Achilles Heel: His Kidney Failure

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Against almost everyones wishes, I first picked up Achilles when I was 21 years old in my last year of college when he was 11 weeks old (pictured below). I needed a roomate and I genuinely like dogs better than humans. Well, fast forward 8 years and he was the best roomate I've ever had and the best dog/son anyone could ever ask for.  He is really such a special boy and only 8 years young. Recently, my other dog Sally (bichon frise) that I got for my 13th birthday passed away at the ripe age of 17. About a month following that, we noticed that Achilles wasn't eating as well and acting somewhat lethargic. We closely monitored him and he seemed to be doing better until he developed a "cough" of sorts. He was acting very depressed, didn't really eat, was hanging his head low and not that alert. We took him to the vet and after 4 trips they finally did blood tests only to discover that he was in late stage chronic renal (kidney) failure. As you can imagine, this was very shocking to everyone in my family and we are all beside ourselves. We switched vets to someone we felt cared more and knew a great bit more about this horrible disease and have been trying to get it under control. Each day is different. Today he had 2 seizures and we had to rush him over to the vet for him to be put on fluids again. All way too sad for such a happy, loving, innocent doggy. 
I am not poor and no matter what I will pay all of his bills. This isn't a plea. Achilles is my family and I knew what I was getting myself into when I first picked him up and dog's/family are most certainly a lifelong committment. You simply do not give up on a living being and Achilles will and determination to live is only further showing me that any amount of money I spend is well worth it for even  1 more day. Can I pay for all of the expenses myself? Yes, most likely. However, I have always wanted to run a "gofundme" and I owe it to Achilles (as he has paid me and many more in so much love) to see what we can do together. To be clear, no matter what happens, I 100% will pay it forward for another campaign that I see can use some help in the future. You're not going to see me driving around in a new Ferrari anytime soon off of this campaign, if anything it would be a Porsche (joking)! Anyway, as you can imagine, the bills are adding up QUICKLY. He will need 1 bag of subcutaneous fluids (1 liter) per day for the rest of his life. That means 1 new bag ($12) everytime, 1 new needle ($1) everytime, and a new IV set ($10) every 2 times or so. I will also need to switch his diet and experiment by buying special renal food for him. He also needs new supplements (calcium, phosphorus binders, etc.) and I am trying to extend his quality of life and general life for as long as possible, so if maintained correctly there is hope for any type of future.

Achilles has effected so many peoples lives for the good just by meeting him, petting him and his energy in general. If he's ever made an impact on your life I'm sure he would appreciate any help whatsoever, I know I will! $1 helps, $5 helps more and $5,000 helps most! We appreciate anything you so choose to help with. 

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Hello everyone,

It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that Achilles time on this earth has come to an end. Unfortunately his fight ended and he got extremely sick very fast and he passed late on Tuesday night at 2:37am. Today, my families other dog, Jada, passed as well. It seems unbelievable and I really wish it was but I don't think she wanted to live without her brother and sister :-(

Thank you so much for all of your contributions. As I promised, I will be using any extra money leftover for his maintenance to go towards a gofundme or cause that I really believe in. I will also be donating any unused medicine that your money helped purchase to local animal hospitals.

Don't ever forget Achilles and make him live forever in your hearts. I know that I will think of him everyday until I meet him again.
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I just want to thank everyone again who has donated thus far. You should all be very proud of yourselves as your thoughts and $ are helping on many levels. Achilles had a mostly good weekend. He ate, took a good portion of his medicine and is still a happy, innocent dog.

We appreciate your help in spreading the word, prayers and thoughts in a time of need.
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Thanks for everyones extremely generous donations. We raised over 20% of the full goal in less than 24 hours. I find it truly amazing how a community of friends, family, acquaintances and complete strangers can band together like this in a time of need.

To update you all, Achilles is currently on another IV flush at the animal hospital for the next 2 days. Unfortunately, his levels went up a bit (which most likely led to his seizures) and we need to regulate again. He did eat a full plate of food last night which is great and had a fine night sleeping last night.

Thanks again for everyones thoughts and donations.
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$1,824 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 40 months
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ER
$50
Evie And Lucas Ravdin
40 months ago

We love you Achy and uncle Jeremy.

VC
$50
Vin Congello
40 months ago

Get better monster

RG
$100
Robin Goldberg
40 months ago

Take good care of him!

$18
Anonymous
40 months ago
CL
$50
Chris Li
40 months ago

Godspeed brothers.

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