- Pets and Animals
It was over four years ago that we moved to a different city. We wanted to get a dog to make our apartment feel more like home. I went online and searched and searched and came across the cutest little beagle. We found out that she was about five years old and had been abused and abandoned. I picked up, Cookie, and held her in my arms. There was no doubt when I looked at that cute little face, I wanted her.
It was arranged and we took her home with us. She was so shy, she was shaking, and was a scared little girl. A few days after we got her home she had a seizure, it was a very violent one. Her body became rigid, her eyes rolled back, she was shaking uncontrollably, she bit her tongue until blood came out of her mouth, and she peed on my arm. I had another dog in the past that had seizures and was sure that, Cookie had epilepsy. I got her to the vet and they wanted me to monitor her for a short time. Cookie had up to four violent seizures a day. It was heartbreaking to see.
Many people would have immediately taken, Cookie back to the shelter, but I think I needed her as much as she needed me. I would get down on the floor and hold her, pet her, talk to her until she came out of the seizure. After a short time the vet put Cookie on medication as our vet was sure she had epilepsy. Our vet told us that, Cookie would always have some seizures but they would be more mild. Now when she gets a seizure I am down on the floor protecting her until it is over, no matter what time of the day or night.
Last October, Cookie got very sick and spent four days in an animal hospital. She was given an untrasound and determined she had gall bladder disease. It was like a sludge had built up in her gall bladder. Now she is on medication for that too. Vet bills last year ran $5,000. Cookie is worth every penny of it.
What I am getting at here is that once you adopt that dog it is yours forever. It becomes a part of your family. If that animal has health issues it is up to you to take care of it. It has been expensive with Cookie and at times trying, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. She is just like having a special needs child. My wife and I are both in our senior years and we think of how much happiness Cookie brings to us. We take her on walks, pet her every chance we get, show her love, and look forward to having her at the dinner table.
Yes, she is on two medications, needs a special food because of her finicky stomach because of her gall bladder disease, but she is worth every penny to us. We love her so much, She is now our little girl and we will continue to do everything we can to keep her healthy and happy.
There are many dogs, and cats as well, in shelters that need a home. Visit a shelter, look at them, they are scared and want a home, Give them one, it will give you more joy than you can possibly imagine.