Well obviously not for the animals but for their owners!
I had Radio Scotland on this morning and the phone in was about a girl who was campaigning to have a legal right to take leave when her dog died. She had been sacked for being off. Now whatever the ins and outs of her case (employed less than two years, employer may have been looking for an excuse etc).
I was surprised at the number of people who were really adamant that it should be a right and enshrined in law. I have always had dogs and am devastated when one goes but I'm not sure I would have expected to be given time off work. If I had turned up at hospital for my hip replacement to be told the surgeon had taken time off because his dog had died I might have been less than thrilled or waited 3 weeks for a gp appointment only to find it was cancelled because their dog had died.
I wonder if it's that there is less of a realistic view of the circle of life and lack of thought before the pet is acquired. Perhaps each case on its merits but a blanket approach enshrined in law seems over the top. What do you think?
I'm frightened at times - looking after husband
As a dog owner I find this worrying - puppy theft increasing
Spend all my time picking up after him - cure for laziness?