3 1/2 years ago we were lucky enough to bring a 3 year old pup into our home. A friend needed to rehome Peaches and while we hadn't had a dog in a long time we were ready to become puppy parents.
After we had her for about a year she hurt her back...two slipped disks is what the x-rays showed. Our poor baby was in pain and her back legs were paralyzed. It was a struggle learning how to help her with daily life but slowly we worked in to a routine. My husband built her a wheel chair and would take her for walks, weather permitting.
For two years we really spent most of our time pampering our pup and enjoying her and she was enjoying life too.
On Tuesday February 4, 2020 I was upstairs walking when my husband called out to me and as I looked down I saw our paralyzed pup walking behind him, Not dragging her legs but actually using those hind legs that she hadn't used in over 2 years. I came down stairs and tried to get a video of her and was able to capture her taking steps. To say we were elated would be a huge understatement. We could hardly believe it. The rest of the day she slept a lot, but we figured that her adventure had just tired her out.
I noticed that she hadn't eaten that day, but that wasn't terribly unusual for her. She would often skip eating one day and then eat several times the next day but this time she didn't eat on Wednesday either and she was sleeping a lot. We called the vet and weren't able to get her in until Thursday.morning, but I figured perhaps she had a UTI as that is common with paralyzed dogs.
The vet did an ultrasound and said there were no stones in her bladder, which was a relief but that it did look somewhat cloudy and they weren't sure why. They gave us antibiotics, a prescription for pain meds and something to help increase her appetite.
After getting home we took her out of the box she was transported in and put her on a blanket in our bedroom. She just didn't look good to me and I sat with her, my husband sat with her and we loved on her letting her know it was going to be okay.
Neither of had eaten and I decided to get some peaches to eat and my hubby got a yogurt. We were watching tv when I realized I hadn't heard any sounds from her in a few minutes. I got up went to where she was laying and knew immediately what had happened. I looked at my husband and he got up and put his hand on her stomach..nothing. We just looked at each other and broke into tears.
Our baby Peaches died at about 9:00 p.m. February 6, 2020. It was so quick. She was just 6 1/2 years old, not very old for a dog.
We had her creamated and have her ashes along with a picture of her that our daughter framed for us. We are both still in shock that she is gone. The empty spot is huge.
We do want another dog and probably pretty soon but I don't think there will ever be another dog that fills our hearts the way our Peachy Pie did.
I miss her.