My Dog Saved My Life

Wyatt is a medium sized dog.  He is a black and white mixed breed.  I adopted him from a shelter when he was a puppy.  Groomers and vets have told me they suspect he is part schnauzer and part terrier.  He loves to eat any kind of food that comes from a noisy bag.  You can even put regular dog food in a rattly bag and he thinks it is a treat.  He is housebroken.  He can sit, lay down, and roll over.  About four years ago, when Wyatt was just 3 years old, I was at a the lowest point I had ever been in my life.  After much anguish and heartache, I had decided to take my own life.
My morning started out just like all my other mornings had been starting out.  Bleak.  I took Wyatt to the vet to get him squared away with vaccinations and stuff so that no one would have to worry about that and so that he would be ok without me for a while.  I came home and played with him a little, we took a nap, and when we woke up, I began to write goodbye letters to family and friends.  I was also to go eat with a friend that evening.  I planned to go eat, and then come home and overdose on all the medication that I had accumulated.  But Wyatt had other plans for me.  As I was finishing up the last letter, one to my parents, Wyatt began to breathe funny.  He jumped up from his bed and started walking around, looking for his water bowl, and struggling to breathe.  I went and sat down on the floor next to him and noticed that his head had begun to swell.  It was more than 3 times its normal size.  I called the vet who was open late only one night during the week.  Luckily for me it was that night.  He told me that Wyatt was probably having an allergic reaction to a part of his vaccine and that I should bring him in right away.  A friend rushed us to the vet as large red welts began to develop on Wyatt's tummy.  We got there just in time.  They had to shave Wyatt's legs and start an IV.  It had been an allergic reaction to part of his vaccine.  I loved Wyatt so much and he was the only thing I felt I had at that time and so I was so grateful that they had saved his life.  The vet told me Wyatt was lucky to have such a concerned mom. That made me realize that even though I was at the end of my rope, I still had Wyatt, and he still needed me.  I struggled with depression for a few more months before my life began to turn around.  But I owe my life to Wyatt and I have spent every day since that night trying to show him how special he is to me.
TexasGirlieGirl TexasGirlieGirl
26-30, F
98 Responses Feb 23, 2007

I have recently experienced something similar. I was sexually assualted repeatedly at a job. I had to quit it and have sufffered emotionally, mentally and financially. I was the one who had to go get retraining. Yes, enter school again. More debt. to top it all i had no medical insurance, no income and suffered deep depression. I chose alcohol for my escape. I had many thoughts of suicide. Though never thought I would ever do it. How could I do that to my family? I became so numb that there were times I felt like something was taking over my body and mind. I used to own dogs but had to put them down due to age and health complications. I thought I would never be able to own another. One day I looked at rescue dogs. There was one that struck me deeply. I applied for adoption. after I had hopes up they were crushed. The foster home would not give him up. I did not want any other dog. I wanted him. there was something about him that I felt a close bond. That was in september 09. I avoided looking on web sites for any other until one day I was drawn to look. See if he was still on that site. There he was. My lil sterling. He was still available. I immediately filled out the adoption application, for the second time. Then called the agency. They were supprised that I was still interested. We arranged a meet and greet a few weeks later. Life was really getting tough. very tough. When I met the dog i was shocked and scared. I felt peace. I felt hope. I took him home. He gave me life. he goes every where with me. we walk every day by a large lake, in nature, anywhere we want. Since I have adopted him, I finally got approved for medical, now able to get therapy, school is going better than ever and I have a job lined up upon graduation. I still struggle emotionally. I still fight the emotional battle. But since Sterling came into my life I actually feel I have life. life is worth living. Thank you Sterling you are an angel.

You were going to kill your self and leave Wyatt in the house without food and water or outside with out a home? and you loved him so. His head swelled up to three times its normal size, you say?

Too bad

Texas girl, I am glad u are alright now, wyatt is such a wonderful companion.<br />
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Dog is truly a man's greatest friend. Like you, my dog helped me go through my lowest point in my life and it is really an amazing experience that only a dog owner can understand.

Beautiful story and Thank God for Wyatt because he helped you not do something harmful to yourself. I know he would have been very sad without you!!!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALLWAYS and I know deppression is difficult to deal with because I have it too. But it will get better, we just have try our best to be strong and thankfully I have a doggy too, he has helped me through some rough times.<br />

oh very good dog...

you are very blessed to have him...... dogs are wonderful

You Rock! I'm glad you are a caring dog-mom! Please stick around ok? Wyatt, and we need you. Write me if you want... I experienced something very similar to you!

Great story! You great guys both deserve each other.

Everything happens for a reason : )

my dog always comes to me if I am upset or crying, to tell me everythings ok, dogs are brillant :)

Kudos to Wyatt! I LOVE him! lol <br />
Animals do know, they are in tune with us big time I think...there's a reason they're (wo)man's best friend!

That is an inspiring story, so glad you were there for Wyatt, and he was there for you!

that is so awesome I wud love to chat w u nd swap stories bout our dogs. Mine is my best friend nd sometimes even more. let me know if u wanna b friends

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story. It really hit home with me. I've been struggling with depression and anxiety for years and found a lot of comfort with my new puppy. She really brightens my day and makes me smile. It's amazing what dogs can do for you =)

I lost my wife through a divorce. I love her very much and we were meant to be together. But I moved to following a "career" and she didn't want to leave her parents. It didn't take her long to find another boyfriend. I just wanted to find the tallest bridge. But I was left with "who will take care of Brandon". Brandon ended up taking care of me, for years. That was 20 years ago. Brandon passed away and I'm still heart broken over the divorce. But somehow I found my breath and love for a new day. If that means something, then it means that I will have one more day to shower my love and affection on Libby Foo-Foo. Dogs are our protectors, true angels who deserve all the love we can give them.

Your story brought tears to my eyes. I hope you are feeling very differently now. <br />
My dog is looking at me now with pleading eyes waiting for his walk. I could never allow him to have another home .. he is a rescue dog and this is his fourth.

That's an amazing story. All the best to you and Wyatt.

This story and all these comments make me cry, I love my little Chihuahua Moe so much. I couldn't live my life without him. He makes my world go round.

Bless you and Wyatt. Your story is truly inspirational. I am grateful that although it seems like you were extremely depressed, Wyatt's love made you see that no matter what happens life can be worth living. I can relate to your story 100%. Although I have suffered from depression for years and have gone through many trials and tribulations in the past couple years, when I look at my dog and it hits me time and time again how much he genuinely and unconditionally loves me, I remember that life is good. I know that love from an animal, a child, or a person with a disability is the purest form of love, because it is a love without judgement or pretenses, and that kind of love is always a gift. So even if I feel like I have nothing else, I remember that I have my wonderful dog's love, and I know he depends on me and would be lost without me...and it's my belief if you have that kind of connection with any entity, things can't be all that bad. From the bottom of my heart I'm thankful that you and Wyatt not only have each other, but that you saved each other's lives. =)

Dogs really are part of the family. It's great that Wyatt helped you through a tough time:)

wow that is a relly good story .im glad the vet saved the dogs life .

Honestly to say how did he save your life? I don't see anything about him saving you'd life

She realized that Wyatt needed her and she is living fir him!

this is an awesome story, thanks for sharing :)

This is an awesome story.

I hope your pain is not so bad. I know about wanting to just escape and end everything. But at the very least, you need to know that someone needs you. It's a good feeling. I wish you some love in your life.

Love takes over everything. I'm so glad you finally realised death is not the only way out.

Great for you!!! Lots of people don't realize (or care) that when you adopt a dog, you're taking on resposibility for that dogs ENTIRE well being -for it's life span. Suicide is a selfish act & a permanent solution to temporary problems. When someone commits suicide their families and friends NEVER recover, their lives are ruined from that point on. Then there is the possibility that you go to HELL, & hell is forever, so, worst case senario you suffer on Earth up to a hundred years- compared to suffering foever in hell & ruining the lives of your loved ones. MOVE, try every single thing to change your circumstances. If you can't then when times get the worst HUG that bundle of unconditional love, Feel the love only a DOG can give :)

Great recolection. Dogs are lifesavers in more ways than one Snauzers were bred to do the same as terriers. so that he has both dogtypes represented in him is not uncommon. Glad he helped to turn your life around and that because of him you worked your way out of the depression you had at the time. never forget that you are not alone. I have never suffered from any depressions or other mental inflictions but I know people who have.I have got four sighthouds that I love very much they are the closest familymembers I could ever want.To some our canines are just dogs but we know better and are rewarded for having rescued saved their lives.

My eyes teared a little at this story, I can't put a finger on it but I don't know why I have such a soft spot for the love and bond between a dog and its master. You're story is beautiful thank you.

Yours isn't the only life that our endlessly loving friends have saved, they love us every moment and let us know we're important, I have three dogs that make my life living!

It is so touching to see how the love of a dog and care offered by owner can change the world for better. Also responses from readers so heart warming.

Great story! I am so glad you had Wyatt to help you through a difficult time. I guess you can say my dogs saved my life too. Not in the same way but they have. I have suffered with depression for many years now & when it gets really bad I would stay in bed locked up in my room staring at the walls. Suicide attempt would always later happen. A year ago though I rescued two pit bulls. They gave me a reason to get out of the bed. Someone had to take them out, feed them, walk them. When I would cry they would snuggle with me like they knew I was sad, trying to cheer me up. They gave me comfort. Now when I start to fall back into that deep depression I turn to them. They always seem to make me laugh. They never judge me or have anything negative to say. They just love me for who I am :)

Me too.

You are very lucky to have a pet like that.
And he needs all the love you can give him.
And in return he will love you back.
And one more thing ROCK ON GIRL.

Yes pets are a life saver. I am glad your better now.

After I lost my mother I went thru a severe depression. I have always loved dogs and decided to rescue a dog to keep me company. I ended up rescuing a gorgeous Alaskan Malamute that was scheduled to be euthanized the next morning. It sounds like I saved him but the reality of the situation is that he has saved me many times over. He is my rock. He is what keeps me going. He gives me a reason to get up every day. A reason to smile every day. And a reason to feel happy every day. Pets are incredible. Hope you and Wyatt have many years together!

So sad

When I was growing up, throughout elementary and junior high, I never stood out in the crowd as much. I was quiet and always too nice to people. I was bullied and never really made any "true" friends. I suffered from low self esteem and depression, going through my young teen years. At times I was very suicidal as well.

Until one day I met Timmy, my shih tzu. His enthusiasm for life and meeting strangers inspired me to come out of my shell. Some people would call him ugly because of his under bite; which I find it adorable and unique. I would stand up for him unafraid and I learned that I shouldn't be afraid to stand up for myself either.

Having him in my life throughout the years boosted my confidence and gave me purpose to not give up on life. He's still with me today and I'm thankful that he has come into my life. People may say I'm a bit crazy for being so attached to him, but he's my life saver most importantly my best friend.

Thanks for sharing your story :)

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I'm 14 my dog died when I was 8 he was a milestone in my life