Esther Weyand-Landis has a lot of opinions and she is entitled to them all. She says (Letter in Monday's edition) that she loves and would do anything for her animals; anything, that is, but give them a chance to overcome adversity to live a full, happy, love filled life.
She knows nothing of Ethel's quality of life. Has she suffered in her short life? Yes. Does she experience pain? Yes. Will surgery cause her discomfort for a time? Yes. Would she choose to die rather than have a hip replacement? No.
This dog enjoys life. She loves her family and her friends and they love her. Check her out on Facebook at The Ethel Fund and you'll see that for yourself. Ethel runs, jumps, and plays despite the fact that her legs do not articulate properly to her pelvis. She survived the Neospora caninum parasite and she will survive arthritis. She will have her surgery because people love her and are providing the funds. She will then be pain free because a hip replacement is just that: a replacement of a deformed aching joint with a fully functioning one that eliminates the pain of arthritis.
Yes, this woman has a lot of opinions, and I have one, too: it is my opinion that Ethel is grateful that she lives with me, not with Esther Weyand-Landis.
Rebecca S. Lindeman