Telling the stories of rural practice

Years of running a practice in Tasmania with her GP husband provided plenty of material for author Susan Butler's new work of fiction, Black Bag Moon. In this extract, a country doctor contemplates euthanasia in a touching but unusual way.

I've always viewed euthanasia as a slippery slope to putting down Grandma, or Cousin Mike who wasn't quite right. I did it once, to a patient's dog. Never again. I mean that. But now our own aged German shepherd is suffering, and what should I do? I don't know. I just don't know.