Remove Archie's tumour

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Melanie Ann  Brisbane, AUS
Hi everyone

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Mel. I have waited for a really long time to be ready to adopt a dog. This was more than just waiting until I moved into the perfect house for a pet to share, but saving to manage all the ordinary expenses that come with pet ownership, and of course, waiting for the perfect dog to come along. 

On my birthday, I got a call to tell me there was a recently surrendered, seven-year-old Westie boy called Archie who would soon be ready for a new home. Archie and I didn't jump into things lightly; we had lots of dates before he came home with me,  he was vet checked by the rescue, and then we had a ten day trial run to make sure we were right for each other. 

We have completely fallen in love. Archie is a happy dog who loves his morning walks. He's affectionate and loves pats and belly rubs, dinner time, and sleeping. He's happy to come out with me and sit under the table at a coffee shop and he makes friends wherever he goes (even the neighbour kids routinely knock on my door and ask if Archie can come out and play with them).

But sadly, while Archie was vet checked before I rescued him, a few days after he came home, I found a little lump on the back of his right hind leg. It looks like a nasty pimple. But it's actually a tumour with cells from two kinds of malignant cancers inside (one is a mast tumour and the other is a sarcoma). It will have to be removed, it's not a little job and it's close to a set of lymph nodes so they're coming out too. 

Obviously, I expected the unexpected with a new dog, especially given he's a rescue with a largely unknown medical history. But the magnitude of this particular unexpected thing, and the cost of the surgery is a lot more than I can cope with. I'm going to do whatever I can (sell some things and save wherever possible, etc). 

Some wonderful, generous friends have asked to help us out and encouraged me to set up this GoFundMe when I started talking about taking out a loan to help pay for Archie's treatment rather than returning him to the rescue. I won't part with him, so I'll do whatever it takes to keep him happy, healthy and loved.

I don't expect to raise the full amount, but any small amount you can spare would be so gratefully accepted by me and Archie too. We don't have much to offer in return but a coffee at our place, a wag of Archie's crooked little tail and our extreme gratitude. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

(Updates on how the money will be used for tests and associated surgery are coming).
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Update 15
Posted by Melanie Ann
25 months ago
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Hi all, it's been a few weeks so just wanted to let you know how Archie is going. His recovery has been amazing. We had a rough couple of days getting his body adjusted back to normal after the anaesthetic but he's been going great guns since then.

His surgeon removed the stitches a whole week ahead of schedule and the surgical wound looks excellent at the moment -- it's all new pink skin. The worst thing right now, in Archie's opinion is that he's still on limited walks - increasing to 10 minutes next week and back to normal after Christmas. Hopefully next week I'll be able to get his hair trimmed back to even him up a bit so he looks a little less like he forgot to put on pants.

Again, I just want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped us out and helped relieve some of the financial burden leading into this festive season. Wishing you and your families happy, safe, and joyous holidays.
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Update 14
Posted by Melanie Ann
26 months ago
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YOU GUYS, Archie's tumour was a mid-grade sarcoma and the vet is satisfied she got it all! So we're lucky we got it out when we did, but no chemo! Thank you all so much for everything, we love and appreciate everyone who helped us out. (He's currently helping me sort envelopes for work Christmas cards, a duty he takes very seriously as you can see).
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Update 13
Posted by Melanie Ann
26 months ago
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Archie's feeling a bit more himself today. Going to be hard work keeping him off the furniture for another 7 days at this rate!
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Update 12
Posted by Melanie Ann
26 months ago
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Hi friends. Archie is home and resting comfortably. He's in the cone of shame for ten days and has a big incision but he's so happy to be back home. Thank you again for your support!

They were able to get the primary closure they wanted so while they shaved his butt in case they needed to do a graft, we've escaped that part of the process (thank goodness).

We couldn't have been in and out so quickly without this GoFundMe and we really appreciate it. I'm going to leave it open to fund the last bit that's on my credit card.
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Ann-Mairee Saward
26 months ago

Archie is a joy. He's happy and loving. Melanie Ann loves him so much. It happened quickly, they bonded right away. (Archie loves her too. )Please help xx

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Wendy Garthon
26 months ago

Donated previously, shared again. May your little dawg be safe and well!

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Anonymous
26 months ago (Offline Donation)
$25
Renee Fedrick
26 months ago

All our family is thinking of you and your little Prince!

$25
Danielle Voss
26 months ago

Extra tickles behind the ear from me and Cherry xx

LS
$100
Lois Spangler
26 months ago

{{{HUGS}}} for you and Archie!

KW
$15
Katrina Wetkin
26 months ago

anything for a cute, white fluffy puppy (L)

GB
$20
Greg Barron
26 months ago
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$10
Andrew Williams
26 months ago
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$10
Bre Carmody
26 months ago

Best wishes to you and your little man.

$50
Michaela Fellingham
26 months ago

Much love Archie and get well soon xxxxx

AL
$25
Aimée Lindorff
26 months ago
Ann-Mairee Saward
26 months ago

Archie is a joy. He's happy and loving. Melanie Ann loves him so much. It happened quickly, they bonded right away. (Archie loves her too. )Please help xx

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Wendy Garthon
26 months ago

Donated previously, shared again. May your little dawg be safe and well!

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