Allen and I have been been fencing the last two days, putting up a mile of woven wire to section off a lambing pasture. The recent comments and emails gave me much to think about while we worked in the hot, sunny weather. I want to say thanks to each of you for sharing. I addressed some of the comments individually in the comments section.
There are many factors and past experiences that are behind the larger decisions any of us make in life. Putting the entire weight of this decision to one factor is not the whole picture. It would take pages to give voice to all the factors and past experiences that lead each of us to similar ethically tough choices.
Mainly I feel confused and curious as to why this dog landed here for a mere 48 hours. It all feels so abrupt.
I am now more than a decade into this working ranch life, where all around me life comes and goes. I find myself wondering if I am more callous or more caring because of it? - I am not sure I know. I just know I have a huge respect for death and a huge gratitude for life.
Lambing time is just around the corner; a time on the ranch that will be chalk full of both.