- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
My Fiance and I have been together for 6 years and have had our dog Jack for 5 years. We don’t have any children, nor plan on having any children, so our Jack was like out child.
Sadly, he digested some “plastic christmas tinsel” that was on a shelf and it was wrapped and tangled in and around his intestines. We didn’t see when or how he got into it, we just saw it coming out the other end. My Fiance thought it was a small piece of string and pulled it only to hear out little buddy yell out in pain and start to bleed. We rushed him to the emergency vet where he began to throw up.
After many hours of waiting, we were finally told that surgery was his only option, and would have to be done immediately. The cost? Anywhere from a minimum of $2800 – $5000+ just depending on the severity of the damage and recovery. No payment plans available either. It all must be paid up front.
We were in shock! Not only was our baby in pain and hurting, but the cost to save him was everything we’ve saved for the wedding so far. We asked the vet the chances that Jack would live a normal life after the surgery and they could not give us a definite answer because they didn’t know the severity of the damage.
Here we are having to make the hardest decision of our lives in a mere 5 min. Risk doing the surgery and hope that Jack is painfree and healthy, or risk that there are long term effects???? What to do, What to do?
On top of that, use all of our savings and struggle to then pay our rent, bills ect? (At this point I could care less about having a wedding, I just want my baby!)
Finally after weighing out all the options, with no gurantees that our poor Jack would not suffer or have a normal life after the surgery, we decided it would be best to let him go. (For those that don’t agree with this decision, keep your comments to yourself, you have NO idea how hard this was for us).
We got to say our goodbye’s, and I honestly believe Jack tried to look happy for us in his last moments. We held our baby as he gently fell into eternal sleep. It’s been about 24 hours since we lost our best friend, our companion, our ever faithful dog. I can’t even begin to describe what we feel. Our home is empty, our hearts are empty and it feels as if we will never recover from this.
Before making the decision to let go, my Fiance and I both agreed that having a wedding wouldn’t feel right not having Jack there. I know my Fiance wants to make me happy and keeps asking if I still want a wedding. We have to decide now if we do or we don’t.
So, this is where I need help. I am overwhelmed with guilt if we do decide to have a wedding, how could we continue to plan a “party” when we could have easily used that money to help our Jack.
What would you do in this situation?