Totally true story.
Yesterday night, my dog was feeling kind of bad so I went to the vet. My rule is, I always go and get him to feel better, even if it's a simple thing that can pass with time. I love him so much, I cannot bear to watch him sad. So off we went, very late at night to endure hours at the emergency vet.
As we sat waiting for his turn, we saw a huge but very shy Pitbull. She was in labor and she was visibly in pain. She trembled from time to time and could not even sit because of the sheer pain. Listening closely to things that I shouldn't, I found out she was in labor all day, it started in the morning.
It was 11pm at night when I was there. Poor little dog.
So we wait a little more and me and my cool dog come inside the office. We wait. We wait. We wait... my dog gets checked and I can see from my little cubicle the office where the pitbull is. I can also hear everything, since this is a very small hospital.
The pitbull requires a c-section. One of the little doggies is blocked.
What I heard next made my heart sank and at the same time, extremely angry.
"Well, we'll have to put her to sleep because I cannot afford it".
Holy Jesus in heaven. How can someone possibly say those words? I felt horrible. I looked at my little dog and thought, I could never, ever say that. Even if I was broke, I would find a way to get my dog to feel better. Yes, vets are very costly. But this is a sort of agreement you have to make when you have any sort of animal.
You are responsible for your pet as you would be to your kids. When they get sick, you have to figure out a way to make them feel better, even if you don't have the money. So having an animal is no different.
Well, the best part of the night was this: as my dog was feeling better and it was time to go home, I saw my vet storming out into the waiting area and telling the owner, in front of all of us, the following:
"I'm not putting your dog to sleep. You HAVE to be responsible for this, as we are. I can understand that this procedure is costly, but you have to take in fact that YOU waited ALL DAY seeing your dog in labor and YOU decided to come in at 11pm at night. And also, your dog is ONE YEAR OLD! She is strong, she is healthy, and she DOES NOT DESERVE TO DIE from this. If you had brought a dog hit by a car, maybe I would have done it. But I won't kill a dog for not being able to deliver her puppies!"
We all smiled. The doc proceeded to tell the loser owner that he was going to help the dog to give birth to the blocked puppy and that it was the owner's responsibility to help the dog deliver the rest and not let her die.
At the end of the night, with the blocked puppy out of the way... we saw the huge tender pitbull give birth to two more puppies.
You should never give up on anything. Not your life. Not your friends. Not your situations. Not on your kids. And not on your animals, who love you so much.
Happy birthday to that amazing doggy mama. You showed him, girl.