I don't know if I have ever been so happy for a week to be almost over. It always seems like just when you think you have it all together something happens. For all of you that know Dan and I you know that we are obsessed with our pups. We have Bella, a 7 year old Dachshund and Dylan, a 3 year old terrier mix. We aren't sure what he is, but he is super cute. Dan and I adopted him almost 3 years ago from a rescue group and nursed him back to health from a really bad case of mange. Our dogs are our babies for now and we love having them in our lives.
On Tuesday night Dylan and Bella ran out to the driveway to greet me home from work. Dylan yelped in pain and started limping. He is a very active dog and isn't a complainer. He limped for a minute and then went back to normal. He tried to jump on the bed a few minutes later and screamed and fell. Hearing a dog scream is one of the worst sounds ever. He started limping again and didn't stop. We decided that maybe he had pulled a muscle and that we would see how he did during the night and see how he was in the morning. Wednesday morning Dylan could no longer walk. It was so sad. He would just drag his feet behind him and not even try to stand. When we would try to stand him up and his back legs would fold under. I took him to the vet who sent us to a specialist immediately. I didn't even know they had neurologists for dogs!
After a few hours the diagnosis was that he probably had a slipped disc in his back but they wouldn't know for sure until a MRI was done. We don't have pet insurance. We love love love our dog. We chose to do the pricey MRI and the surgery. It turned out to be the slipped disc and it wasn't too late to do the surgery. Dylan will be able to walk again and recover to his normal self. People might think we are crazy for spending money on our dog, but we love him so much and he brings us so much joy everyday. One day when we have kiddos they will have two puppies to play with. Needless to say, it has been an emotional week for our little family.
Yay for only a half week of work next week and Thanksgiving with the family (and Dylan when he get out of the doggie hospital)!