The Last Walk

The Last Walk

Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives

Book - 2012
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From the moment when we first open our homes--and our hearts--to a new pet, we know that one day we will have to watch this beloved animal age and die. The pain of that eventual separation is the cruel corollary to the love we share with them, and most of us deal with it by simply ignoring its inevitability. With The Last Walk , Jessica Pierce makes a forceful case that our pets, and the love we bear them, deserve better. Drawing on the moving story of the last year of the life of her own treasured dog, Ody, she presents an in-depth exploration of the practical, medical, and moral issues that trouble pet owners confronted with the decline and death of their companion animals. Pierce combines heart-wrenching personal stories, interviews, and scientific research to consider a wide range of questions about animal aging, end-of-life care, and death. She tackles such vexing questions as whether animals are aware of death, whether they're feeling pain, and if and when euthanasia is appropriate. Given what we know and can learn, how should we best honor the lives of our pets, both while they live and after they have left us?
The product of a lifetime of loving pets, studying philosophy, and collaborating with scientists at the forefront of the study of animal behavior and cognition, The Last Walk asks--and answers--the toughest questions pet owners face. The result is informative, moving, and consoling in equal parts; no pet lover should miss it.
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012, ©2012
ISBN: 9780226668468
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 179.3 Pie


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May 09, 2019

This book was the most helpful resource I have ever found in dealing with end-of-life decisions regarding pets, and mourning afterward. I read it after having faced this decision 5 times, to get a handle on how to make those decisions. If you email the author, she will reply - she did for me.


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