A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. Like anyone with a beloved pet, you know that our fur babies are like our children. The past week of my life has been filled with stress, anxiety and fear at the thought of losing my best friend Jackson. Thank you in advance for reading my story. If you are unable to donate, please find it in your heart to share.
I grew up with dogs my whole life. Being a dog lover, i’ve always dreamt of one day having my own. On May 21st, 2013, a friend and I decided to go to a local shelter “to look around” and play with the dogs. We approached the cage full of puppies all eagerly pawing at the front gate. Jackson, who was sitting timidly in the back, immediately caught my eye. I called for him to come front with the rest of the dogs, and he came straight into my arms. From there it was game over. Tears rolled down my cheeks and I knew Jackson had picked me to be his mama. There was no question in my mind that he was the dog I was meant to find and I took him home with me that very day.
Since rescuing Jackson, he has filled my life with so much joy. He loves to play outside, snack on treats and sleep away the day with me snuggled up in my bed. Jackson has been by my side through all of the ups and downs of my twenties as my most unconditionally loyal and loving friend, and I could never imagine my life without him.
Until last week, Jackson has been a happy, healthy normal boy. Tragedy struck on Sunday, February 25th. I woke up in the morning to find my sweet Jackson panting at the end of my bed hardly moving. Immediately I knew something was very wrong. Jackson loves to jump out of bed to go outside to go potty but this particular morning Jackson was unable to move. I picked him up and carried him outside only to find that he had absolutely no feeling in his back legs. Completely paralyzed from the waist down, Jackson laid in the grass panting, in pain and confusion. I scrambled to get Jackson to my local vet in Myrtle Beach, SC. They admitted him immediately and discovered helping him was beyond their medical capabilities. They urged that I rush Jackson to an emergency specialty clinic 2 hours away in Charleston, SC. Without hesitation, I wrapped him up and drove him the 2 hours to Charleston for immediate care.
Jackson was admitted to the specialty clinic and underwent an immediate CT scan. It was discovered that he suffered a herniated disc in his spine which left him paralyzed him from the waist down. The veterinarians educated me on the procedures necessary to help him walk again and I was immediately overwhelmed with emotion. The first nights stay in the ER was $723 and the surgery itself plus aftercare totaled almost $6,000. I became panic stricken at the thought of the financial burden preventing me from keeping my sweet Jackson alive. I knew in my heart that I could never give up hope and I would do anything in the world to help keep him with me. I agreed to pay the amounts for ER stay, surgery and post op care and rehab.
God's grace shined upon us and granted my wishes for a successful surgery. Jackson is now home, has regained feeling in his back legs and is even been able to use the potty by himself again! But this is just the beginning. We have a long road to recovery as now Jackson has to learn to walk all over again. He is able to walk with the support of a sling and gets a little stronger each day. I can feel the fight in him to continue to work hard to walk and be his normal self again. This has been such a scary time for us both but I know Jackson will never give up hope just like I never gave up hope on him.
In addition to the financial strain of the surgery costs, I have also had to take off a substantial amount of time from work for his at home rehabilitation. This impacts me directly as I only earn money when I am actually working. I have always been financially secure and this is the first time in my life I have feared for what may come. A few weeks ago, I never could have imagined this could happen to us. As difficult as it is to reach out for help, I believe that any act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. I also believe that what goes around comes around and that when you are in need the goodness of those around you is enough to move mountains. What is so small to one person can be so huge to someone in need. Please find it in the goodness of your heart to donate to help me get my best friend the care he needs for a successful recovery.
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