Sasa. - Narcissism is Necessary

Sasa.

Sasa has been diagnosed with distemper and parvo virus a few weeks ago. She seemed to be making good progress till this afternoon, where she suffered her 1st seizure. This means her distemper has progressed to a neurological stage, which really means it’s affecting her brains and chances of her pulling through is now next to none. My mom is truly upset. She rescued Sasa from the streets thinking she could give her a good & loving home but now this? My dad and brothers are afraid Sasa might infect the other dogs. Then having the vet recommending euthanasia? It is the hardest, most difficult thing a pet owner can face. I’m feeling incredibly distressed and I can only imagine what’s going through my mom’s mind.

Is it really a noble thing to put your pet down in the name of ending his or her suffering? Would they prefer to die or receive more affection? Is the vet doing enough? How do we know? I don’t know what to say to my Mom. I told her to do what she thinks is best, but it seems like I’m just shirking responsibilities in sharing her pain.

Mom said she will never rescue another dog off the streets again. But can you blame her? I can’t fathom how traumatic this is for her. What would you do?

++ Update ++

Sasa passed away at 4.51pm, 1st of October 2010. Sleep well, little girl. We love you always!

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15 Responses to Sasa.

  1. ShaolinTiger October 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    :~~~(

  2. Mellissa October 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm #

    :( :( *squish*

  3. Zagary October 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    I agree, when the dog becomes part of the family. Its never easy to part with it.

  4. kuan October 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Yeah, i know what your mom is going through. I’ve rescued an aged and injured dog before and had no choice but to put him to sleep. It’s really sad but i think it’s better than the dog suffering in pain… sigh…

  5. KY October 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    :( I love sasa, she’s such an affectionate dog.

  6. Jess October 2, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    god bless sasa!! :D she’s adorable. Glad she lived long enuf to feel the love from u two, her “parents” :) Take good care of charlie :D :D

  7. Amy October 3, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    That’s so sad..I know exactly how u and ur mum feel. I put my dog to sleep because he was suffering so bad it was heartbreaking. It seemed more humane to put him to sleep: https://anaksim0n.blogspot.com/2010/02/have-faith.html
    But at least they are not suffering any more now right? At least that’s what I tell myself..

  8. June October 4, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    oh my that is really really sad. she’s such nice dog.

  9. mg30 October 4, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    maybe other dogs already infected. you just dono yet.
    quick quick get them the shot before it reaches their brains.

  10. beetrice October 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    we rescued a st. bernard-ish looking puppy off the streets as well a couple of years back – he’d been dropped off at the roadside by some heartless person. turns out that pup had distemper too, and was probably chucked when he started showing symptoms. Tugs (that’s what we named it) had to be put down as well after a week when the seizures got too bad. :(

  11. Kimberlycun October 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    st: :(

    mell: sigh

    zagary: indeed.

    kuan: i guess it’s natural to want to try and extend their life. is it selfish to keep them alive? i still can’t decide :(

    ky: she is not sisi -_-

    jess: thanks babe. we’re keeping comfort with the fact that she lived long enough to have eaten delicious food, slept in a cosy bed and sat in a car.

    amy: im sorry to hear about your loss. that’s what we keep telling ourselves too but now and then, the question of “what if” does pop out. sigh

    june: she was a very obedient and loving dog :(

    mg30: we’ve taken them for checkups and boosters. /cross fingers they are okay

    bee: so sorry to hear about tugs :(

  12. neko-hime October 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    *hugs*

  13. PTS October 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Though Sasa had a short time with your mother, I can imagine it must have been a very happy time for Sasa – having a loving home and someone to care and fuss over her. It was probably the biggest act of kindness anyone has shown her. Like with all relationships in life, its not really the length of time that matters, but the depth of kindess and intensity of love that we share.

    Your mother has a big heart and so I can understand how painful this loss must be. And I don’t think a generous and kind nature like can be quashed by a single experience. Well not for long, anyway. What hope would the hundreds and thousands of little Sasas be without people like your mum?

  14. in October 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    My apologies, I hope you won’t mind me using your post as a soap box. Another way of helping is by sponsoring dogs at furry friends farm. The dogs there desperately need help either through adoption of dogs or donation.
    https://www.furryfriendsfarm.org.my/sponsorship-a-furrykid-programme/
    A good friend of mine visited the farm last week when they had a charity event at FFF. According to her, there just isn’t enough money coming in. The dogs there are all skinny because there just isn’t enough food to go around for all. She donates regularly to MDDB but after the visit to FFF, she will be contributing to that too. She has asked all her friends to help contribute; we will definately be doing so. I hope your readers will too.

  15. May October 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    rest in peace sasa

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