Last year I lost my dachshund to a terrible accident. Of all the days to have died she died on my 20th birthday which was just devastating to me. We had been putting her in the back yard with the other dogs because she liked to sun bathe but we couldn't let her out the front because she would run off.
The night before my birthday my fiancé and I were watching a movie when I asked if I could let Jocelyn in. He told me she'd be okay until the movie was over, I was reluctant but agreed. After the movie he went to the bathroom and I went to let her in but when I opened the door all the other dogs came in but her. I got worried; she always came when I called for her. We were like kindred spirits. I walked onto the little porch and saw her lying on the ground, I thought she was dead. I screamed liked I have never screamed before, I hope I never have to again, it scared even me. My fiancé came running in there and saw her lying there. He picked her up and we found that she wasn't dead after all but she was close.
It was Friday night. We drove all over town with the heat blasting in the middle of April looking for an open vet. No one even answered their emergency phone lines. I felt so helpless; we didn't have the money to take her to Dallas for an emergency vet. We did get a close friend who raised dogs to come look at her. She honestly thought she would make it through the night so we finally and very reluctantly for me, went to bed. The poor thing, she always slept with us and we had her all wrapped up in blankets to keep her warm in her crate but she wanted to sleep with me. She always slept in between my right side and my arm and that's where she slept that night. But she passed in the morning.
For the first week after she left us I know I saw her in the corner of my vision. There was one night I was sitting at the computer and I felt something brush against my leg but nothing was in the room. I think she was just trying to comfort me because I took it so incredibly hard. I grieved for about a year but when I got the dog I have now, Lexie, I never had another experience with Jocelyn. I hope she is resting peacefully after her traumatic experience.