Why helllllllo there, elephant in the room.
Let me just start off this post by saying that I am completely and fully aware that I have not posted anything in over a month (gasp).
Unfortunately my non-existent twin has also fallen of the face of the earth, and didn’t get the memo about helping pick up my slack – I’m going to have a talk with her later about this.
In actuality, I do have a few legitimate reasons for my absence, but none of which are good enough to explain a hiatus that lasted this long. Life gets in the way, people!
Pageants, pageant withdrawals, holidays, holiday parties and most of all doggy illnesses are just some of the reasons why this blog hasn’t been as active as it was in the past.
I want to sincerely apologize for that, as well as wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Better late than never, right?
I actually did have great intentions about kicking off 2014 by blogging on a more consistent basis. I had all of these great post ideas, thoughts of shifting the blog in a few different directions and some new ideas on how to provide my readers (you!) with some fun material to get you through your days. But then, THIS happened…..
My sweet little baby, Santo was struck by a horrible spine disease called Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Without going into too much detail, it is a spine disease that typically occurs in small dogs between the ages of 3-7, whose bodies are low to the ground (doxies, beagles, pugs etc.).
Three vet visits before a proper diagnosis, lots of sleepless nights, a 3 hour spinal surgery, 11 days in the hospital (6 in the ICU) and a hefty vet bill later, my pride and joy is finally home and making a slow recovery.
Without being overly dramatic, this has probably been one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. To see a little animal in pain, scared, shocked, helpless and paralyzed is not something I wish upon anyone.
Until I have a child, my little pup is my child. We (my family) spent countless days and nights pondering over what we could have done. How could we have prevented this horrible disease from striking our little nugget?
After much thought, research and speaking to several trained veterinarians – we were assured that there is nothing we could have done to prevent this disease from hitting him.
Of course his previous flying mammal habits probably contributed to his deteriorating spine, but he is a dog after all - quite an active one to say the least. He could have been predisposed to the disease, his whole litter may even have it – there’s really no way to find out how or why he got this disease.
After 3 weeks of strict crate rest, I am happy to report that Santo is now able to stand up and walk a slight bit. Since regaining neurological function has no time limit, it’s hard to say when he will be back to “normal”.
It’s been hard to come to terms with the fact that my flying mammal will never be able to leap, jump and run full speed again, but I have been very lucky to have found a very supportive forum that has been not only educational, but also very uplifting and optimistic.
I’ll leave you with a quote I took from the forum, that has been very helpful to understand why Santo’s disease is not the end of the world. Dogs have a different perspective on life, a perspective we humans would benefit from learning.
Dogs don’t know pity. They don’t know “can’t.” They don’t understand “may never.” They don’t give up. They don’t get discouraged. They epitomize “where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.” They will find a way! They don’t give up easily or quickly. They move forward in life in the best way they can. They don’t care if they can walk again. They care about your love most importantly. OK, food ranks right up near the top too! To them each new day brings the promise of another opportunity to get MORE – more food, more treats, and more love.
Hope you have a fabulous Monday!