As you probably know, one of the most important things in my life – if not THE most important – is my dog, Kona. Since I work from home we spend pretty much 24/7 together and to say we have minor attachment issues might be an understatement…we really don’t do well when we’re not together. For the most part she’s super lazy – most days are spend in the sun, full of naps, and long walks whenever we can fit them in.

So you can imagine how freaked out I was last week when there was something clearly wrong with her. Usually she jumps up on the couch or the bed without my help and with no apprehension, but instead she was just looking at the jump and shaking. Red flag number one. Unsure of what was going on, I tried to pick her up to put her on the higher surface and she let out a loud yelp sound and acted like I had hurt her. Red flag number two and activate panic mode.

Now before I tell you what ultimately ended up happening, I want to tell you where I was mentally – FREAKING OUT. I cried on the phone to the vet and I cried to Kona as if that might solve things. It didn’t. I’m not a parent so I don’t have a great understanding of the whole “when they hurt, you hurt too” concept but I would have done anything not to have her hurting. I didn’t know how to help and despite no knowing what had happened or what exactly was going on with her, I somehow felt like I had let her down.

Thankfully there’s a fantastic pet urgent care center right near where I live so we hopped in the car and drove over there to get Kona checked out. After some exams, the vet determined that she had probably pinched something in her back and would simply need to take some medicines and take it easy for a while – nothing to panic about, just something that happens.

All of this to say that I needed a reminder like this – that there will be setbacks and unexpected bumps in the road, but that pretty much everything is manageable. Sometimes you need someone to grab your hand and tell you that you can handle this, that it’s not as daunting as it might seem. Between my own physical struggles and now my dog’s its nice to know that we’re often stronger than we give ourself credit for. 

And, at the end of the day, even if all else fails, naps are nice. Kona agrees.