So I’m listening to the Wizard of Oz in concert. At the end of it, when Glinda tells Dorothy that she (that, the “Good” Witch) has gotten bored with torturing her (Dorothy) for her own amusement, little miss naive says, “And Toto too?” Glinda laughs evilly and says, “Yes, and Toto too!” (with the unspoken but obvious subtext that she doesn’t want the smelly beast around her new kingdom).
Anyway…what if Glinda had said no? What if she’d said, “You can go home, but the dog stays. And no, I’m not telling you what will happen to him once you’re gone. Oh, I’m not planning to do anything to him myself; I just don’t care and don’t plan to do anything to take care of him. I’ve got to change clothes and pop over to Narnia.” What would/should Dorothy have done in that case?
On second thought…let’s take Dorothy out of the equation, and magic too. Here’s the thread question thus:
By whatever means you wish to postulate, you are taken far from home to a place you hate, with only your pet for company. After a series of unpleasant and dangerous adventures, you’re given one chance to go home. But the person offering the chance refuses to bring the dog along; in fact, he requires that you place the dog, cat, or whatnot on the ground that instant, in his sight, and walk onto the gangplank of the ship taking you home. You have no reason to think you’ll ever have another chance to get out of this situation,and every reason to think that, if you stay in this strange land any longer, you’ll soon be either mad or dead. What do you do?
When answering, please think of your actual pet. Assuming you have one, of course; if you don’t currently own a pet, but have owned one in the past, feel free to imagine that one instead. If you don’t have a pet and have never wanted one–well I can’t imagine why you’d want to bother, but I’ll include an option in the poll anyway.