When I was a kid, my dad had an African Grey Parrot. He loved that bird! He had it out of the cage daily, giving it kisses, and talking to it. When the bird got sick, my dad spent hundreds of dollars to try and save it. As a teenager I didn’t get it. I get it now.
It’s been almost a year since I lost my dog Gypsy. I really thought she’d make it to her 16th birthday. Sadly, she died about a month before it. Gypsy had been sick for a few years with kidney failure. I cooked for her the last three years of her life which the vet believes helped her live as long as she did.
When it was time for Gypsy to leave me, I was inconsolable. She had been my best friend for almost 16 years. IF I could have spent money to save her, I would have. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for her, so I had to let her go. I now understand how my dad felt about his bird. And I understand this guy’s actions.
Jason Garrett has a 12 year-old miniature Schnauzer named Lola. Lola has mitral valve disease, which affects her lungs and heart. The condition affects millions and is the most common heart issue for dogs. There is a surgery that can help Lola, but it is around $45,000.
Garrett, who has suffered from depression and bipolar disorder all of his life, decided to cash out his 401K and his savings to help his dog Lola. He says Lola is the reason that he’s been able to survive. Garrett says Lola has saved his life numerous times and that he will do anything he can to save hers.
I so get it! I have NO doubt that without Gypsy, I would have snapped after leaving my last husband. He was a cheater, he left me beyond broke, and he was a bully. Gypsy and my other dog Maxwell saved me from losing it.
Garrett has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to help his dog Lola. If you’d like to donate money, or if you’d just like to read more about Lola, you can do that here.
Even though Lola is 12 years-old, I understand Garrett’s desire to keep her around as long as possible. I wish I could have kept Gypsy around longer. I miss her every day.