Last Minutes with Oden

This short documentary really spoke to me. It’s about Jason Wood’s experience of putting his suffering dog, Oden, to sleep. Oden suffered from cancer and was finally at the end of his struggle. Jason talk about how Oden was ready to die two months before they actually put him to sleep, and how he kept Oden alive and let him suffer for his own selfish reasons of not wanting to be without him. I’ve met quite a few people who think that it’s wrong of someone to put their dog down without having exhausted every available treatment to keep them alive. I’m surprised by this because that is usually said in the name of being humane. I just don’t understand how it can be considered humane to keep a dog alive when they have a terrible quality of life. I’m very impressed by Jason’s decision, and willingness to share it with the world. It reminds me of a quote from “Dogs & Devotion”

One of the most serious responsibilities we assume when caring for a dog is developing the wisdom to know when to help them end their lives with dignity.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8191217[/vimeo]