文圖/ Story & Picture ─ Rita Chen
Little Y has always been a good eater so when she lost appetite, we became very concerned. We took her to various famous vets around Taipei and conclusion was: Little Y was not going to make it past Chinese New Year so we should just let her eat whatever her heart desired.
But Little Y was so happy and lively whenever we took her on her daily walks, as if she was pleading with us to give her more time so she can enjoy share more happy moments with us.
With little hope, we took her to see Dr. Su, a hematologist at the National Taiwan veterinary hospital, who said Little Y could live longer but she will need a large quantity of blood transfusion. Just in the initial stage alone, Little Y would need 30 bags of blood.
We were thrilled to know that there is a glimpse of hope for Little Y but at the same, we had no idea where to get 30 bags of blood. With the Chinese New Year holiday approaching, we had to come up with at least 10 bags of blood before the long break. Since giving up was not an option, we contacted a few animal welfare groups and asked for help on Facebook.
Several friends helped to repost our message and one of the friends connected us to the Pet Blood Bank. After only one day, we received numerous phone calls from pet owners who volunteered their dogs to donate blood to Little Y. It was a sheer blessing because we no longer had to worry about where to find the blood and can concentrate on taking care of Little Y.
Luckily, there were over 10,000 registered members in the Pet Blood Bank and we were able to gather enough bags of blood for Little Y. Through blood transfusion, Little Y was able to beat the odds and survived past the holidays. Moreover, she regained her energy and even her ascites went away. Before Little Y fell ill, we always assumed she would live a long healthy life. But when we realized that it was a false hope, we grabbed every chance we could to take her on trips and outings. We wanted her to see more of the world when she still could.
By April of 2013, Little Y’s condition worsened and her need for blood transfusion became more urgent and frequent. Finally, we decided it was time to let Little Y go before her pain got even more unbearable.
We are so grateful for all those people who allowed their pets to donate blood to Little Y. Because of their generous donations, we had more time to tell Little Y how much we love her. Thanks to the donors, Little Y spent the last few months of her life in joy and happiness and we were able to say goodbye to Little Y without regrets.