Darling Dog - who, to refresh your memory, now lives with my almost-ex - has the canine equivalent of a kidney stone.
DDog has been very healthy over his lifetime. This is really his first health crisis in 11 years of, you know, dogness.
Here's the thing. The surgery will cost $1600. One thousand, six hundred Amerikanski dollars, you guys.
The good news: My almost-ex recently received a significant financial windfall from the sale of our house. He has more than enough money to fund the surgery.
The, um, other news: Because of the circumstances of selling our house (not going into them yet, sorry, still too freaking raw), I received approximately half of what he got. And I have primary custod of, and financial responsibility for, our Precocious Daughter.
None of which has stopped him from shaking me down for "my share" of DDog's surgery.
Seriously, the guilt level is off the charts.
Here's the thing: If anything (God forbid) happened to PDaughter on my watch, or to the Siamese Kitten, of whom I have custody, I would move heaven and earth to fund the remedy for such ailments. I mean, I would do a fucking Kickstarter, grovel to my parents, whatever it took to make her well. I personally would not emotionally blackmail my almost-ex-spouse to pay for it, because that shit is over.
Yet he is OK with guilting me into contributing my meager share of the house proceeds toward his dog's medical costs. Which I would, if the amount weren't the difference between restoring my credit score and being a broke-ass bitch.
Maybe I'm wrong. I'm wrong about things sometimes.
So I leave it to you.
Do I make a substantial dent in my meager savings to help pay for the dog's surgery? Or do I leave it to him, because that's the hand that fate has dealt him, and if it dealt the same to me, I would handle it myself?
To clarify, I've already given him the $200 that he said was his contribution to PDaughter's 16th birthday gift of a laptop. That's gone. What he wants is $200 or more above that.
Your opinions will honestly weigh heavily on what I decide to do. So don't hesitate to offer them
Thanks, you guys.