We’ve been slowly building up our emergency fund, because I’m also a full-time MBA student. That means on top of having a nanny, we fork out $2700 every 8 weeks for my schooling in order to remain debt free. Have you ever had Murphy hit hard? Because that’s just what happened with us.
If you ever have had a pet, you know the costs associated with raising them. In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to “Raising Pets on a Budget”, because I think it can be done, while being a fantastic pet owner. We love our animals, in fact we refer to our chocolate lab as our “first born”. We have Dakota, our lab, and two loving tabby cats, Harper and Hayden. My husband now has a marriage rule where I am not allowed to enter a pet rescue without his signed permission. He knows my heart belongs to animals.
In early May my family and I traveled to Palm Springs (thanks to my generous in-laws) for a family vacation. On Sunday, May 7th, we were in Walmart picking up groceries and I met back up with my husband who was on the phone. I immediately knew something was wrong. My heart sank, because I knew my parents had our dog with them and were watching over our two cats. Our dog had collapsed at the dog park and was paralyzed. I know so many people are of the opinion “it’s just a dog”, but he is much more than that in this family. Our boys call him their brother. And we still treat him like one of our kids.
To make a long story short, Dakota had what is called a fibrocartilaginous embolism. It’s when a piece of fibrous cartilage blocks blood supply to the spinal cord. My parents left him overnight at the emergency vet and went and got him that next morning on Monday.
We wanted our own vet to look at him, and we wanted a second opinion, because the initial vet honestly didn’t know what had happened. Our vet was amazing. Honestly, from the very get go his concern was not only Dakota, but he was very adamant he did not want us spending a lot of money until we could rule things out. So we started him with laser therapy and some anti-inflammatory medication. We also had to put him in a dog shoe to protect him from scraping or further injuring his lame paw
Each laser therapy has cost us $40 per visit, but in the 3. 5 weeks he has gone from dragging his legs and having zero spatial perception of the legs, to about a 90% normal gait. We are going to start hydrotherapy to help with his muscle atrophy and walking, but I’m confident he’s going to make a full recovery in the next couple of months.
Of course this is just one small story, but I am so thankful we have a partial emergency fund to foot the cost of his recovery. He’s so worth it to our family.
And as if life wasn’t already interesting enough, our dryer went out a couple of days ago. It’s God keeping me on my toes.