Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Life.Death.OK.



Okay, this will be brief.

Yesterday I read a post on Facebook about a woman who did something quite remarkable.

She took to heart a popular quote:


Supposedly Gandhi said that.

Gandhi was from a nation that worships cows.


Anyway, she saw somewhere that the local humane society was going to euthanize a pit bull and her pup the next day, so she sprang into action.

By the time she got to the shelter, the pup had already been adopted. The woman’s description of the momma dog would, however, break your heart. It was malnourished and had obviously been abused, perhaps used in dog fights. It was covered with wounds and sores, and it cowered in fear.

But the woman stood by her convictions.

She also discovered the pit bull had a companion in the shelter, so she decided to adopt them both.

Just heart-warming…

Thing is, both dogs tested positive for heart worms. She was made aware of this before she adopted them.



Easy to prevent. Very expensive and difficult to cure.

So now she has launched a “GoFundMe” account to raise $3,500 to care for these two dogs that would have otherwise been euthanized the next day.

Captain's Note: If you have been following "Banana Winds" very long, you know how the Captain feels about "GoFundMe". 

This story has left the Captain scratching his head.

First, one shouldn’t adopt an animal you can’t afford.

Second, sometimes the more compassionate course of action is to allow for a humane death.

Don’t get me wrong. The Captain loves animals. We have had dogs. We have cats. And fish.

I would get a parrot, but to cage such a magnificent animal is just plain cruel.


Nonetheless, I suspect Gandhi (or whoever said it) is right. You CAN judge a society by how they treat animals.

In America, we don’t let our people die gracefully anymore either. 


We are so averse to afraid of Death that we spend all of our resources in the waning days of our lives just to stay alive… one more year... one more month... one more day... even when the quality of that life sucks!

Resuscitation is an immediate response to death at any age. Life support is required unless you have signed papers in hand forbidding the doctors to take that action. Then there are surgeries… chemotherapies… radiation treatments… pills...


“Here. Take this pill. It may make you feel better, but it also might cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn. It may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.

“Do not drink alcohol while taking this medication. It can increase the effects of alcohol. It may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
You should not take this medicine if you have:
  • narrow-angle glaucoma;
  • if you are also taking other medications; or
  • if you are allergic to it or similar medications.
“To make sure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
  • seizures or epilepsy;
  • kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
  • asthma or other breathing disorder;
  • open-angle glaucoma;
  • a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
  • a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
  • if you also use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
“Do not use this medication if you are pregnant. It can cause birth defects. Your baby could also become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking this medication.

“It can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using this medication.

“The effects of this medication may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take it. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking this medication.”

Captain’s Note: I’m not sure but I may have just violated a copyright law there. Sorry.

So rather than accepting that we are going to die one day – and we all are, one day – we do all this expensive stuff and take all these expensive medications that "could" cure us… if it doesn’t kill us first!

“Momma lived to be 99!” But she didn’t know who she was for the last 20 years.

“Daddy lived to be 80!” Because of the ventilator that breathed for him the last three years.

And now we're financially ruined as well...

No thank you!

Can’t we learn to accept that death is a part of life? That we are all eventually going to die? That one should be allowed as much dignity in dying as granted while living?

Your Captain doesn’t plan to spend his “Golden Years” tethered to life support or dependent on drugs.

And one shouldn’t force that upon another either – human or animal.