He lives with his family in Sanford, Florida.
On Monday, May 13th, Chester's home was burglarized and he was beaten with a baseball bat, breaking his jaw.
With medical bills for reconstructive surgery, x-rays, pain medications, tooth extractions, and follow-up visits, his family is facing upwards of $5000 to get him back on his feet.
Please consider sharing whatever you can to help Chester on his road to recovery.
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Chester and his family are very grateful for all of your help.
Chester is continuing to get better day by day! He still is unable to go out for much exercise, and cannot play with his toys yet. He is also a bit aggressive when people come to the door (who can blame him though!) But other than that, he is almost back to normal! Our second follow-up will not be until mid-June. Then, fingers crossed, he will have the surgery to remove the brace and extra dental work by mid-July. Plenty of time to get out camping and canoeing for the summer! Thank you for your support!
Very happy to see how much has been raised for Chester, as I'm sure everyone here is! Thanks for the updates.
Hello everyone, Your support has been so generous and overwhelming that we no longer need to accept donations for Chester's medical expenses. We believe we will have more than enough to cover all of Chesters care, which is still absolutely unbelievable to us! In the event that we take in more donations than are needed, we will be donating the additional funds to the Poodle and Pooch Rescue in Orlando, the animal rescue that Chester came from. They do amazing work with animals that are very much in need. http://www.poodleandpoochrescue.org/ If I could thank all of you every day, it would not be enough. Thank you for giving us many healthy years ahead with our buddy. He is at our side at all times, whether it be camping, canoeing, biking, or watching movies, he has become a center of our lives. I cannot imagine how lonely life would be without him. Please know it is your acts of kindness and love that make the world a wonderful place to be. Despite the unjust things that we all must face, the goodwill in this world will always prevail. Thank you all endlessly for your support. We wish the very best to each and every one of you...and of course to your faithful four-legged companions as well. With much love, Kristin, Stanton, and Chester
Chester is continuing to get better day by day. Today he even found his beloved blue sheep, a toy that has been sewed together so many times, it no longer has its eyes, mouth, or ears. He yelped in pain...he is definitely not ready to play with toys (they are all hidden away now.) But the fact that he feels well enough to play is extremely encouraging. He also chose to get down from our bed and sleep in his own bed last night, which was another good sign. We left him for several hours today for the first time, and returned to a happy dog, wagging his tail. I definitely seem to be the one with more anxiety than him! I know it is still a long road ahead, but things are definitely looking up. Your love and support of him and us has undoubtedly helped with his speedy recovery. I literally could never find the words to thank all of you enough. Know that you are in our thoughts as well, as we are grateful to have you in our lives. Even if we have never had the pleasure of meeting you, you have still touched our hearts in ways unimaginable. Love, Kristin
Hello everyone, We are completely blown away by the support we are receiving. I cannot thank all of you enough. I never believed in my wildest dreams we would see so much support. It really shows how much everyone truly cares for the community. Chester has been doing great today! He is much more active and his tail is up and wagging, after staying between his legs for days. He is following us outside for bathroom breaks, and seems to be getting his confidence back. We went to the vet this morning for a quick exam, which checked out great, and to get the pain patch removed. (It was like a nicotine patch, only constantly administering pain medication.) He is still on some oral pain medications, but we will slowly be weaning him from those in the next several weeks. He is sleeping great at night now, right between Stanton and I of course. I always had a no dogs sleeping in the bed policy...but I have a feeling that, along with some of the other rules, are going to be broken quite a bit:) The cat, who has left him alone for days, most likely sensing his pain, has started to act playful with him again, batting at the cone he has to wear around his head. I make sure not to let it get too rough, but it is good to see him interacting again. This morning Chester ate off a plate on his own for the first time and did not have to be hand-fed. We are extremely optimistic about his full recovery and want to tank all of you for making it possible. Our deepest gratitude to all of you. Love, Kristin, Stanton, and Chester
Hi Everyone, Although I hope to see all of you, or at least speak to you to express my gratitude, I wanted to get on here to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. The support, whether it be monetary, or just warm thoughts and wishes, has been overwhelming. When something like this happens, you can't help but lose some hope in the world, and feel sad for the hatred and anger that lives in people that would do this. But as all of you have shown me, the love and good nature of people is far greater than the hatred and selfishness that causes people to hurt others. From one really horrible act sprang literally hundreds of amazing and selfless acts. For those of you that are close friends now, or I have had the pleasure of knowing in the past, for friends of friends, and for those of you that do not know us at all, but have found it in your hearts to help out, I am humbled and renewed by your generosity and kindness. As I have watched Chester begin to recover and slowly regain his trust in the world, I know that I too, can do the same. His strength and fighting spirit, and your compassion and support have brought us hope in a seemingly hopeless world. I cannot begin to thank all of you enough, but please know we are sending our love to each and every one of you. Love, Kristin, Stanton, and Chester
Thank you, guys!