I probably don’t have to convince the majority of people that their dogs are more than just a pet.
I know so many people who consider their dogs as their babies, and understand that our dogs are our best friend and companions for a reason. We’re the light of their life and their motivation to live and it’s up to us to take care of them as if they’re our own child.
My dog, Bindi, is definitely my baby.
A situation we had this week made me realize that she relies on me for everything; to make her healthy, to look out for her well-being, to help her live her short little life to its fullest potential.
We had done some exploring around the area and of course had my little babe with us.
After a couple of hours hiking and driving around the mountains, she started vomiting. I thought maybe it was just because she was car sick but it continued after we got home that night, along with this awful coughing/hacking sound.
I decided we needed to take her to the vet.
3 hours, multiple x-rays, blood tests and $600 later, we found out that Bindi’s trachea is collapsed in two different places. Apparently this is a condition that small dogs of her breed face but that still doesn’t ease the pain of knowing something’s wrong with her and I can’t just instantly fix it. We can treat the condition by trying to strengthen the cartilage of the trachea but someday she may need surgery to place a stent in to straighten the trachea out.
It was in that moment that I realized I’m absolutely everything to this little dog. She has no idea what’s going on with her, why she’s in pain or why she coughs up a lung every time she eats or drinks. So, it’s all up to me to make it better.
Bindi’s not just a dog to me. Even though she can’t verbally express how she’s feeling, she can look up at me and use her body language to try and communicate what she wants.
If I’m sad, she’ll lick my tears. If I’m an anxious mess, she’s panicky too. If I’m laughing & having fun, she’s excited as can be.
And I hope to give her the most fulfilling life that I’m capable of giving her, even if she gets annoyed with how much I love on her!