Sometimes things don’t work out. And no matter how hard we work or hope, there’s heartbreak. Real life is not a fairytale; it’s complicated, confusing, and often painful. There are happy moments, but happy endings are rare and ever elusive.
A few weeks ago I shared the story of LaCroix, a three-month-old Cattle dog puppy born with spina bifida. LaCroix was rescued with several other dogs from a hoarding situation. When I met him he was an adorable bundle of joy with a zest for life and lots of puppy sparkle in his gorgeous blue eyes. He didn’t stay still for long; he loved to play, learn new things, and make people smile.
But sadly, things change and sometimes quickly.
LaCroix developed neuropathy, which causes intense pain, tingling, and burning, and as a result started to chew on his back legs. In spite of multiple hospitalizations, wearing a cone, changing his bandages daily, and various medications, he still managed to self-mutilate and developed an infection, which spread to his lymph nodes. The only option was to amputate his back legs, but there was still no guarantee his pain or self-mutilation would stop. Without back legs, he would also not be able to use his cart.
After consulting with multiple vets, therapists, and a neurologist, ALIVE Rescue and Bialy’s Wellness Foundation decided to free him from his pain and let him go. LaCroix left the world in the same way he spent the last few months, surrounded by love and people who adored him.
Although his life was brief, LaCroix’s four months were filled with happy moments and more love than many dogs experience in a lifetime (watch him play with his foster brother here). He got to be a dog and enjoy normal dog things – adventure, playtime, good food, and affection in a safe home with a foster family who adored him. Like all dogs, LaCroix was a natural optimist who lived in the here and now – because that’s all there really is; there are no guarantees for anything else.
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we have, not more. Mother Theresa