It’s in our DNA, I’m sure, because we have always been a family that loves animals. We have had a couple of ‘tastes’ of what it’s like to be without even one of our beloved friends in the past few years, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
Our furry family members include an energetic, athletic Min Pin/Beagle cross pup called ‘Oliver'; a beautiful steel grey long hair moose-of-a-cat with bright green eyes named ‘Bob’ ; ‘Mew’ our petite, lovable calico cat; our huge, furry, beautiful steel grey long hair cat, Bob, and our newest addition, beautiful, sweet tiny white terripoo (we think), Frankie.
Our previous 14 year old Beagle/Rottweiler cross dog named ‘Nala’ passed away a couple of years ago from age-related ailments. Nala’s last two years were quite difficult as more and more health issues became apparent. As a much loved member of our family, we continued to work with her to accommodate her limitations, but in the end they were too much for her and we made the tough decision to end her suffering.
I knew right away that I had to find another dog to love, despite the reluctance of my husband who was still stinging from the hurt of losing Nala. She had left a huge void in our lives and we missed her dearly. So, I researched diligently to find a young, mixed breed dog that would fit into our lives. I looked at dozens before I was drawn to a handsome nine month old pup at the Abbotsford SPCA
From day one he has been a raving lunatic and bundle of energy who has never stopped moving and loves to play and wrestle – with us, with our cats and with his plethora of toys… He has fit right in. The toys were a must to keep him from destroying everything in the house. His one flaw has been the need to ‘ingest’ everything including paper, pens, hockey tape, Christmas ornaments, remote controls, and so on and so on and so on…
He recently made friends with three lovable dustmops living next door. He has been in the habit of jumping the fence to go over and play. However, one horrible night he disappeared and my husband found him under our neighbour’s shed behaving very strangely. Shivering and unsteady on his feet, he had very little control of his hind end. We rushed him for an emergency vet visit at the
Sardis Animal Hospital. Upon arriving, he was completely paralyzed in the hind end, had lost bladder control and was shivering uncontrollably from hypothermia. I had a really hard time holding it together. The vet suggested keeping him overnight to see if he recovered any of the lost function, to see if it would be necessary to send him to the surgeon.The next morning we got wonderful news. He had made a miraculous recovery and would return home the next day. He had a severely compressed disk in his spine. We had to start making accommodations and were told to be very careful with him for the rest of his life to avoid a recurrence.
Now, three years later, he is doing fine. We’ve never had another such incident.