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ShellyMaddie

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Two weeks ago I had my 8 year old Boston terrier taken from me. We were out enjoying a long walk (on a leash) and an unleashed big dog came from behind me and attacked her. I tried to scoop her up but I was too late. The other dogs owner watched and did nothing and I started trying to get the dog off Maddie and got bit myself. Maddie survived the initial attack and I rushed to the pet hospital. They stitched her up with drains and we went home. Took her back for a check up the next day and they said she looked good, but she wasn’t eating. Took her the next day and they said she had an infection and I could either try a second antibiotic or let them reopen the wounds and clean them out. They recommended cleaning the wounds and I agreed. I wish I wouldn’t have. She stopped breathing when they put her under and passed away. I asked the vet why and she said she thought Maddie had sepsis and it shut her organs down.
I am devastated. I relive the attack over and over. I’m drowning in guilt for walking her a different path than normal, for opting for the surgery, for not fighting that dog off harder. I was supposed to protect her and I didn’t. I just want my baby back. I don’t know how to get passed this intense sorrow, grief and guilt.
skmk

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Oh I'm so sorry. What an awful ordeal. It's such a shock when they're taken so suddenly. You did everything you could. You couldn't have known what would happen. I would have made the same decisions you did. I hope you will report the dog that attacked yours to the authorities. My sweet boy Dickens was recently taken suddenly. He was on Prednisone and after a few days wasn't doing well. Took him to the vet. They said his red blood cells were very low(anemic) and dehydrated. They tried to stablize him with fluids but he passed away. The vet can't even give me answers. He was 13 and the love of my life. It hard not knowing what happened. It will take a long time fore to get over this. I am depressed, crying, having panic attacks. Hugs to you I'm so sorry.
Skmk
ShellyMaddie

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I feel the same way. So sorry for your loss :(
I filed a police report and reported to animal control. He got a $125 fine and got to keep his dog.
Maddie was my heart dog, I don’t know how to come to peace with it all.
skmk

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I wish I had some magic words for you that would make it all better. I can't even help myself. I can barely function. I just know that it will take lots of time. Good luck to you. I wish you peace.
featheredwolf

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I am so very sorry for your devastating loss.  You did everything humanly possible to save your precious dog.  It so unfortunate that along with our grief we tend to beat ourselves up at the same time.  Please try and not blame yourself.  We have no way of knowing the outcome of situations before they happen.  I know this is easier said than done.  You are supported here and I am giving you a huge virtual hug! 
pb313

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ShellyMaddie,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is excruciating. Maddie knows you did everything possible to help her. I think all of us would have done exactly the same things. Hoping you find some peace.

Sincerely,
PB - aka Raider’s mom
Dogsarepeopletoo

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Oh my gosh, what a heartbreaking story -- I am so sorry for your loss. I think it's human nature to blame ourselves and wonder about all the "what if's" and "if onlies" but I hope you know in your heart that it was not your fault and you did everything you could for your sweetie. None of us could have done anything different.

Please be good to yourself in the days ahead and know we all understand.
ShellyMaddie

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Thank you for the responses. ❤️ This was and is just really tough on me. It hadn’t even crossed my mind after she made it through the actual attack that she could die. My heart is broken.
Chris79

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I am so sorry you had to go through that horrific ordeal. I’m struggling with my loss at the moment and am trying to feel not alone. I came across your post and my heart breaks even more for you. You did everything right please know that. I hope you find some peace knowing you really did do all you could. I think we all struggle with the what if questions, but it truly sounds like you did everything possible. I’m so, so sorry for your loss.
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