I had called in to my work to tell them I would not be in. I was crying, my boss, who I adore, Debbie, cried with me. All Tiger's friends said their goodbyes to Tiger from the dog park the day before. It was horrid and I was not sure I'd make it through the pain, but that wasn't going to stop me from giving him relief.
But a MIRACLE happened that horrible morning in December. I got up out of bed and walked out to the living area and guess who was sitting there up and alert with his tail wagging with a toy in his mouth? Tiger than RAN and jumped on the bed, grabbed another toy and started playing with the other dogs. He was excited, barking with joy, his emotions were so intense and filled my soul with gratitude. I've never been so relieved, but knew, based on the previous year, the most likely would be temporary. So, I called Dr. Scheff and just told, "not today". She was thrilled.
We all went to the park and I let him be a dog. He played and played and ran and jumped and, of course, I kept him under control so as not to 'overdo it'. But being I hadn't seem him do any of that for weeks, I tried to allow him as much freedom as possible.
I still took the day off and just loved on him, fed him everything healthy. No cookies, just health. He loved his warm stew of lentils and veggies and of course kibble.
Well, it's been about two months now and Tiger has done nothing but progress. His muscles have grown and barely a bone in sight on that left rear hip. He never did get that new hip, but whatever happened during that night of love and me telling him how much I loved him, he got his fight and then his life back. WE got our lives back. Rarely, if ever, does he need to have his pain managed. We did it. We did what we set out to do. We saved Tiger's life! All of us, including all of you who helped with financial and, as importantly, emotional support. We gave this amazing animal the chance to recover and no one, ever gave up. Now, he's the happiest dog in the world and we are the happiest family on the planet.
How I found Tiger on the morning of 12/4/2015Jill V. Harper (aka: Jill Vedder)