Is Little Bear worth $15K ?

Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue recently posted:

There are many folks out there that don’t understand why we are helping Little Bear. Some in the rescue community in particular have been the harshest critics of this plight. “With the money you’ve spent on Little Bear, you could have saved 100 dogs!” they say. They may be right and I may agree with that premise but they are missing the point. We help dogs Like Little Bear because of the way his eyes ask us to and for the way it makes us feel. We are united in helping him; we pull for him; we pray for him; we focus positive energy on him; we talk to our friends about him; we become better people, more conscious people because of him. Because Little Bear’s battle creates a domino effect of positivity and consciousness that is worth it! Little Bear IS UNEQUIVOCALLY WORTH the 15k that its cost us to care for him and if he doesn’t make it, I’d still say that it was the right thing to do. 
But I do think he’s going to make, in fact, I know so. His blood work looks good, his incision and stitches look good and he’s got the support of a World Wide Mutt Militia behind him that will NEVER SAY DIE! We won’t know how well his body is fighting the infection until Sunday but so far so good. He is on the most powerful antibiotics that are available and his kidneys are holding up to the onslaught. 
The critics would find themselves happier people if they just got on the Little Bear band wagon and started routing. You may disagree with our “exorbitant” treatment of him and his needs, but trust me, its always better on the bright side. Unnecessarily critiquing something like this when there are so many other things to spend our emotional energy on is just ludicrous. Turn on the game, Team Little Bear is about to win the World Series!


My reply:

Hmm… as I have initiated a For Purpose (non profit) project that deals with death and senior/special needs pets… there are two sides to this story and they are both valid. They are both right. There is also what we as humans do to animals all the time …. we as humans hold onto the pets so tightly… not allowing them to die… they (the pets) do ‘seek’ our permission… sometimes they will do everything in their own power to stay alive for us… because we have not given them permission to transition… when all they want to do is transition from this existence… and it is a transition… it isn’t a death… they’re not afraid (the humans are)…

Thus the people who say the $15K could’ve saved others are correct. Yes, it could’ve been used for those purposes… however everyone (including this dog Little Bear and all the humans involved) walk their own journeys… we cannot invalidate other peoples’ journeys. Ever.

At the same time, denial is very powerful for us humans when it comes to pets and not wanting them to die..  especially if we have spent so much time, money, energy, resources, etc. There are aspects to the above post that highlight this denial (my opinion only!) of both “the reality” and the fact that they are not giving Little Bear any opportunity to transition (if that is what Little Bear wants to do because he’s holding on only because no one has given him that permission).

It’s written all over the post: you will survive this for us Little Bear. You will. You’re not allowed to transition. You’ve been given everything and we do not want you to die. We want you to survive.

… and there is nothing wrong with it. It is fine. This is their journey just as much as Little Bear’s journey.

This is why I’ve launched The Summerlands Project. I understand more than people realise… and I want to provide the support for rescues, shelters & people in the community in their journeys … the people and the pets !