Ailing retired service dog finds new ...

Ailing retired service dog finds new home

There are 4 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Feb 6, 2010, titled Ailing retired service dog finds new home. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Photo: Ray Masterson, a disabled Vietnam veteran, has finally found a home for Yukon, a retired service dog.

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Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 7, 2010
If I can be honest here... I honestly think it would be better for Yukon to be euthanized than to be taken away from the life he's known for 10 years.

I think it is tragic that this dog has been left in a strange place after his years of devotion and work with Masterson.

I'm not faulting Masterson... but this should not be happening to Yukon. I bet he is terrified and lonely... and undoubtedly will become very depressed.

And given his illness, euthanasia would be a better option for this dedicated, loyal dog, who has no idea what has happened to him.
Sad to see

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Feb 7, 2010
I agree with you here Cece..except with the euthanasia..let's hope that he will adjust although I think that is going to be very, very difficult. Especially for a service dog that knows of nothing else except that his person is out there without him..poor Yukon. You know they pump so much money into training these dogs..why can't they find it in their budget (or make it so) to provide something for these animals once their duty is done..instead they leave it upon others in the community to pick up the broken pieces and the cost of placing these poor guys.

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Feb 10, 2010
Thanks to Watermelon Ranch for giving the dog and his obviously devoted owner an option. I used to feel somewhat the same way, that an older dog losing his lifelong family was better off euthanzied, UNTIL I had a foster dog named Max. I get a desperate phone call from a man who had lost everything in six months: his wife died, lost his home, he and his kids were on their last night in a motel and headed to the homeless shelter in Bakersfield that next morning..and the shelter wouldn't allow Max, a beautiful not neutered 12 year old shepherd/chow mix..How do I say no to a guy like that? Max came and I was prepared to keep him there until it was his time..Max was happy and thrived in our pack. Someone came to adopt a different dog a few weeks later, and they asked about Max. I told the story..and Max had a new home. He is doing well and happy.

Cesar Millan is right-dogs really do live int he moment. I've seen it over and over. Yukon will be fine if his caregivers just let him be a dog. And maybe there's a new home out there for him somewhere. Just like Max.

Leslie at Canine Canyon Ranch
annie whitney

Cuba, NM

#4 Feb 12, 2010
i TOTALLY agree with Leslie and Cesar!!! doggies love giving and receiving love, it's their life long mission; and yes, they may miss their old companions, but their HEART AND LOVE are so huge, that they have PLENTY for everyone!!! i am sure Yukon will continue to BLESS many more people in the time he has left on this planet.....

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