My mother lives alone and has dementia but she is high functioning in that she takes care of her personal needs and is mobile. She had a gastric bleed 15 months ago which led to 10 days in ICU and 6 months in an ALF before being allowed to go home with help. In July she shattered her elbow due to a fall requiring a cast and 8 weeks of OT. Last month she had a complete hysterectomy. She believes all health issues are now behind her and is unaware of the level of her mental decline in the past 15 months. I don’t believe she can take care of a dog, even an older dog since she can’t even remember each day if she fed her fish. The dog she had when she had the gastric bleed was put down after living at the vet for 6 months and $6,000 later. He was a biter and had bitten 8 people prior to being housed at the vet, no rescue, his former ‘trainer’ nor anyone at the vet’s office would take him. In order for her to return to live at home she couldn’t keep a biting dog since she needed people to come into her home to provide light care and transportation so she made the decision to put him down.
Should I ignore the subject of another dog? Discuss my concerns with her? It is a touchy subject and I don’t want to upset her. I know another dog would give her purpose and keep her company but it is unfair to the dog. Thank you for your suggestions.