I’m still speechless that there are people who donate to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to help people like me. I feel like they understood my utter despair at not being able to give her a chance. Thank you for rescuing me from my desperation and giving my Millie back to me.
“Millie is my life.” I’ve never made a truer statement.
I got my sweet girl right before my senior year of high school. I’d just gotten my license so I took a cruise up to Jack’s Aquarium just for fun. Millie had been there for a while so she was on “deep discount”. From the day I got her we were inseparable! In fact, I moved back home after my first year of college because I couldn’t stand to be without her.
Millie kept me happy. She was my protector and she showed me how to face new things and to be strong.
That’s still the case 12 years later. Now I work as an intervention specialist with preschool age special needs kids. And I face some health challenges with type 1 diabetes. Millie is still there—making me laugh after a rough day at school or staying right with me at 1am when my alarm goes off alerting me my blood sugar is low.
How could I not feel uplifted by this girl? She greets me every day at the door. She breaks open her peanut butter pretzels so she can eat the peanut butter first. When that long tongue of hers hangs out she just LOOKS happy!
So, when I found a lump under her tongue, I was worried. The news following surgery and biopsy was what you never want to hear—oral melanoma. The good news though was that it hadn’t spread. Time was of the essence. I immediately took out a line of credit so she could be treated by an oncologist. But all that Millie needed was going to be too expensive.
I couldn’t afford on a teacher’s salary, and with my own medical bills, to pay for Millie’s diagnostics and treatment. I just sat in the car bawling. How could I put down this happy-go-lucky dog? She has given her everything for me. I couldn’t let her down. I’m still speechless that there are people who donate to Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund to help people like me. I feel like they understood my utter despair at not being able to give her a chance. Thank you for rescuing me from my desperation and giving my Millie back to me.