Up until last year, we had been debt free for a few years. We carried a car note, but that was mostly to help our credit score. We were well on our way to building up more than one month’s salary in our emergency savings. Then it happened…or continued to happen.
Our sweet baby puppy, Willow, developed meningitis when she was 6 months old. She is now two. It has been a painful journey for her, and also for us financially.
Her meningitis is caused by her immune system. When it flairs up, her back and neck are excruciatingly painful. It mostly flairs up when she is sick. She is on immune suppressants and has a weakened immune system. She tends to get seriously sick from things that most dogs would just get antibiotics for.
It took quite a while, 3 MRIs, 2 spinal taps, an ultra sound, and too many x-rays and blood tests to count, before a diagnosis was made. And, we had a situation with a neurologist that just didn’t have enough experience to handle her illness.
Last spring, Willow got sick yet again. I don’t know if it was a blessing in disguise or not. Although she ended up spending 10 days in a critical care facility, we did find a specialist that has kept her healthy and pain free since then.
Most people say we are crazy for spending so much money on a pet. But she is more than a pet. She is a member of our family and I will do anything within my power to keep her healthy and out of pain.
It brings me to tears to see her is pain. She’s just an innocent little beagle that doesn’t understand why she is in pain. She doesn’t deserve to be in pain. What she does deserve is parents that love her and take care of her in any way they can. Lucky her, she has that. The love she gives back to us is worth the price we pay to keep her healthy.