Since I’ve already received some odd looks over my choice to spend almost $4,000 to fix my dog Kane, I figured I would pose a related question. This question came to mind as my wife reminded me that our cat Joel is almost 14 years old. The question is simple:
Assuming you owned both a dog and cat, hypothetically of course, and both needed expensive medical treatment to prolong their lives, where would you draw the line? Can you define an objective amount, say $10,000, for each? If not, would you be more likely to spend more on keeping your dog alive than your cat? If so, why?
When answering the above questions please, if you feel comfortable, also state whether you own a dog, cat, or other pet.
Once we get a few comments up I will give my answer- so I don’t influence you guys by answering my own question too soon. I will say this though, I had thought about this question before, and had thought that if the treatment cost more than $2,000 I would probably put my dog down. However, confronted with the reality of losing my dog that number was rendered meaningless.
UPDATE: An added question for my religious readers. Do you believe that you will see your pets again on the new Earth? If so, is it just wishful thinking or do you have some scriptural basis for your belief?