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With A LOT of Help from my Friends...

As many of my Facebook friends know, last week I was hit with a devastating disaster when my two dogs ate an entire box of snail poison that someone (not named) left in my yard. Apparently, to dogs, this stuff is delicious; my dogs ate the entire box.

Luckily, I got home just in time as the dogs were starting to have convulsions. When I saw the ripped open box of snail pellets, I grabbed the dogs and carried them to my car, and raced to the animal emergency hospital. For two days, I felt completely powerless, watching my beautiful innocent creatures in the ICU, and crying as I watched them hover on the brink of death.

The next morning I got the good news that both were getting better, and would live.

In that instance, the way I see my world changed from depressed to gratitude:

For the VCA animal hospital and their 24-hour care. It's hard to be angered by a $7,000 bill when I have my babies back.

And - for my friends who came over and held me, as well as my Facebook friends. I've always made fun of Facebook and the stupid things people post, but the posts I saw on a very dark night -- when I didn't know if I had lost my babies -- helped me hold it together.

I posted a video of Cody in the ICU on Facebook -- and it was the hundreds of loving comments and prayers that got me through those horrible nights. Your comments touched my heart, showing me that none of us are alone.

Why does it take a disaster to wake us up to the fact that we all are surrounded by much love?

Thank you for being on my blog list. I don't take you for granted. And, please NEVER use poison in your garden ... whether or not you have animals.

22 comments:

Lisa Harmon said...

Glad your puppies are on the mend!

Anonymous said...

egads Judy... I hadn't heard... I'm so sorry for the traumatic adventure... and so pleased for you all that there is a happy ending.

KCronin

judydavid.com said...

What a BEAUTIFUL story! Yes, heart-wrenching, but -wow-- I've got goosebumps that won't stop; and I swear I haven't been near any fowl.

Reader's Digest would love it, but I'm sure you have lots of media to share it with. And your post-trauma awareness. I love you story(ies)

You're amazing in everything you write to others, every day of your life! I'm a 75-yr-old dame who's still hoping to do standup (took a diff. class).Best to you! judy david

Mark W. Travis said...

Judy, I had no idea. None at all. SUch great news that all is well. Ironically, my dog (you've met Tanner) was hit by a spinal disorder or disease two days ago. And of course I rushed him to ASK (VCA in the valley) and they are in the process of saving him. Again the big bill but right now I have Tanner here lying at my feet, his body battling some disease, full of medication, and I am so grateful for the world that brought him to me 13 years ago. And to my friends (on FB) that keep sending support. So it is with compassion, understanding and camaraderie that I read you story. Miss you. Love the picture. Cheers, Mark

Devo Cutler-Rubenstein said...

Judy -- Amazing that you acted so quickly and that you were able to -- with grace from all around you -- endure. Unless folks have animals in their lives, it is sometimes hard to understand that they are family. And that they are our examples of our potential for unconditional love. So, that this happened, very horrible. What you and your critters did with the lesson, just a blessing! Thanks for sharing this truly horrible story. By the way, my doc, Dr. Palmquist, helped me through some stuff with Bo and he uses alternative as well as traditional medical support. Just a thought as they still have some potential damage to their systems that perhaps can be further addressed and made even better! xoxo luv ya.! Devo

Unknown said...

Oh my Judy, somehow I did not see this. I watched the video, and that must have been so brutal for all of you? So happy they are going to make it, and that you found the often overlooked sweetness of facebook. My cyber friends have been a tremendous support to me many times. Blessings and continued healing to you fur family.

Carla René said...

Judy,

I never saw the original, but I'm so sad for the event, and so happy they are okay! I have three cats in my Cereal Killer crew, and feel as if I would just literally fall down and die if anything happened to one of them.

FB can be a great field for new material, but as you've learned, it's also a great place to make new friends who care. In fact, it's where I found and adopted Chairman Meow, my newest addition. My FB friends that I've never met have sustained me in some of the darkest days of my life.

((((hugs))))

~~Carla

Tom Frykman said...

Great story, Judy! Glad it worked out, T

Mighty Quinn said...

Glad the dogs are now a woman's best friend. The 7000 Dollars seems alarming but the snail epidemic is worse. As you are out of poison I advise get butter and garlic make friends with French people in the neighborhood.

Van Brown said...

Judy! Thank goodness you were able to save your friends. Wow, dogs never leave out poisons for people to get into.

“The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.” ~ Mark Twain

Julie Ann Sullivan said...

How wonderful that your dogs pulled through. That must have been a very long two days. I too feel that it is important, and our choice, to have gratitude BEFORE tragedy. I practice everyday. Wonderful news!

Linda Lichtman said...

Judy - although we only met once, at an IWOSC workshop, you left an impact on my heart.

So when I saw your blog on my email, as always I opened it.

The best news is the reminder that there are so many people, even on the periphery of our lives who can and do care about each and every one of us who opens up and asks for support.

Love your result...be well and healthy...Linda Lichtman

Constance Haft said...

Thank goodness for happy endings! Your doggie looks so loveable!!! I'm happy for you that they were saved.
Best wishes,
Constance (Where's the Fire) Haft

Tansy said...

So great that you got home in time to save them. They have a good loving Mommy and your family is now safe. Good news! I can't imagine if that happened to my doggie....!

Ron Rigby said...

Man, that's a nightmare! I'm really glad they're going to be ok....and you're a better person than I because someone would probably be in the hospital right now if that had happened to my dogs. Who the f**k uses poison outside when they know animals are in the area?

Ellen Mausner said...

Dear Judy,
So glad your precious dogs made it thru. How scary. Sometimes it takes a tragic turn to know we are truly loved. I am a fan of your work and your wisdom. Glad you have your babies back.
Ellen Orchid

www.ellenorchid.com

*LMF* said...

I'm a fairly new dog owner as well. Mine ate a coconut and almost died. Weird to feel such love and sorrow for a dog, well, for ME it was. I'm glad your pups are doing well. They're such great creatures.

K.A. Emery said...

Judy,

I'm SO glad that everything worked out alright. Recently had a scare of my own with one of mine (a 2 1/2 year old cat that was born with no eyes, one of my special needs guys). He had a seizure and I raced to the ER at 2:45am, 1/31. Turns out he's epileptic and we're now in a seizure-watch-phase to determine if/how much/how often to medicate. I know how that helplessness feels and again... I'm very happy that it has all turned out well in the end for you and your little guys!!

Best,
Karen (Emery)- former NSA Chapter Relations Manager)

canal Q pirate said...

Thankful for your babies recovering. I am sure that was a hard and anxious time.
Plus, Grateful for your note about my mother.

canal Q pirate said...

I would have been there, had I known.

Dr. Audrey Levy said...

Thank you to the universe for helping you get home in time, and having the money to pay for the technology that exists to heal them. And a big 'screw you' to whoever was idiotic enough to leave snail poison where puppy dogs or kitty cats or even birds could get to it. What's the matter with a snail in the first place that you'd want to poison it? Why is the human's first answer "kill the enemy?" Isn't there another solution? Judy, can't you teach snails to laugh and come to comedy school so they leave your garden alone?!?!

Anonymous said...

I doesn't take a village....It takes a disaster! When things are at their worst, people are at their best. Why is it that way?...too much going on just to survive to push through to the hyper self....the good self...It takes a lot of energy to do that. Most people don't have the energy every day. It is just hard to work that hard, unless disaster makes ud do it...Judy I am glad your dogs are going to be ok...

Steve B...{The worst comic you ever tried to train...)