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Scariest Day of My Life...


I don't even know how to preface this entry without bawling hysterically. My Literature class ended early and I headed to the VisCom building to work for a little while. I left not too long after and headed home. Pipkin stays in her kennel upstairs while we are gone so she can be housebroken. Georgia stays downstairs and pretty much lays on the couch all day. After putting all of my stuff down I went upstairs to get Pip and take her potty. I opened the door and lost it. Pip had wiggled her way through her kennel somehow and got her head caught outside. She was just lying there... motionless. I thought for sure she was dead. I frantically ripped open her kennel and she just fell in my hands. I was screaming bloody murder as I ran downstairs with her in my arms. I rushed to get my phone and she was so limp. I grabbed my purse, rushed to the car, put her in my lap and called Mike three times and he finally answered (he was at work). All I could muster was "YOU HAVE TO COME HOME RIGHT NOW! COME HOME!" Well, imagine that with absolutely no coherence and speeding like crazy to the emergency vet. I mapped one on my phone and luckily it was half a mile down the street. I sped into a parking spot and ran inside with her. The lady at the desk got off the phone real quick and took her from me. I could barely stand up. I can't tell you how close to dead I thought she was. I have no idea how long she had been caught in her kennel. 

I had to fill out some paperwork after the vet attendant gave me my own room (I was hysterical in that place! Seriously). I couldn't even read what I was writing. The vet came in and assured me that he was taking care of her. I was sitting there roughly 30 minutes or so before Mike got there and then we both just bawled. The vet came in and told me she was doing better... that she was alive. She had an IV, oxygen, and a steroid shot. After about an hour he came in and brought her. She was walking.. sort of. She was sort of stumbling around. She was drugged up so she wasn't fully coherent. She also had a very very very swollen neck. She was responsive though! This was good! He told us his biggest fear was brain damage. I kept going over it in my head. Brain damage or not, I would love her all the same. He let us take her home then without any medicine and said to keep her bundled up and resting. After 2 hours of resting/sleeping on the couch, she has perked up, is totally responsive, and just took the toy shovel from Georgia! She also just crawled over into my lap. I'm even crying as I'm typing this because I was so  afraid that we had lost her. 

I don't know what that vet did but he saved her life. She's almost back to 100% and she's only been home 2 and a half hours. She's drinking water, walking around, playing... 

I couldn't even stomach the thought of losing her. She has become such a vital and important part of this family. My heart has never hurt as bad as it did today (except when Bert passed away). We kept looking for signs of brain damage, but she's perking her ears up at everything and coming when called, so we're crossing our fingers that she's going to make a full recovery. If you follow me on twitter and tweeted kind words our way, they are so appreciated and adored. Today has been a rough day.

She's our little miracle pup and I think that it has a lot to do with the positive thoughts and prayers sent our way. It scares me to think about having kids because I know things like this happen. It was no one's fault and Pip is just very ambitious. We thought we had avoided all of these possibilities by never kenneling her with a harness but oh puppies! They find their way into everything! 

Words cannot express how blessed I feel to be writing that she's okay and watching her play on the couch beside me. She's still a little bit loopy but that's just her personality! I definitely keep having these thoughts of "What if I hadn't left school when I did? What if I had come home earlier? Could I have prevented this? What if I didn't come home until later?" but I'm trying to not let the "what ifs" get me down. The truth of the matter is that she's here now, she's healthy, and she's loved loved loved. (Georgia just laid down beside her and put her nose to Pip's! I love my girls!)

Now we're going to spend some family time together and play around. I'll be back tomorrow. xo

61 comments:

  1. oh my gosh! SOOOOOOOOOOOO happy everything looks good! i would hate to see one of my pups hurt. *sigh of relief*

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  2. Hey you - I saw your tweet about Pip being at the emergency vet and I couldn't type fast enough to find out if she was okay (I think I have your cell number on my phone I was about to send a transatlantic text message to see what was happening)

    I send hugs to you all :)

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  3. Oh dear. Thank GOODNESS that vet was able to save her. I teared up a little when reading this. I can totally relate to this incident.

    Happy she's okay. :D

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  4. Oh Kaelah I am so so sorry this happened. And I'm so glad Pipkin is okay!! I had tears in my eyes just reading about it!

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  5. oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!
    I am SOOOOOO glad that she is alright!!!! I have five cats and if anything even remotely happened to one of them, I would loose it!!
    They are my children!!!
    Thank goodness you were there in time and that she will be okay!! You are such a great mother and I can feel your love for her just flowing from my computer! :)
    Have a beautiful rest of the day!!
    xooxxoxo

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  6. So glad she is OK!!!

    I'm almost started bawling while reading this! I'm a big dog lover!!

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  7. Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear that, but am glad to hear everything is better now! Dogs definitely are my swear spot and my heart goes out to y'all! Sounds like she should be making a great recovery!!!

    Xo, Lindsey
    http://lindseyholt.blogspot.com/

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  8. Oh my god i'm SO happy she's okayy! I gasped when I read what happened to her. I can't imagine how horrible you felt when you discovered her. I know what it feels like to not know if your dog is going to live or not. I would have been hysterical too! But i'm so glad she's doing better and she's home safe. -hugs- <3

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  9. omg goosebumps! i'm so so glad to hear she's okay!! definitely sending positive thoughts your way :]

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  10. Om my goodness!! I am sooooo happy your little one is alright! That is such a scary story and I'm so sorry but i'm sending good thoughts! I know how it feels because we took a rescue kitty and had to have it put down because it had FIV and we couldn't bear to bring it back home because it could possibly infect the other two or let live on the streets without a home- I cried alot and the little guy was only with is for 3 days!

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  11. omg i would have been the same way!!
    thankfully she has such good owners who care

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  12. From one puppy-momma to another, I totally understand how scary that is & you did everything right. You're doing a good job of taking care of your girls, just remember than when those what-ifs pop up.

    I remember one time I thought my Natalie (chihuahua) was in danger. I was getting ready to go out for a big formal ceremony (my pastor/friend was being ordained) & while I was busy primping Natalie LICKED NAIR off my leg. OH MY GOD my heart fell out of my chest as I threw her in the tub & cried/begged to animal poison control & had to stay awake with her for the next 24 hours. But these things just happen & you're right, it's nobody's fault. (of course I didn't believe that until my Mom told me about when she had to call poison control for me as a toddler). Our pups really are our kids.

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  13. I'm so so happy that she's ok!! I could not imagine the stress you must have been under, if that happened to my little puppy I would be an absolute hysterical mess:(

    I hope she gets to 100% soon x

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  14. i'm so glad your dog is ok!

    I remember when my dog was a puppy and he got a doggy flu and stopped walking. I was scream crying!

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  15. So happy to hear she's doing better!! I can only imagine what you went through!!!

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  16. wow how scary! i couldn't even handle myself when cyrus got stung by a bee and his face blew up. i'd be hysterical too. glad you found the emergency vet quickly.

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  17. Oh Kaelah! That must have been horrible. Thank goodness everything seems to be alright. Take care!

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  18. i'm reading this crying. i have two dogs and i'm so attached to them. they actually got out last week and we thought we had lost them for good, until my hero of a brother found them and brought them home safely. i bawled my eyes out even after they were found. i'm still having nightmares about it!

    i'm SO glad pip is okay, she is such a strong little thing. what a relief!

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  19. O,crikey how awful,but thank goodness she's ok!The wee darling...I am teary,as we just lost our little boy a few weeks ago,and it is just the pits to lose one's baby,furry or otherwise,so I understand the hysteria completely.
    Nose kisses to Pipkin & Georgia.

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  20. when i saw your tweet about her my heart sank. i'm so glad she's okay. :)
    all the best to everyone

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  21. I'm totally bawling!! I'm sooo sorry that happened to your lil baby!! My doggies are my children, and I can't have human children, so I rrreeeaaalllly love my lil doggies (4 of them). I know that scared, panicked, horrible feeling you had, and I understand how amazing it feels when they turn out to be okay. Please give Pip hugs from the whole pack at my house! So glad it turned out okay. Hearts and Hugs, Janna Lynn

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  22. i'm so glad everything worked out! i don't know what i would do with out ollie.

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  23. aw, I'm so glad Pip is okay! We had to put my dog to sleep last week and it has been the most heartbreaking experience I've ever had. I know how scary it is when your pet is hurt/sick. I hope the recovery keeps going well and that she is fully healed soon! :) I'll keep praying for her!

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  24. I'm sorry to hear about this, it must have been awful...I'm glad she's ok though! :)

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  25. I had to scroll down to the comments to make sure I wasn't about to read something too terrible. I'm so glad everything turned out ok! I'm sorry you had to go through that :(

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  26. I am so glad to hear Pip is okay!! How scary!! We had to rush my boy Otis to the emergency vet a week and a half ago- my boyfriend took him out for the last pee of the night and called me to come outside. Otis had peed and then his back legs stiffened and he couldn't walk- panicked- kept falling on his face- I hugged him and he was trembling and drooling- I thought he was seizing! We rushed him to the Vet ER and they said they thought we should take him to a better place an hour away- we didn't get there til 2am. Long story short- he has developed a disease as a result of treatment from ANOTHER disease which he developed pneumonia from in addition to that. We adopted him a year ago; poor guy has had one thing after another. He was in the hospital for a week; he's finally home now but it's not easy. His meds make him feel sick, he's tired all the time, we have to forcefeed him catfood when he won't eat. BUT- he's alive and he's my favorite thing in the entire world. Literally. I would give up everything for him. So I can totally identify. Hope you all get some sleep tonight; sounds like she's bouncing right back!! xoxo

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  27. I'm glad she's okay, and soooooo sorry you had to have that scary experience!

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  28. Oh god that's so scary! I'm so glad she's okay. I could not imagine going through that bad of a scare! I did have a small scare with my puppy a few days ago. She was screaming something awful and I was worried she had gotten a hernia again, or worse. My mom was yelling that I had to be prepared to put her down if need be. It was the worst night ever. Turns out she managed to slide a bone in her leg out of place, so now shes on all sorts of pain meds and my whole pay check is gone. I'd rather have my puppy than my pay check any day. I'm so glad your puppy is okay!!!!!

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  29. PHEW! I have tears in my eyes. I had no idea I loved your puppy through the internet so much! I'm SO glad she's okay.. And you and Mike too!

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  30. Kaelah,
    the same thing happened to my puppy...she got stuck between two kennels when she was a teeny puppy and survived.
    Your dog's a fighter.
    I love stories that have a happy ending, but so sad you had to go through that.
    You have many years to enjoy your pup;)

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  31. Kaelah,
    the same thing happened to my puppy...she got stuck between two kennels when she was a teeny puppy and survived.
    Your dog's a fighter.
    I love stories that have a happy ending, but so sad you had to go through that.
    You have many years to enjoy your pup;)

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  32. Oh my gosh, Kaelah. I am so sorry! I'm so happy she's okay!

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  33. very glad to hear that it was a happy ending, she's soooooooo precious.

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  34. Oh my gosh!!!

    I am so happy she's okay. Our dog Willow is my baby so I totally get it. She tried to jump out of the car as I was closing the door 2 weeks ago and it got her leg. She's fine, but I thought I broke her leg. If I had swung it and not had my hand on it to pull it back right away....

    I send hugs your way and I am crossing my fingers she's %100.

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  35. i am sooo happy to hear she is okay <333 i know the feeling of thinking its hopeless. happened to my cat when he got sick out of nowhere last year and pretty much just laid in a corner not moving and would cry. it's the worst feeling ever :(( i'm so happy to hear shes okay though!

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  36. OMG im so glad she is ok!! *huuuge hugs to you all* Reading that made me teary & sad...but im so relieved she is ok <333

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  37. Oh my goodness!I totally just bawled reading your post, I am so happy that little Pipken is OK. I am totally thinking of you guys right now

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  38. bah! this is why i shouldn't read blogs at work...sitting here at my desk crying for you! that is so scary and i couldn't imagine what i would do if i came home and found a doggie like that! i am soooo glad your puppy is ok!

    http://thefreckledmarauder.blogspot.com/

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  39. Oh, I totally understand what it feel like to be scared to death about one of your pets. It's a horrible feeling when you see your pet sick and think she/he is going to die. Thank God your dog got over it and you got home on time! Hope everything works out great! :)

    Miki.

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  40. I'm SOSO glad to hear that Pipkin is alright!! That must have been very scary!! One time my boxer got into my medicine and I was so scared for her, but that was nothing like this is! I'm very glad she is ok and that you are doing alright as well.

    ♥kayla

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  41. So glad that she is okay. Not going to lie I teared up a little while reading this, I just can't imagine.

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  42. I'm so glad Pip is doing better and I hope she recovers fully! Enjoy your family time and keep those little ones safe.

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  43. Omg! So good to hear that everythings okay. I seriously started tearing up while reading this I adore animals so much I hate to see them hurt or in pain so I would have reacted the same way as you. Glad to hear she's okay tho, sending best wishes and happy thoughts your way!

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  44. Awww!!! Poor puppy! I'm so glad she's okay, though. I know what it's like to think you may lose your pet. It's a terrible feeling. :( But again, so glad she's okay. :)

    :o)Sarah
    www.restlessromantic.blogspot.com

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  45. oh no! this totally brought tears to my eyes! the thought of my kitty ever being hurt! oh you poor thing! i hope all is better now and that pip is okay! i hope you can fix her kennel too so that she doesn't want to do that again...i am sooo sorry what a horrible thing to come home too!

    xo,
    cb

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  46. I am so, so, so glad to see she is going to be okay!

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  47. Omg .. Im soooo sorry... I know how scared you must have been... :( SO glad that the vet helped out... :)

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  48. I definitely cried a little reading you post! I know how scary it can be when you're in danger of losing your pet. I've had a few scares with my beloved guinea pig. I am so happy that Pip's okay!

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  49. Oh I'm so sorry! I'm so glad she is ok. What a hard thing to happen. I don't know what I would do.
    I wonder if there is some type of like plastic or mesh lattice that would be small and you could put it over the door.
    Poor baby. It's so good that she is recovering!

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  50. That's terrifying... I'm so sorry. I'm glad Pip is okay though. Please keep us updated

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  51. awww poor baby. glad she is doing a bit better.

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  52. Oh my goodness! I don't even know what I would do if something happened to Walter. I would lose it. So glad your little Pip is ok!

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  53. I am so happy to hear your baby is doing better, I couldn't even imagine going through something like that.

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  54. I just cried reading this. I can't imagine how terrifying that would be. I couldn't help but picture my little boston (Bruiser) doing something like this. I am so glad to hear she is doing better <3

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  55. All I can say is im just so ecstatic that she is ok. I was brought to tears by your post

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  56. OMG. That made me tear up. SO glad Pip's ok.

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  57. oooh she is such a little cutie pie! so glad she is ok and doing better.

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  58. I couldn't imagine coming home and finding one of my pets like that. I would have lost it! I'm so glad she's pulling through!

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  59. I'm really Glad i came across this blog.Added honeybeeinthecity.blogspot.com to my bookmark!

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  60. What a scary scary situation!! <3 I can't even imagine the emotions you went through. I am right there with you. This is also what scares me about having a kid! If I freak out with my furbabies, I can't even imagine a baby! WOW!! Pip is a miracle puppy!

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