[UCP Books]: The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives
Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives
|Publication Date: October 15, 2012||978-0-226-66846-8|
|UK Publication Date: October 22, 2012||Cloth $26.00/17.00|
Anyone who has a pet knows the feeling of creeping dread that accompanies those moments when we’re forced to acknowledge that this creature we love—and who, we are sure, loves us—will age and die before our eyes. It’s a realization that most of us instantly push from our minds: precisely because it’s inevitable, and painful, we refuse to think about it.
But our pets deserve better. With The Last Walk, Jessica Pierce uses the moving story of the aging and death of her own beloved dog Ody to help us understand the practical, ethical, and moral issues that emerge when we face the deaths of our companions. A bioethicist with decades of experience working with animal behavior scientists and moral philosophers both, Pierce draws on the most up-to-date scientific and veterinary research, interwoven with interviews and personal stories, to tell us just what we can know about our pets’ awareness of illness, aging, and death, their susceptibility to pain and suffering, and what our options are for making their final days as easy as possible.
Written out of a deep love of animals and awe at the profundity of the relationships we build with them, The Last Walk is both incredibly heart-wrenching and incredibly informative. No one who has ever given their heart to a pet should be without it.