This Week’s Quote + An Update on Tate

Screen Shot 2015-06-14 at 12.10.15 PMThis weekend was a difficult one for our family. I was traveling on business in Washington, D.C. last week and while I was away, my husband, Fabian mentioned that our dog, Tate was not acting like himself. By Friday morning, he wasn’t able to fully control his hind legs, so Fabian took him to the vet at 8:00 am. Our vet ran a battery of tests along with an X-ray and believed Tate had sprained something and recommended crate rest along with several medications. Of course, being on the other side of the country, I was super anxious, but wasn’t able to get on an earlier flight. By the time I got home on Friday night around 10:00 pm, Tate was in his crate and in spite of his great effort, he wasn’t able to get up to greet me. His hind legs seemed to be completely paralyzed.


We hardly slept that night and decided the vet’s recommendation of crate rest just did not feel right. We went through something similar with Tate a couple of years ago, but this time was much worse. He wasn’t eating or drinking; he could not walk, and had become incontinent. We called our vet and asked for a referral to the neurologist right away and were able to get him in on Saturday morning. They ran an MRI and found Tate had a herniated disc which caused a pretty bad contusion and some hemorrhaging when it ruptured, causing severe swelling of the spinal cord. He underwent surgery that evening and is currently recovering at the hospital. Had we not trusted our instincts and taken him in when we did, he would have likely been completely paralyzed.

The good news is that his neurosurgeon is happy with the way things went with surgery and feels that he has a very good chance of a full recovery. It has been a rough few days for us because Tate is truly like our child and it is terrible seeing him in pain. We are not allowed to see him yet because a lot of dogs will have a rush of adrenaline when they see their families, become excited, and can further injure themselves. It is hard being away from him and wondering if he is lucid enough on his medications to realize that his mom and dad are not by his side. I worry that he’ll feel scared or abandoned. I look around our home and see his things or his favorite places to nap and miss him like crazy. The tears start to fill my eyes and then I remember that we got him the help he needed in time and that God willing, he will have a smooth and full recovery. Thank you to everyone who has sent their well wishes, prayers, and good thoughts for Tate. It means the world to us!

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  1. Continuing to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We know how awful this is – for you both and for Tate. So happy that there was treatment for his condition. xoxo

  2. Prayers for your sweet Tate – he’s blessed to have a family that loves him so much. Please keep us updated.

  3. Paloma, I am so happy to hear that Tate is on the road to recovery! I just recently lost my Hudson and always followed my gut when it came to his health and was able to extend his life after being diagnosed with heart disease. Hudson and I shared 111/2 years so I know you pain. I miss him and am so thankful his happy spirit continues to fill my heart with love and joy.
    I know Tate feels your love and will be back in action very soon and truly grateful to be home!


  4. I completely know what you are going through. My puppy, Clock, just had the same issue. In her case, crate rest did work. We have an excellent vet who is a surgeon, and she told me surgery was not necessary at that time. I bought her a product my daughter told me about called “Wiggleless.” She wears it every day, looking like a service dog, and takes it off at night when we now kennel her to sleep, so she won;t jump off the bed in the middle of the night. I am also working with her with treats if she uses the stairs to get up and down off the bed. I wish you the best with you little love.

  5. I’m so glad you trusted your instincts. Tate is a lucky pup to have you just as you are fortunate to have him. Here’s hoping he’s fully back to normal as quickly and smoothly as possible.

  6. Heart lifting to hear he’s on his way to recovery, have had pet pass on me way too early from parvo- related disease and 2 yrs ago midnight our black lab needed surgery—it was a rough couple of days first making sure surgery went well then anxiously waiting for her to come home! God Bless – hope all goes well.

  7. Oh Paloma,
    I was brought to tears first by you quote – it’s perfect and beautiful in so many ways – and then again by your story. Our little Frenchie has 3 bulging discs that render him slightly paralyzed, and we simply have nothing to do for him unless one herniates. I feel your love for your dog through your words. Your enlightened outlook will get you all through this!
    You can add my prayers for your little guy to the multitude of others you surely already have!
    Xo, Kristin

  8. Oh Mrs. Contreras I’m so sorry to hear this! You two are truly his guardian angels and I’m so glad that you were able to discover the real reason behind his pain and behavior. Our family dog (a corgi mix) went through something similar last summer and timing really is everything.

    From your heartfelt words I know that Tate can feel the love you have for him. Even when you are not there. He’s strong just like his parents 🙂 Just remind him that things will be okay, I’m sure he wouldn’t want his parents to be sad. You guys have so much unconditional love for each other that I’m sure this love will carry you all through this tough time. Don’t lose faith! My thoughts are with you all.


  9. I pray Tate has a speedy recovery! I’ve never been a dog owner but when we moved from Houston to Atlanta almost 2 years ago my daughter was so sad and said it would make it better if she got a dog. Picture me with sad face…didn’t want to take care of one. Well ever since we got our adorable cavapoo I never thought I could love a pet so much! I feel for you and so glad you were able to get the help she needed.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear the things you and Tate have been through! I’m praying for you and your all family. I hope Tate will have really speed recovery and all family get well then. I have a cat, she’s my babygirl and I can’t imagine a situation like you live. I can feel your fear and pain. I hope everything will be alright as soon as possible. With all my best

  11. Poor baby Tate! I am so glad you were able to find the cause of the issue and take a swift course of action. Prayers for a full recovery, and lots of snuggles, ASAP!!

  12. Paloma,

    Reading about Tate made me very emotional. My fiance and I have a cat, Taylor, and he is also like our son, so I can completely relate. I am so happy to hear that Tate is doing better and wish him a speedy and full recovery. I will keep him in my prayers.


  13. I’m so sorry that you & your fur baby are going through this. What a terrible feeling. Prayers for a speedy recovery & that you will be reunited with Tate very soon. Our pups are like our children as well. I can only imagine what you have been going through being so far away from home 🙁 Best wishes. Xoxo.

  14. Ahhhhhhhh! I am so sorry you guys are going through this. I know you both love Tate so much. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.



  15. I am so thankful to hear they were able to help
    Tate. In Nov. the same thing happened to my
    6 year old golden…we immediately took him
    to Animal Medical Center in Manhattan…they
    did the MRI and found a mass…we could not
    even wake him up they put him to sleep right
    then…needless to say we were in shock and
    grief…so that is why Tate being able to be help
    was sure a joy to me..
    How he gets strong and well soon
    Katherine Schantz

  16. i am so sorry to hear about your little baby… thank goodness you followed your instincts and got a second opinion. he is such a cutie. i hope he makes a full recovery.

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Fabian for a speedy recovery for your adorable Tate. He is such a precious baby and, yes, they are like our children. Thank goodness you followed your instincts!

  18. Thank you all so much for your kind words, well wishes, and prayers for Tate. He is still in the hospital and is recovering slowly, but well. They won’t let him come home until he can control his bladder on his own again (the nerves were affected by his injury) and he should hopefully continue to improve over the next couple of weeks. The doctor says he is getting a little stronger each day and seems to be in good spirits. We can’t wait to see our sweet boy and miss him so very much. I just want to hug and kiss him and let him know that we will do everything we can to help him get better.

  19. I firmly believe no one knows beloved pets better than their owners. So happy you went with your gut instinct and that sweet Tate is on the road to recovery. I send prayers and well wishes to you all.

  20. Paloma,
    I am so sorry to hear about sweet Tate and pray that he has a swift recovery. What great motherly instincts you had! Prayers for you, Fabian and of course precious Tate!!