The time between September and December is my favorite time of year. I love the holiday season for the spirit it brings. It’s hard to describe the feeling the season evokes. A combination of festive and peaceful. Or something. And while it is cliché to do the “things I am thankful for this year” post on Thanksgiving – I am doing it anyway. Guess I am cliché. Whatever. I love it. Someone hand me a pumpkin spice latte. 😂
This year, I am overwhelmingly grateful for my family.
The biggest thing I am thankful for this year is my family. I have two dogs, Simba and Lola. I have had Simba for about 9 years (10 coming up) and he is truly my baby. Getting a puppy is a no joke commitment,I have had to learn quite a bit. He has been through everything with me – thick and thin.
I adopted Lola exactly two years ago when she was two years old. She had been in the shelter for 2 months and just moved to the location I was at the day prior. The story of why I was even at Petsmart that day and how I came to the decision to adopt a dog is a story for a different day. About four months after I adopted her, she began to have allergies so bad that she was itching the skin around her eyes until it bled. So she is on a couple of medications for that. Then in December of last year, she woke me up in the middle of the night screeching. It was jarring and I jumped in my car and we drove to find the nearest open vet. She had an injury on her spinal cord. We got medication, went home, and she was fine. Until April. She was clearly in pain and woke me at midnight. We went to the vet first thing, got her meds and came home, she was on bed rest. Then, I went to take a shower and when I came out she was dragging her back legs and lost the ability to walk. We had to go to the vet neurologist (who even knew this was a thing?!), and she required immediate surgery to prevent her from being paralyzed forever.
It was an emotionally greuling day. With the support of my dad and Robin, and a payment plan from the vet- I was able to get Lola’s surgery and she can walk again. She still has a drunken walk, and it won’t ever be perfect, but I am grateful that I had the support system from my family to keep my family intact and healthy. I also am grateful for the serendipitous series of events that led to Lola’s adoption. Someone else may not have been able to take care of her the same way my family and I have been able to.