When we adopted him they told us that he had a small case of mange. They gave us some medicine and we went on our way. Over the next few months his hair fell out, he itched all the time and continued to get worse. He was uncomfortable and looked terrible but still kept his happy personality. Dan and I were determined to cure him. We eventually found an amazing vet that helped him and cured him of his mange. The vet said he had never seen a case as bad as Dylan's.
We thought that the mange was going to be the worse thing we would have to deal with but we were wrong. Two years ago he threw out his back. We did back surgery, nursed him back to health and were so thankful that he recovered when we knew that there was a chance that he wouldn't. This dog was incredible. He had to sit in a crate for months and could only come out for therapy or going outside. He never complained and over time recovered. We had to make sure he didn't jump or run too fast and have always been paranoid about him getting hurt again. When Dylan would walk he would be a little off. When he would run his back legs wouldn't follow his front legs. That didn't stop him from having a good time.
|Excuse the large pregnant woman in the picture|
Tuesday evening he lost all feeling in his legs and couldn't move. Wednesday morning he quit wagging his tail and couldn't control his bladder. I knew then a tough decision would have to be made. I called our old vet and made an appointment with him for Thursday afternoon. Wednesday Dylan didn't improve at all and his spirits seemed down. To top off this really bad week, Dan was out of town for work.
After days of crying and heartache we decided that depending on what our vet said, we would have to say goodbye to Dylan. We decided that as active as he was he would not be happy laying around all day with no feeling in his back and legs and not being able to control his bladder. It was an agonizing decision to make and I have to believe that we made the right choice for our pup.
I didn't have dogs growing up and I always thought that they would just be a fun pet to have. I didn't realize how much you would actually love them. Our dogs are our furry kids and they were our babies before we had a baby. Dogs are always happy to see you, they get excited when you talk to them, they are a constant companion. Little things like going on a car ride or taking a walk will make their day. I do know that part of having a pet is knowing that they most likely not outlive you. Eventually they will go to heaven and you will have to deal with the loss. I didn't think we would lose Dylan as fast as we did, but I wouldn't change anything about our time with him. He set the expectations high for our future pets and we miss him dearly. Our house seems quiet and lonely right now. Bella sleeps all the time and just lifts her head when we walk through the door. I know that we will get used to the quiet eventually but for now it is a reminder that Dylan is no longer with us.
I needed to write the story of Dylan for myself for closure. I want to remember our spunky little man and how much joy he brought to our lives. I want to remember how Dylan would sit against me every time I would sit on the ground, how he would chew on Bella's ears all the time, how his whiskers hung down past his mouth and how his feet would sit straight out when he sat. Every morning when I would get ready he would sit next to me. All of these quirky things made Dylan special and we will miss our favorite boy. Give your pets extra attention today and pet them a little longer than you normally do because you are just as lucky to have them as they are to have you.