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*Rambling Post*

I am sad for my friends south of the 49 today. Well, just sad generally. Targa is very ill and is hospitalized. The vet was talking me through the options/costs and I signed away a decent chunk of change.

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We think of her as our “fur baby” and, obviously I feel that I owe her the same standard of care that I would expect for myself, my wife or a child if we had one.

What really got me sad is, unfortunately money is a finite resource and the thought of having to skip certain treatments that would keep her more comfortable, healthy or happy to save money horrifies me.

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Seeing this on one of the forms as an option (not the option I checked) really made me upset.

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Fortunately, we have pet insurance, so that *SHOULD* cushion the blow, but I sense a fight on the horizon.

What really got me down is thinking of all the daily stories that must play out in the states with people having these thoughts about their kids, spouses or themselves. To think that, maybe you can’t afford that IV or that specific drug. Obviously you can’t agree to DNR your kid, but I know people do die because they or their loved ones can’t afford coverage.

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Combined with reading WRXforScience’s post this morning on the situation he’s experiencing and the continual news on COVID, the USPS and other things in the US....I am just grateful to live in Canada.

I may feel at times like I’d prefer to live in the US (cheap gas, cheap living, guns are fun, etc). I can’t imagine what it is like to feel like there is nobody who has your back...even if our government systems are not perfect, it is good to have a safety net.

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