- 4 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
Hey bees, it has now been three weeks she has been gone, but I am just now getting the strength to talk about it. My dear Ruby was only 10 weeks old, but she had bullae on her lungs that caused her lungs to be weak and suceptiable to lung issues, and she developed severe pneumonia. After three days of being in an incubator supplying her with oxygen we knew there was not enough money in the world to give her the life she deserved. The bullae (air filled sacs on the outside of the lungs) would need to be cut out, by taking parts of her lungs with them. By that surgery she would not have full lung capacity. And being the Vizsla breed she needed full lung capacity. It was the hardest and most heartbreaking decision to make in my life. Even though I know we made the right decision I miss her so much.
She was such a good puppy. She already knew sit, down, heal, and here. She was the best cuddler and playful friend. And all her little quirks will always be in my memories. I wish I could have helped her more, and I wish she did not have to be in so much pain in her last days with us.
We will be getting another puppy in three weeks (her half sister). I know this will be another dog that we will love just as much, but the new puppy will never be able to fill the void in my heart for Ruby.
I have learned so much from all of this, and I hope no one else has to go through it, or even that we do not have to go through it again.
Things I have learned and can pass along:
If you think even the smallest thing is unusual for your dog take them to the vet, and insist that they look further into it. Our first vet ignored everything I thought was wrong with her, and just said she was a healthy puppy. That could not have been further from the truth.
With that said, go with your gut. You are the parent of your fur baby and you know them more than anyone else. Push doctors for the best service available.
Cherish every moment you have with your animals. Ruby brought so much joy to our lives even for just the three short weeks we had her.
Give as much attention to your animals as you can. We all get so wrapped up in our lives of work, school, kids, etc that our pets get put on the back burner.
Our pets devote their lives to pleasing us, why not do something everyday for them.
Take as many pictures/videos of them as possible. You never know when those pictures is what will get you through the day.
Have a large toy (teddy bear, puppy, giraffe, etc) that is their baby. When they are gone it is the only thing that has their scent the most. I smell Ruby’s Buddy everyday because it smells like her. I do not know how much harder this would be if I did not have Buddy to smell and remind me of how wonderful Ruby was.
Get pet insurance. It seems crazy to have insurance for a dog, but after how much we spent in the the matter of three days, insurance is not so bad, and in the instance that maybe in the future it could have been just a broken leg we would be able to have surgery instead of putting a dog down because of money. Spending $25 a month is well worth it, if it could help save your dogs life in the future. (Unfortuntately, even insurance could not have helped our Ruby fully recover, but it is something we are getting for our next puppy in the instance an emergency happens).
Again cherish every moment with your animals, they are like our children, and even though they are not human we love them so very much, and want the best for them.
Rest in peace my Ruby Lou. I will miss you forever.