Last week I mentioned a “pet ethics” specialist, Jessica Pierce, in a piece about hard decisions on the end of your dog’s life. Now I hear that she has published her book on the subject, called “The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives.” It’s on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Last-Walk-Reflections-Their-Lives/dp/0226668460/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350840524&sr=1-1&keywords=The+last+walk.
Pierce looks at practical, moral, and medical issues surrounding the end of a pet’s life. I think anyone who casually adopts a puppy for the family ought to read this or something like it, so that they can be prepared for the inevitable. Perhaps it would encourage people to think of their dogs as “whole life” dogs, not simply “until ___ happens” (moving, babies, etc.).