The thing about Ramsey is that, he really is irresistible. Every single person we met in the hallways took one look at him, broke into a huge smile and just had to get their hands on him no matter what they were doing or where they were going. He even sidetracked a whole group of about twenty people taking a tour. Cornell's large animal hospital is an impressive place, but it can't hold a candle to a certain little brown donkey. Ramsey simply accepts it as a given that everyone loves him and, even if it's against their better judgement, everyone winds up doing just that.
We're still on track for bringing him home on Monday. Dr. Walker is going to walk me through his last bandage change and I am going to meet with the farrier there to discuss his foot trimming. I keep thinking I must have messed this up along the way somehow for this to have happened. The vets have all been adamant though that I haven't and rationally, I know they are right. Looking back, the only thing I might have done differently was to get him to Cornell sooner. However, it would not have changed the outcome. Somehow, bacteria got into his foot and attacked the bone. From there, there are only two options: euthanasia or surgery. It's all or nothing.
I chose to go all out. Others may have chosen differently and I can't say they would have been wrong. From an economic stand point, my decision makes no sense. However, once I knew that Ramsey could be saved and would have a good chance of recovering, I could not let money be the deciding factor. Euthanasia is both a responsibility and a gift that we animal owners can and should bestow when called for. The overwhelming sense of relief and peace that I felt when I decided to try and save Ramsey, makes me know that I made the right choice this time.
The unexpected and incredibly generous outpouring of support from all of you tells me that you too, must feel some of that relief and peace. I certainly hope so as it is a rare gift to know so absolutely, that one has made the right decision. I have received $3800 in donations. There really is just something irresistible and special about this one pesty baby...