a valentine's surprise.

I know I post quite a few photos of my dear puppies here on my blog, but today I wanted to share a really special story with you about one of my dearest soul mates. You see, Luke, C’s and my 9 year old chihuahua rat-terrier, was diagnosed with cataracts back in the end of September. His right eye developed a cataract pretty much overnight and before we knew it he was completely blind in that eye. Then, to make matters worse, because of the inflammation in his right eye, the lens detached, making him a very unhappy puppy. To say the very least, our hearts were hurting for him. He’s pushing 10 years old this upcoming July and we are grateful that his health has been nothing but wonderful for nearly his entire life. His blindness wasn’t what bothered us, it was his completely changed mood and demeanor - he was just downright uncomfortable. 

We were sent to a special eye vet in our area and they told us everything I’ve mentioned above: cataracts, detached lens, and inflammation. Then they told us he was going to NEED surgery. We’d either have to take out the eye and sew the hole shut, or we would pay twice as much and have a prosthetic eye put in. They put him on an inflammation eye drop to bring the swelling down and told us to bring him back in about a month and we would discuss surgery. Well, the eye drops worked wonders. Within two days he was completely himself again {or dare I say, even more active and happy than before his eye went bad!} We were pretty excited. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. We never took him back for a check-up because to be quite frank, he was totally fine. He was more so himself than he had been in a long time and we didn’t have the money to throw at an operation that didn’t appear to be necessary. 

This brings us to today, Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure what C was thinking when he booked the appointment, but I was quite unhappy when I learned that we’d be taking Luke in for a check-up in the morning, and then “possibly” leaving him for surgery for the rest of the day - on VALENTINE’S DAY! I know, I’m being dramatic, but you get my point. This morning I took the Lou into the vet for his check-up, having already made up my mind that we were NOT going to do the surgery if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. I mean, seriously…our dog is doing FANTASTIC with only one functioning eye and I really didn’t want to put him through a surgery and recovery if he didn’t absolutely need it to keep him alive. If he had been in any type of discomfort, however, I was going to go through with it. The last thing I want is for my best friend to be unhappy or uncomfortable.

After being with the Dr. for 10 minutes, she informed me that if we didn’t want to do the surgery, we didn’t have to! The Lou’s eye has been looking great and he’s experiencing no discomfort! He’s healthy, his eye looks good, and he definitely doesn’t need surgery! Honestly, I could not have been happier to hear that we didn’t need to put Luke through all of that. It was a VERY happy Valentine’s Day to say the least and I can’t wait to go home and snuggle him tonight and thank God for giving me such a wonderful “friend” and soul mate. The Lou is my everything and he’s made me such a happier person being able to be his mama. I love him so.

So there you have it. The story of a very happy Valentine’s Day for the Lou, my best friend.

I mean, isn’t he just the cutest?