Your Pet Loss Stories

'Daisy My Baby'

by Jennifer
(Chicago)

Daisy came into my life out of nowhere. I was searching for a little dog to be a companion for my beagle. Daisy was given to me by a friend who could not keep her. She instantly became so attached to me and me to her. I thought she would be with me for years.


One morning she was acting different and crying when I went to touch her. I found out she either had a slipped disc or trouble with her hip since it didn't look totally right on the x rays. I was to keep her on cage rest for 3 to 4 weeks. I let her out to go to the bathroom and didn't put a collar on her. She ran after a squirrel and instantly cried out and could no longer move her back legs. I felt so guilty, if I had just put a leash on her.

I took her to the vet and they said she needed to see a specialist. They told me she ruptured a disc and if I wanted surgery it would be 7000 dollars. I couldn't believe it would cost this much. I decided to take her home on meds and keep her on cage rest. From everything I read online it said she would probably not gain back her movement in her hind legs but usually the disc would heal itself.

After a few days and her not looking any better I searched online for other options and found a vet school three hours away that would do the surgery for 3000. I took her out there for surgery but she didn't make it through recovery. She stayed there for three days but the night I brought her home she was gasping for air and was totally paralyzed by the morning. I think I got the surgery too late.

The guilt of this all is killing me. I loved her so much and feel guilty for not putting a leash on her and now for not getting the surgery in time. I guess I can't change the past but I wish I could. She will be missed.

Click here to read or post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Your Pet Loss Stories - Dog Stories - D - F.