Last night I got home late, went and took a nap and woke up about midnight. I'd forgotten to feed Bella so I went out to her dog pen to bring her in.
What I saw is something no one should ever have to see. My baby was paralyzed. She dragged both back legs behind her as she tried to get to me. I picked her up (all 55 lbs of her) and carried her inside. We called the e-vet and took her in. They said that we needed to drive her up to University of Georgia (where they have a veterinary school). So we headed up there.
They told us they were going to do some imaging and would let us know what is going on. We got back home around seven am. I was so upset that I was physically ill. I've been crying since I found Bella in her pen.
They did surgery for a ruptured disk in her spine and she's now in recovery. She'll stay at the hospital for five days or more depending on how well she recovers.
I'm so upset. I'm not ashamed to say I love Bella more than all my fish combined. She truly is my baby. I couldn't love her more than if I'd given birth to her myself. She has a good chance of full recovery, now only time will tell.
I'm going to be moving home this summer. I was supposed to go help my sister out for two weeks but there is no way I'm leaving Bella. I still have fish in Savannah so I'm going to have to drive down there and get my stuff at some point next week.
I'm so emotionally, mentally, and physically drained. I'm in a nightmare. I'm so glad my cat, Malo is here. He hasn't left my side since I got home. I feel better having him to hold and cry on.