Post # 1
Hi bees…sad Easter Sunday for me. My sweet little doggie could hardly walk this morning, and was taken to the ER vet. She has had back problems on and off for a few years but it looks like now surgery is inevitable. This dog is my CHILD. I know that seems silly to some people, and I thought I would never be one of those “dog parents” but she is my baby.
Suffice to say now me and my fiance are faced with the difficult decision of taking out a loan for the surgery and pushing back our wedding (we’ve already booked the date be we would only lose a $250 deposit, and I would still get my dress and just save it as it has already been ordered and half-paid for) or just medicating her and hoping that and rest will do for now-although me and the vet are in agreement that she will need surgery sooner or later and the sooner the better.
I know that at the end of the day, I have to do what is right for my dog. But it is really emotional…the cost is 3/4 of our budget. So watching all my wedding dreams be shoved out of the way is going to be really hard. We still have over a year until my wedding so far, so I will work my damndest to make both things work but obviously it’s been a pretty shitty day.
Anyway, I just wanted to vent a bit and need some emotional support from my lovely bee friends. Not just for me but for my stupid, stinky, spoiled little princess who I would never want to be without <3
Post # 3
@sakurabean: Oh bless, how awful for you, I lost my dog just over a month ago and I know I’d have paid anything to make him better. Sending you and your spoilt princess hugs
Post # 4
I’m sorry this is happening! I know how you feel, my dog is my little boy. It’s scary when something like this happens. We had gotten a new puppy 2 years ago, and it had PARVO, the puppy got really sick, so we took it to the ER. Then, my dog starting acting very sluggish, not eating ect. It broke my heart! I thought he had it too, although it’s uncommon in adult dogs – anything is possible. It DIDN’T have parvo, he just apparently missed the puppy. Once the puppy was re-introduced, he was himself again!
Is your wedding really in 2014? I feel like you will still have plenty of time, or perhaps you could cut down on some costs here and there. I don’t know anything about your budget, so unless it’s super low, you should have room to wiggle.
Post # 5
@sakurabean: I think you’re a wonderful puppy-mommy and I would do the same thing if I was in your position.
Post # 6
Something similar happened to my Roomate last year, his lab is like his son. He was financially strapped at the time and completely devastated.The vet helped him apply for a credit card that was exclusively for pet care and emergencies…I’m not sure of the details but perhaps it’s something you could investigate.
I hope it all works out for you.
Post # 7
@sakurabean: I’m so sorry to hear about your baby! I know how you feel. I love my dog more than some people! lol. However, kind of went through something similar. A few months ago, our 6 month puppy at the time had to get emergency surgery to fix his fractued leg. Put us $6000 in debt and our dream honeymoon down the drain. Bottom line though, we didn’t think twice about the surgery… we knew it had to be done, and somehow we knew we’d get through it. Well 3 months have gone by and several bonus shifts later, our baby is 110% healed and we’re going on a HM to a beautiful all-inclusive resort to Playa Mujeres, Mexico. May not be our dream HM, but I’m excited nevertheless. You and your FI will definitely get through it! 🙂
Post # 8
I am so sorry you are going through this. Back in 2007, two of my fur babies were seriously ill and I spent several thousand dollars trying to heal them. It got to the point where I even eliminated unncessary expenses such as cell phones for my daughter and me and cable, among others. Sadly, despite all, one did not survive. After she died, I still owed $900 in unpaid hospital fees. It was a dreadful time. That being said, I do not regret pouring my resources into their healthcare. My fur babies are part of my family. You have to go with your heart. I do hope you don’t have to postpone your wedding. *hugs*
Post # 9
If ( and only if ) you think your friends and family would be supportive/receptive, you could start a chip-in (it’s a website) to try and cover some of the cost through donations. A lot of people use chip-in for sick animals.
Post # 10
@geekspice: That’s a great idea!
Post # 11
You are an AMAZING pet parent! I admire and respect you so much!
Weddings come and go, but your dogs love and affection and HEALTH is so much more important in the long run.
Post # 12
I’m so sorry for everything you’re going through. And you are a wonderful furmommy. Your stinky baby will be there for you. Wedding dates can change. 🙂
Best of luck. I hope she’s ok.
Post # 13
I’m sorry your baby is suffering! I’d do exactly the same thing, but I also know that it would be really painful to delay your wedding. Could you downsize it maybe?
Goodluck with your wedding and fur baby. **hugs**
Post # 14
Please consider this my reply to all of your wonderful, caring statements. I am truly touched by the kindness of internet strangers!
Thank you so much for your support! My baby is home and on kennel rest…we got some good news…surgery is not imminent and we’re going to go the medication route as it will be successful (medicinal success rate 80-85% vs surgery 90-95% at this point). It will not be easy and it was still a financial blow but I think we can get over this hump much easier than if we had to pay for a crazy-costly surgery. But looking into her deep brown eyes and derpy face assures me that no matter what I would have made it work.
So, barring any other major upsets (KNOCK ON WOOD) our wedding will NOT have to be postponed. I am so lucky to have supportive friends and family. My mom, who admittedly does not like my dog-but has a bit of a soft spot for her really-even offered to help a little and I am selling art prints to recover the cost of her medical expenses thus far and put the rest into savings for surgery. She will need it someday, but for now her prognosis is good with medication and rest, so yay!
Thank you again, everyone, for your support and compassion. My lovely wiener dog is home safe in her bed and surrounded by the thoughts of you darling bees! xoxoxoxo
Post # 15
@sakurabean: So glad doggy is on the mend and you’ll be able to have your wedding!
Post # 16
@KoiKove: Thanks me too! She’s on the wobbly road to recovery <3