- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Our German Shepard just had puppies 6 days ago.. Oliver (one of the 9) was unable to move his back legs and was born without a tail and was shaped different than the other pups. He stole my heart. We took him to the vet on day 2 for a check up and they said keep an eye on him. I thought he might have “Swimmer Puppy Syndrom” so I bought him a lifejacket and we did a session of hydrotherapy in the bathtub. I had so much hope and was ready to do anything for our little guy.
On day 3 I walked into the garage to alot of blood. It was coming from Oliver’s umbilacle cord. We rushed him to the vet where they had a hard time stopping the bleeding. Also did Xrays to see what was going on with his back half. He had missing ribs, missing vertebrae, and spinal problems. It wasn’t looking good and the vet recommened putting him down or taking him straight to a specialist.
Without even thinking about it twice, we rushed him to the best of the best specialist. There they read the Xrays and had a nuerologist look at him and he was paralyzed from the chest down. And although from chest up he was perfect, he was really facing a million more problems.
Making him live that life would have been unfair. He would never have control of anything below the chest, including going to the bathroom, and eventually he would have a hard time breathing even though he was breathing fine now. The only fair thing to do was to let him go.
Signing the consent form.. paying for the euthanasia.. Hands down the hardest thing we have ever done. Also the first time I’ve ever seen FI cry. I know it was out of our control and I shouldn’t feel like this but I can’t help but to think.. We did this to him. We signed the form. We paid for it. We watched them do that to him. And what if he could have been that one in a million?
How is it possible for a 3 day old puppy to steal and break your heart?