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[Digest] She was protecting me

发布时间: 2017年03月12日 浏览次数: 编辑: 李秋雨

编者按:在电影《一条狗的使命》中,贝利用它的四度“犬生”向观众诠释着令人动容的爱与陪伴。下面节选了另外一段关于狗与奉献的故事,希望它可以为你带来相似的感动。

I had a black Labrador named Sophie who, at 11, got an aggressive nasal cancer. Nothing could be done without severe consequences, so my family decided to give her the best last months ever. If Sophie wanted attention, we gave it to her right away. When her smell started to go, we gave her strong foods to help her appetite. Sophie also had an anxiety disorder, and after the tumor started getting bigger, she was too anxious to sleep alone. So, we took turns sleeping on the couch with her every night.

I got back from college, and after an adjustment period, I was put into the shift rotation. I didn’t mind too much since the couch was ok, and it was for my childhood dog.

However, I never got any sleep.

Sophie would consistently wake me up. Every night, she’d nudge me and scratch my head, disturbing my sleep. I was a little cranky, but put up with it, even though I was exhausted by morning. Wed snuggle, before Id go back to sleep, with her waking me up sometime later, to repeat the entire cycle.

I asked my family if Sophie did this to them. Nope. Sometimes she would ask to go outside, once in a blue moon and be quick about it, but no one in my family dealt with Sophie waking them up at random. It was just me. Sophie and I did had a particularly close bond, so maybe she just depended on me more.

Over time, I couldn’t even nap. If I napped on the couch, Sophie would wake me up like she would at night. I tried sleeping in my room. Sophie would scratch the door if it was closed. If it wasn’t, shed wake me up during my naps, anyway. It was as if this dog didnt want me to get any sleep. I was annoyed and tired, but I still love her. She was my fur baby.

Sophie passed away last summer.

In the fall, I returned to school and got a new roommate. It was a week or so after, when she said she noticed that, when I was asleep, I’d randomly stop breathing for a moment. Sometimes Id be asleep and sound like I was suffocating. I suddenly remembered Sophie. I had this feeling like she had a connection to this somehow.

I went to the doctor. It turns out that I had a sleep disorder and my brain would forget to breathe sometimes. If it had continued on any longer, I could have been depriving my brain of oxygen and causing some serious damage over time.

Sophie had known about this.

She wasn’t waking me up because she was anxious or wanting attention. She woke me up because she knew I wasnt breathing. My dog was terminally ill and no doubt in pain, yet she passed on sleep to protect me every night I was on the couch, and checked on me during the day when I napped. Sophie really did love me.

I still miss Sophie, who tried to help me in her final days.

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