Copper is a 5 year old male beagle. He was born at the end of November in 2006. At 8 weeks old I brought Copper home to live with myself and Daisy, an 8 month old beagle at the time. He was nothing short of active. Through the years, Copper and Daisy have spent every waking moment together. Where one was, the other wasn't far behind.
On November 19, 2010 a disc in Copper's lower spine ruptured. He suffered immense pain and lost all control of his back end and waste functions. In order to save the little guy's life, we proceeded with spinal surgery. Since that day Copper has not had use of his hind legs. As time has gone on, atrophy has taken over making any chance of him walking again much slimmer.
There has been a lot of heartache in this experience. Financially, it has been a nightmare. It can also be physically trying due to the fact that I have to carry him around quite often. Daisy has had a difficult time adjusting to not having Copper by her side the way she use to. I, myself have gone through every stage of grieving. I am haunted by the fact that my once athletic and energetic dog isn't even able to go to the bathroom on his own anymore. I long for him just to be able to wag his tail again. But, when I see Copper's sweet face I am reminded of the amount of joy he brings me every day that he is alive.
I have created this cause in order to raise money to purchase Copper a new, more sturdy cart and aid in tackling some of his medical expenses. Caring for my handsome beagle has turned into a full time job. I work enough hours to barely get by while still trying to be attentive to Copper's needs. Some days are easier than others and I have come to grips with the fact that it's okay to ask for help. Part of this process is realizing that we all have hope in our hearts and that we are not alone. Life can be bittersweet. But it's still sweet.