My dog has been going apeshit ALL day like Lassie-knows-theres-a-child-who-fell-down-the-well and she wasn't happy until I followed her outside...where she led me to a rabbit nest dug up and three baby rabbits scattered through the bushes. I'm uncertain as to whether my dog actually dug them up or not--I'm fairly certain from her anxiety about all of it that she actually didn't and her Border-Collie (or Bodhisattva?) instincts were making her freak out until she could get help from the grownups.
Anyway two were still okay and I put them back in the hole and covered it with the upturned bedding again. The third seemed dead, was covered in maggots and flies, however, when I went to bury it it was moving.
I was pretty disturbed and to be totally blunt it was really gross and upsetting. Anyway, I mustered the best aspiration I could that I would prevent it from suffering anymore in this life and by this action may we be bound together and both realize enlightenment. Although I felt pretty cowardly about my hesitation in doing so, I mustered the resolve to do what I thought was the only realistic choice available to me at that moment...and I buried it in a hole full of water while repeating the 100 syllable mantra and then prayed it would be reborn in a pure land and that all its ill karma would ripen solely in me.
I wanted to confess whatever aspect of this was deluded or harmful, to the general sangha here...and I also wanted ask what people think about euthanesia in general? I haven't had to deal with it since we put our dog down in 2008. Personally if I were really suffering a lot of pain with no chance of survival, I'd want to just go forth into the bardo rather than agonize for hours/days...but then I would never want make that choice for others who didn't feel the same. Nevertheless, I feel like Buddhism puts way more emphasis on "taking life" than "causing pain..." and I personally think that torture, for example, should be seen as a much heavier Karmic act than murder.
I've also been taught that, other than the 3 negative actions of mind, the Bodhisattva must not be afraid to break the 7 other precepts in order to benefit beings--in fact we must. However, I realize there were other options I could have taken in this situation--they just would have been much more difficult and complicated. Also, I realize fully that much of my urge to end the poor thing's suffering was tainted by my own discomfort with seeing it, not wanting to see it suffer, etc.
There is an older thread, I read it: viewtopic.php?f=101&t=6682&hilit=mercy+killing
I felt justified in starting a different one mainly because...I already did the deed as opposed to the OP by Inge, who was querying Dharmawheel about their recommendations.