I've had a really shitty 18 months. It started with the death of my Mother in Aug 2007. Later that year I found out the only relative I have left that I care about was nearly killed in her home. The only way I could satisfy myself she was ok, was to take a month off work & visit her o/s. Fortunately I found her in better shape than I expected. Within a week of coming back home, I was made redundant from my job with a $20,000 bank loan to pay. The worst part was I lost my job on the same day I had to get my beloved dog put to sleep because of cancer. I haven't worked in the last 12 months because I have arthritis in my back meaning I can't do the work I'm used to & aren't trained for anything else. As a result, I'm up to my ears in debt & can't afford to pay my bills. I don't get to sleep until sometimes 5 am because I just can't sleep with all this shit going on. The final straw came this morning when I got a call from my local council because I can't afford to pay my dogs registrations (I have 2). I paid 1 last week at the expense of not paying a more important bill but did so to get them off my back. This morning I got woken up after only 3 hours sleep with another call from the council demanding I pay the other today & I can't. I told the guy he can wait because you can't get blood out of a stone & what the hell did he want me to do. He then told me if I didn't pay in 7 days they'd come & confiscate the dog & told me I had another $75 fine to pay. At that point, I told him something to the effect of get fucked & hung up on him. This dog is the one who kept me sane during my Mothers death & my other dog. He's my lifeline & I refuse to let some asshole take him from me. My dogs are all that I have except for my relative whos elderly & I don't expect to live much longer anyway. All that combined with not being able to get work & my financial situation makes me think theres only one easy way out of this & they can all get stuffed. Of course I'd take my dogs with me if I did.That way we can all stay together. Someone give me one good reason why I shouldn't.