Wednesday, August 17, 2011

worth every penny

What do used cars & dog surgery have in common?

Cost.  No, really.

We could buy a used car for the cost of Samson's recent Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery.  Lovely.

Lovely just like Samson!

He's totally worth it, don't get me wrong.  It's just a punch in the gut when you have to spend that kind of money on anything.

We only spent $80 when we adopted him from the Kitsap Humane Society.

Samson has really good timing, though.  Chris finally signed his contract with the Navy & had just received his bonus when Samson blew out his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee.  We were able to pay for his surgery without having to use credit cards, which is a blessing (since we haven't used credit cards in years!).

The good part of this is that the surgery has an excellent success rate.  Also, this particular surgeon does these surgeries all the time, so he definitely knows what he's doing.

This was his freehand drawing of what the surgery would entail:

The bad much worse than the the SIX WEEKS OF RESTRICTED ACTIVITY!

Um, Samson is a crazy big dog.  He could probably tow a truck if he wanted to.

He can definitely tow me.

So, for now, Samson is confined in the house to prevent him from moving too much.

As you can see, he is heavily sedated really happy about this arrangement.

Dearest Lord,
Please give us the strength & ample amounts of medication to keep this beast of a dog relaxed and calm so that he does not ruin the very expensive surgical procedure he was blessed to receive.
In the name of all that is Holy, Amen.

So, have you ever had a pet threaten to put you in the poor house?  Did it make you want to vomit when you paid the bill?

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