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Please consider a rescue dog.
Member Name: Ainat
Date: 25/06/12, updated on 29/06/13 (207 review reads)
Advantages: Amazing animals, full of love.
Disadvantages: None whatsoever!
I wanted to tell the story of my beautiful little dog, Sally. She was a crossbreed - between what we'll never know, but we think she was mostly collie, with some whippet, and a mixture of a few other breeds. She looked a bit like a little fox.
Over the past few weeks I have had to make the most heartbreaking decisions when it came to my beautiful Sally. I had to do the hardest thing I've ever done and let her go. My gorgeous little doggy developed cancer. She had a malignant tumour in her mouth that was causing her so many problems. This tumour, as well as causing her pain in itself, was causing her to lose her sight in one eye and was causing her to have problems with her breathing. The location of the tumour meant it was pushing against her eye and her sinuses, damaging them. It was also affecting her brain in some way, causing her to find it really difficult to control her movements - it was hard for her to walk, harder for her to control her bladder. All this pain and discomfort from this evil tumour that had developed extremely quickly. It was really hard to see her deteriorate, but the rate she did was very very scary. She went from being a very happy, very playful for her age (she was 8) little dog to being a dog that could barely lift her head at times in a matter of weeks. At this alarming rate of deterioration there was very little the vets could do for her. We did have the option of an operation, but this operation would have been extremely high risk - with the risks made even higher due to the location on the tumour. The chances of her pulling through were really low. The chances of her fully recovering, even if she survived the actual operation, even lower. Even then it would be several painful months for her to recover. And even after all that, she had a problem with her kidneys that was manageable without the cancer, but putting her through all that trauma could have led to her body going in to kidney failure. The kindest thing we could do for her would be to put her to sleep. Such a painful decision for me. But would take away all the pain for her.
Before all of this though Sally was the most beautiful little dog. About the size of a small collie, mostly black with little white paws and a bit of white on her tummy - never white for long! For a middle aged dog she still acted like a puppy. Was really playful and enjoyed playing with the other dogs in the park - especially getting muddy. It's a good job she used to enjoy her baths too! Sally was a rescue dog. We don't know her history, but whatever happened to her had made her really nervous around people. As well as being nervous she could be a naughty little thing when we first got her. She loved eating the post that came through the door for one thing. And she hated the postman. If we were out walking her she would know if she saw a postman and start barking and going crazy. She had basic commands, but she chose when to listen - which wasn't often! I took her to dog training classes. I got trained more than Sally. Sally learnt to listen to me. Through lots of love and attention (something I had the impression she didn't get before) she became the most perfect dog, though she still had her mischievous streak! She was perfect. By introducing her and the hamster together slowly she even made friends with Kovo. She used to let him climb all over her. How many dogs do you know that would let a hamster sit on their heads?!
We may have had to let her go, but I'm certainly never going to forget her. Because of Sally I now want to do the same thing for another dog. Get another rescue, and improve their life like I did with Sally. Not yet, the wounds from losing Sally are going to take a while yet to heal. But that one little dog has now inspired me do rescue others. If you are considering getting a dog, please think about getting rescue dog. They may be hard work when you first get them. But it's amazing what a little bit of love can do for a dog. I could write a book about Sally - from how she was at the beginning to how she was at her happiest. Knowing WE did that for her. It was us that gave her a life she could really enjoy. And that is something to be proud of. When I think about all the good times we had, this heartbreak I'm feeling now feels so worthwhile. If we hadn't adopted Sally her life could have been totally different. It is so painful, her not being here, but knowing that we improved her life by taking her home - now that is priceless.
I miss my lovely little dog so much. It's so hard not having her here. She will always be that tiny bit extra special to me over any other dog as she was the first dog I ever owned.
I'm so sorry I had to let you go Sally. It was the hardest decision I've ever made. I couldn't bear to keep seeing you in so much pain. I really hope you enjoyed your time with us, and all the things we did together. I hope you're not in pain any more little dog and are running around somewhere playing with all the other doggies that their owners have had to say goodbye to.
Love you so much and for always. x X x
=== Update ===
It's been a year since we've had to say goodbye to our special Sallydog and I still miss her. We do now have another little dog - Buster. A Jack Russell cross pup. He was about 5 months old when we got him, and now (June 2013) is approximately 11 months old. Mischievous, cheeky and a bundle of energy it's hard to believe he's only been here 6 months. He's doing well though, training him the same way I trained Sally. Another dog that could have had a very different lifestyle - he was rescued from someone who has been prosecuted by the RSPCA. He wouldn't even walk through a doorway when we first got him - so used to being told off for it (all the dogs were kept in one small room), but as we speak he is chasing his ball around the room, tail wagging like crazy, enjoying being a puppy dog. :-) It is such a great feeling knowing that you have changed a little dogs life. :-)
Summary: How can you not love a dog?