthritis on top of an enormous malignant tumor... yet though they see the dog daily as it just lies around in obvious pain, they claim the dog is not hurting, and they're going to let it pass naturally. THAT, in my opinion, is blatant cruelty. If I were suffering from a disease I knew would take me painfully and slowly, I'd rather be taken around the back of the barn. It isn't that scary to put your dog to sleep - sure, you have had many years of faithful companionship, but when your pet is suffering, it's time to let go. It just sickens me when people refuse to euth because they're afraid of death. I guess they'd rather watch their pet deteriorate before them than let them drift off slowly and comfortably in the arms of the one they love.