But we decided to comment once we read Kerre Woodham's column in the HoS this morning - after a personal analogy, she opines:
So I worry about Bronson Stewart and his pup, Buck. Bronson had been unable to find the $2500 needed for Buck's operation on a badly broken leg and the vet told him the only alternative was to have Buck put down.
Bronson refused to accept that, so he snatched Buck from the vet's and took him home.
I accept that Bronson loves his dog. But I can't help thinking how selfish he's being.
He kept his badly injured dog at home for a week because neither he nor his dad knew anyone with a car. If he truly cared for his pup, surely he could have found a way to get him to a vet sooner?
When he couldn't come up with more than $5 a week to repay the vet, he took the dog home, regardless of how much pain Buck was in.
And, although kind people from around the country have donated money for Buck's operation, I hope there's some left over to help pay for the ongoing care Buck will undoubtedly need.
With a badly broken leg comes arthritis and other expensive conditions.
Bronson will need to find a job if he truly wants to do right by his dog.
We agree 100%. Pet ownership is not a right; it's a privilege. And with it comes responsibility; something which Bronson Stewart does not seem to be overly endowed. Woodham's description of him as "selfish" is spot on. He's quite happy to have a vet sort Buck out, but he forgets that vets have bills to pay and families to feed as well.
Kind-hearted people have helped Bronson Stewart this week, aided and abetted by the local newspaper which has beaten this story up for all it was worth (which in our ever-humble opinion was stuff-all!). It's just another example of how gullible we have become.
Bronson Stewart doesn't need donations; he needs someone to give him a job so that he can WORK and EARN the money to pay the debt to the vet. The world does not owe him a living. And his father needs a swift kick as well for encouraging him. Sadly, over the next few years we are going to see more and more cases of generational Entitleitis. It's the monster which we, as a society have allowed to be created, and Bronson Stewart will be the poster-child.