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

Great story! You great guys both deserve each other.

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!

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

oh very good dog...

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 />

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.

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

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.

That's an amazing story! I do believe that animals send out good, positive vibes and that whenever we are around them the world, our world becomes a better place.

such sweet moving story, i do hope you (texas girl) are feeling better now. We all have our ups and downs in life, and yes, sometimes it seems life is just too much but you have to be strong and hanging there, and your dog is definitely one of the reasons you need to keep hanging there. he needs you and you need him.

Thank you so much for sharing this story. Pets are such a joy and they will always listen and never criticize. I have three wonderful birds and soon to be 8 Polish chicken! :)<br />
Thanks again for sharing this story, what an amazing heart felt story.

You are really gratful that you still have your dog, most people have lost so much that it had been rediculous . And whyyat and you are very special . Good luck to the futuer Whyatt!!!!!

You are really gratful that you still have your dog, most people have lost so much that it had been rediculous . And whyyat and you are very special . Good luck to the futuer Whyatt!!!!!

I so understand what you wrote. My dog has saved my life so many times and I've saved her life once or twice but what she has given me is 1000 times more than what I feel I give her. <br />
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When I had cancer my dog lay next to me for almost a year. She was always snuggling and by my side. Recently I had a spinal fusion and she is now here by my side again. People are often surprised when I say that there have been times that the only thing that keeps me going is this dog.<br />
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I hope you are feeling better and know you are not alone.

Iost my dog of 15 years stood by me threw depression and one event after another her name was honey she was half mastiff and pit When she died i fell into three year deep depression even thinking about her I well up and start crying Then just this week a go a very special rare lowchen the little lion dog name Teddy came in to my life He lifted my spirts and the depression He only 11 weeks old and being service companion puppy already and cant start till he is year old .

yea,that seems a great dog.<br />
But what I want to say is,value your life,friend.Because we still have more friends like your Wyatt,love and care about you so much.

i loved loved your story- wyatt is my hero and so are you- how are you now??

Such a sad beautiful story I would think that a person like your self would have found some friends by now you obviously are a really caring person I have just looked at the virtual pets site maybe later I will get a virtual pet <br />
Please feel that you can message me I love nature and our enviroment I always love a good natter and would love to increase my friends <br />
Cheers from Jill

Dang this is awesome, im glad your life turned around.

yeah,there was a point when i was wondering if stabbing myself in the would hurt much but i feal better now.

I dont annually vaccinate my dog as too many can leed to reactions like Wyatt, but im glad you had him boostered that day as you obviously needed a reminder that he would need you. <br />
I once contemplated starting a fire in my bedroom by dropping a lit cigarette on to my bed. as soon as the thought had entered my head me beloved Drift got up from a very deep sleep & jumped onto my bed right on the side where I was holding my cigarette. To this day I know she read my mind & without judgement wanted me to know that she was there for me. <br />
Even now that she's no longer with me I know I won't do anything to deliberatly harm myself.

You are a brave girl to look back and write this down. You together with Wyatt will be doing better every day! Kudos!

Wyatt is lucky to have a brave mom like you!

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that made me cry!! lol. It made me think of how many times my dog was there when I was sad. Wonderful story thank you for sharing.

Thats an awsome story! I finally got a dog of my own and everyone makes fun of me because I am so in love with her but she is my reason for getting up and around every day.. yea im annoyed when she pushes me to the side of the bed because she is trying to be close to me.. or when she wakes me up at 7 am cuz she isint tired anymore.. but I cant be mad at her for long because she is just so darn loving! makes my day when she comes to sit next to me.

How are you and Whatt?

How awesome. I have the same problem...I have been pretty much battling depression for a really long time. I ALWAYS wanted a dog but was never allowed to have one growing up. Well,at 30 I was in the worst relationship of my life, and at one of my lowest points..I actually did overdose on pills about 2 weeks before I got my yellow lab puppy. My boyfriend at the time felt that it would make me feel less alone. My dog has been the best thing I could ask for. He is now 7 months and I couldn't imagine not having him in my life. Thank you so much for your story, we have both been through it...I just gave my dog a big hug right now and let him come up on the bed haha...I just discovered this website but love it already thanks to your story. hope to kit

If you worry that you have not made a difference, you have,<br />
for only those who do not worry about it have not.<br />
If you feel overwhelmed, if the weight of problems is too heavy to bear,<br />
remember it is a shared burden<br />
and the strength of numbers can accomplish much.<br />
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If you consider that we cannot save them all,<br />
and what difference does one make? <br />
you ought to know the joy of the one who is saved.<br />
Mourn those we cannot save, it is a eulogy to their being.<br />
Do not let their loss be in vain.<br />
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If anger wells up within you, because people are the problem,<br />
remember your humanity and that people are also the solution.<br />
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See beyond the unlovable, the unattractive,<br />
the impure and the wounded - <br />
see that their spirit is as deserving as the rest.<br />
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Listen to your heart. Sometimes we have to do that which <br />
we are most afraid of. <br />
Be true to yourself and your beliefs. <br />
Family may abandon you, <br />
friends may disappoint you, strangers will ridicule you. <br />
People shun what they do not understand.<br />
Help them to understand - kindly, softly, gently.<br />
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Your rewards will not be material, but they will be meaningful, <br />
and the courage of your convictions can survive anything.<br />
We are small boats cast adrift on a cruel sea,<br />
but someday the tide will turn toward a safe harbour. <br />
No matter how dark the storm clouds,<br />
or deep the pain of heartbreak - never forget: <br />
We are their heroes.

hi this story is such an inspiration, i too have a dog named tj and he means the world to me, i tell him everything about me that i wouldnt tell anyone else, hope yous have a lovely enjoyable life together xx

Wow... thank you for sharing this with us. I'm so glad that wyatt was there for you that night and that you are there for him now.

not only is your storey awesome and inspireing, you have created a menagerie of overwhelming heart felt sentament, thank you all for shareing your stories, you have all touched me very deeply,,,,

That was incredible story! Thanks to Wyatt and You. And don't try to do that again will you?

Yes, I think we underestimate animals and what they know that we don't know.

WOW what an amazing story.I TOO have Depression,and a LOT of health issues.I lost my husband 3 months ago,and its been hard on me,and our dog.She's one of the few reasons I havent killed myself.I wanted and still want to,but our dog was a shelter dog,who was abused,and neglected.She needs me,and I need her. I want to die,but I cant leave or give up on her.I miss my husband,he was my LIFE,but I need our dog,shes saving mine.

that's fantastic. My dog has gotten me through some very tough times. Just having her there helps. Glad that you're doing better now!

Dogs are 100000000000 times better than people.

aww that is sweet.

This brought on the tears for me. What a beautiful story. It's amazing how things work this way. I hope you and Wyatt are happy, healthy and terrific~

Your story made me cry too. I know how dark life can get, sometimes it just seems there's no way out of it. Sometimes I've been so depressed, and if it weren't for my big smiling dog, I don't know if I'd be here either. He always knows when I'm down and puts his head in my lap to cheer me up. I look at my dog and cat and know they need me. I'm so glad your little dog saved you. He's given you the chance to find happiness in your life again. Know that you are never alone, even if it feels that way sometimes. You can always find us here, sometimes life just stinks, but we understand. Keep writing about it, take one day at a time, and keep living!!!!

What a wonderful store. i am sorry that Wyatt became sick but i am glad he saved your life. I have had 4 yorkshire terriers in the past 28 years and they ll have been very special. i have had medical problems for the past 4 years. [I am well now] i spent a lot of time in bed and they were all right there to comfort me and take care of me and make me laugh. I am down to one dog now but hopefully soon we will have 2 new baby girls in our family. Yorkies of course.

Wow!You seem pretty lucky to have Wyatt!I wish I had a dog.Mine died.

Also remember that even if you feel that bad again - down the road - and Wyatt is not there, there are many other wonderful little beings that are waiting at humane and animal welfare societies for someone like you. They need you as much as you needed Wyatt, and like you will eventually need them. We are all here, muddling through together - even if we are not the same species.

That is so amazing! It brought tears to my eyes because I have a dog that saved my life too. It is nothing but amazing how dogs can have such an impact on a persons life. <br />
I hope that everything is well!!!!

What a beautiful story you have!!!!!!!!!!

I very pleased and i realy like this story

Wow!!! Its realy a good story.

Thats a pretty sad but nice story. Well what I mean is just it's sad with the depression but your dog saving your life. Depression is like a whirl pool that sucks you in. But to pull yourself out you have to find something to pull yourself out with and lucky for you, you did. A lot of people kill themselves because they can't get out of.<br />
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Still sometimes I think things just might happen for a reason because some things seem beyond luck like this.

Omg...whatta story. <br />
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I've often felt really sad and noticed that my two dogs make their way to sit with me and cuddle with me more. <br />
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I've cried sometimes and my smaller female dog has actually wimpered next to me while I have cried. When I stopped crying, she would stop wimpering. <br />
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I think they know when we are sad and they do their best to fix it and make us feel better. <br />
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Glad youre doing better. =)

My dog is my best friend, too, I do think those vaccines can be dangerous to dogs and people....I don't get a flu shot anymore, because I heard that if you get 5 flu shot in a row, you will develop Alzheimers....and all the kids that are getting Autism from their shots. When I was a kid, I don't think Autism existed, but neither did all these shots they give kids now. All we had was the Polio Vacine. Glad you are doing better...please try taking vitamin B works wonders for depression!

I belive God sent your dog to stop you from doing the worst! Also..realise how much you love your dog and how you were devestated when he was having allergic reaction!? Just emagine how people who love you and care for you would feel!? That's just heart breaking and thank God you are alive and well..Please take care of yourself and let people know what they mean to you, and they too will tell you (i hope they will) how they feel about you too..but many times it shows in action, rather then word. I don't even know you..but it just hurt me when I read to the point where you said you decided to take your own life! There are many people who love you..and I know from my own experiance..I probably don't let people know how much they mean to me and that I love them. Make a point to let someone know you love and appreciate heart at the time :) God Bless you and take good care.

Beautiful story.

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MrBrYcE! You seem to be a cold hearted person! Why would you say such things to someone who was struggling to stay alive.... Pets do deserve importance and in some cases more than humans....because they give unconditional love. I'm thinking you could learn a lot from them.

doesnt it sound like you were waiting for an opportunity to keep living ? Providence made you realize something was wrong with your dog and you took this chance to get active and find purpose.<br />
Thats what i feel reading your post.<br />
I just want to say dont give pets more importance that they deserve. They bear more than they can express to you, and they express less than what you believe they do.<br />
Impersonating pets and showering them with unidirectionnal feelings is wrong.<br />
I dont value life that much thats why i m saying this openly to you. Better to be aware or dead than kept awake by illusions.

touching story, glad Wyatt was there for you, and you really area stronger person than you might have thought you are. glad too to see that you got over your depression, i have been there too till i had to be medicated, but that was then. all the best to you and Wyatt!!

Your story is so moving; it brings me to tears. My husband and I have three dogs, Piper and Leo, our two cocker spaniels, and Sebastian, a teacup chihuahua. We have been married three years and are unable to have children. As this has always been my greatest dream, I feel like I have an enormous weight on my shoulders. One day recently, I started crying and couldn't stop. As I left from work and came home and then looked at my dogs when I came in, I realized how glad they were just to see me. I sat in the middle of the kitchen sobbing and they crowded all around me, as if trying to absorb my sadness, and I swear I could just feel their love for me. Dogs can make such a difference, and if we're never able to have kids, I know that our dogs will always be my babies.

That is a very powerful story. Have you ever shared it with any groups...besides us I mean.

This is the most moving reality situtation I have read in a long time. I do think that both of you are very lucky to have each other. I think that our pets have a way of sensing when we need them. I speak from experience as my Mia has been there for me when I have been at the lowest times in my life. Just looking at her sweet face helps me to get up and keep going. God bless and thanks for sharing.

I am married and have a 5 1/2 yr old daughter. BUT, sometimes there is nothing they can do to make me feel better sometimes when I am down or frustrated. I love knowing that my dog CAN take me out of a bad rut or make me feel better after a long frustrating day. The saying is SOOOO TRUE, 'A dog is a mans best friend!' Enough said....

Dogs, cats or any kind of pet are so much more than animals... they're like kids they need care and they give it too,,, my dog, Shasa, she was almost 4 years when she died we never know what happened to her; one day she began to felt a terrible pain in her spine and stopped walking the same day, then she lost mobility down her waste, she couldn't control fluids, she cried so bad about the pain all day long and couldn't take be touched because it was just too painful and so she stopped eating. 4 days later she died. My mom had a friend of us to stay at home because she's a nurse and she had a night shift to cover, Shasa died that night, she knew my mom wouldn't take watching her die. As my sister and I moved out from my mom's place for going to college and she's a single mom so Shasa was all she had. We're still brokenhearted about it. But we think of her as the little spoiled girl she was and we'll keep her in our hearts forever.

I'd be dead if it weren't for dogs! My aunt has 4 dogs who love me and would be really sad if I took my own life. I consider taking my own life all the time. I hate my life. But I'm surrounded by dogs who LOVE me. I'm not a people person at all! It's the dogs who keep me alive. My other aunt has four dogs who also love me, and my cousins have dogs who are always happy to see me. And then there's a dog I walk every day! I get up and go walk her even if I don't feel good or anything. She makes my day better. She makes me feel good. She's a great dog to be around! There are so many dogs in my life. I'm glad you found a dog who needs you!

I so understand what you little dog did for you. I also had a terrible time with depression, but the one thing that got me through it was finding Teddy, a siberian husky that was abandoned and wandering the street just outside my home. He is the reason I get up every morning, even when I don't feel well. Although I too keep battling depression and have also thought and even planned on suicide, I know he needs me and knowing he was once abandoned, I don't think I could do that to him again.

sad but wonderful story, I am glad Wyatt kept you around. Many people think pets are a drain or parasitic relationship with people, I think it is very much a two way street Dogs are amazing. One of my dogs always knows when I am down or upset and puts her head in my lap and then won't leave me alone until I take her outside to play fetch. And how can anyone be sad when your playing fetch with a dog. So she lifts my mood all the time and I am very grateful to have her in my life.

Great story. well done. Hope you and Wyatt are doing well.

God gave you Wyatt, always know that your not alone. hope your doing well

I cried reading this.<br />
It's so wonderful!

That is a really cool story about Wyatt saving your life. I don't believe the reaction was from the medicines, but I think he knew what was on your mind that that was his way of showing it. Dogs are smart. Anyway, glad you stuck around on the planet to share this.

Wow that is a really good story. I hope that you are doing better now.