My Dog Is My Child, And I Don't Regret Spoiling Her

My Dog Is My Child, And I Don't Regret Spoiling Her

A true dog mom spoils her pups.


Last week, my dog got sick very suddenly and we rushed her into the vet as soon as we could. She got a very unfortunate diagnosis. Gastric torsion. Most of the time, this is basically a death sentence for a dog. Many dogs don't even make it into the vet's office before the torsion cuts off their airway. We were so lucky to get Tessa into the vet's office in time, but it wasn't all fun and games after we got her in.

The first thing they try to do for dogs with gastric torsion is an attempt to get a tube down the dog's throat to remove the excess air from their stomach. Tessa's stomach was too twisted for a tube to get down, so the vet had to go for the worst-case scenario. Emergency surgery. Of course, as a pet owner, this is the last thing you want to hear. It's not about the money that the surgery costs or the fact that your pet will most likely be staying at the vet's office for several days, it's the fact that your pet may not make it through the night, and even if they do, you will have to watch them be in pain for several days or even weeks while they are trying to recover.

Tessa's surgery was tough. I was able to go see her each day after her surgery, and it was hard for me to sit beside her and try to comfort my sweet pup without tearing up myself. The vet came in and told me that she still had a long way to go before she was completely recovered from the surgery. Those words stung a little bit and each morning I impatiently awaited the call from the vet's office with updates.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Finally, Friday came around, and that was my last opportunity to visit her before the end of the week. To my surprise, when I opened the door to her kennel, she stood up and came to greet me! She went to the back door of the office and wanted to go on a walk. And what a relief that was.

On Monday, we were able to bring her home and she was back to her nosy self. But with that being said, I don't regret spoiling my dog. It doesn't bother me that she wants to be hand fed every meal after coming home from the vet's office, but this will be a habit that we eventually break. I will never ever tie my dog up in the yard just to make sure she stays. She will come inside. She is just as much a member of my family as anyone else. It doesn't bother me that she likes the expensive food the best and that she requires a lot of attention, because she's basically my child, and taking care of her is my responsibility.

Anne Marie Bonadio

Take care of your pets. They may just be part of your world, but you are their entire world.

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Losing My Pet Was Like Losing My Best Friend

To the girl who lost her best friend, from somebody in your shoes.


This isn't about your diamonds or your human best friend, this is about your dog.

The one who sat next to you while you were in tears that one night. He or she was the one who cuddled with you when you were alone at night, ate your nasty leftovers, made you feel welcomed in an unwanted home, and gave you all the love in their heart that they possibly could.

From the moment you got them, they gave you nothing but love.

Like Mary J. Blige once said, what you and your dog have is "REAL LOVE."

When you lost them, it felt as if the whole world came to a crumble. It hurts a lot and makes you cry for such a long time. They will bring so much joy while they are here, yet when they're gone it'll bring such pain. They may be gone due to death or even having to give them a better home. We must remember that all dogs go to heaven and we can't always do something to stop it. It's best for us to say our proper goodbye, and move on and wish them well.

We must do our best to move on at least. I am here to say it is okay to talk about it with someone. It may not seem a lot to others but trust there are many people who may understand exactly what you are going through. It is okay to set up a memorial for them. It is okay to be upset for a couple of days. Go out, find a hobby, write about it, draw, or anything that can help you cope properly. What is not okay, is dwelling on what happened, or what you could've possibly done or changed.

This is because everything happens for a reason. There was a good reason why this is happening or has already occurred. No, you do not need to buy another dog or pet or adopt. You need to face what happened and move on properly before you decide you want another pet. I wouldn't want to pass away and someone immediately replace me with someone new.

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For those who have never lost a pet, this may seem like a very insignificant, but once you had a pet whose grown with you, been there when no one was, or showed you love and care in different ways, it'll tear your heart at their loss.

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I wrote this one for those going through the same type of heartbreak. Thank you, Titus, for the greatest memories I have from my home.

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