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Coils for Kado

$5,655 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 62 people in 7 months
Created November 27, 2018
Team Kibou
This is the story of a very special therapy 6 month old puppy placed in his owner’s life to help her and others in our community. But first we need to help him. He was born with a liver shunt where unfiltered blood remains in his system leaving him dizzy and disoriented which will progressively get worse with age. A special surgery with Dr. Beal at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine will place coils (hence the fundraiser’s name)  to block these incorrect blood vessels. 

Note donations can also be made directly
at Bayshore Veterinary Hospital in Harvey or to MSU with the case info: Kado reference #499912 phone number 517-353-5420

Please read the heartfelt letter from his owner Lisa below.
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To my Animal Lover Friends,

 
In one of the most distressing times in my life, I am heartbreakingly unable to care for my new 6 month old therapy dog in training, Kado - Kibou (Japanese for “Hope”).

 On November 14, 2018, it was confirmed by MSU Veterinary Medical Center, Dr. Casey Dropkin, that Kado has an intrahepatic portosystemic liver shunt. He needs a rare and expensive surgery because his liver cannot filter toxins.  Without this surgery, Kado’s life will not extend beyond 1-2 years.

Given the complexity of his medical condition, veterinarians have recommended that this surgery be performed at MSU where knowledge, skills, and equipment are available.  The estimated cost of this surgery, including tests, is $8,000-10,000.

 In the midst of this chapter in my life, it’s been overwhelming to face the extent of Kado’s medical condition.  As I face my circumstances, I am also aware of others in need and find it difficult to ask for help. 

It’s with encouragement and foresight from others who see the community-wide value in this story, that I have chosen to seek help for Kado so that he might serve his intended purpose...bringing comfort and hope to others, together by my side.

 Although Kado has become my latest partner in the gift of therapy dogs, he is not my first.  Both personally and as a Special Education Teacher, this has been of great value.  My last therapy dog, Chaco, who I lost in 2016, was dearly loved and touched many lives. 

From young children to teens and senior citizens, the gifts of love from Chaco were shared in many settings including schools, assisted living facilities, and warming shelters.  Most precious to me was his connection with my beloved mother bringing her joy and safety during her final days of Alzheimer ’s disease.  They are both sadly missed.

 Since losing Chaco, the benefits of his presence has been put on pause as I’ve worked through the grief of his loss.  Now, having Kado in my life and receiving the healing love that pets provide for us all, I find it hard to imagine anything less in-kind being returned to him.

 It is my goal and heartfelt purpose within my story, that the gift of extending Kado’s life be a conduit of sharing greater hope and awareness into our community through the gifts of therapy animals.  As many, I, too, have experienced how the unconditional love of pets can aid in the process of healing.  With an ability to be fully present, I feel pets bring a pure connection often longed for.

Should the generosity exceed the cost of the surgery, my heart would like to donate 50% to Pathways Community Mental Health in support of Trauma Awareness-Trauma Informed Care, educational programs.  With the remaining 50%, it’s my wish that funds be allocated equally between Superior Land Pet Partners and Marquette Warming Center. 

Thank you for your love, generosity and engagement of your time with our story.

Blessings,      

Lisa
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Hi everyone,
Spring is here! A time of hope and new beginnings. And this is especially true for Kado! We’re happy to report that he had a recheck last week, and lab results again showed continued progress.. Yay! He's also begun the process of slowly weening off his prescription dog food so those coils must be working and doing their intended job. So amazing!
With his body is getting stronger and neurological symptoms slowly diminishing, we’re also looking at some springtime training just around the corner.. It's time!
Such a gift to watch these health and life changes slowly unfold.. It truly IS a new beginning. Thank you.. THANK YOU! Blessings, Lisa
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Hi everyone! With lots of rest and TLC.. we’re happy to report Kado is doing GREAT! He has successfully weened off 2 prescription medications and recent lab work also showing signs of progress.. yay! His ammonia related behaviors have been slow to improve BUT we are seeing signs of improved focus and ability to calm, as well as some lessened need to pace and circle.. How exciting to see these changes! The surgeon said it may take a couple of months for Kado’s body to transition to the coils so he’ll be staying on the prescription food for a couple of months as ammonia levels slowly come down. BUT, all in all.. Kado is STRONG, HAPPY, and IMPROVING each and everyday... THANK YOU!Lisa
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Hi everyone! We made it back safe and sound, and Kado’s doing great! He’ll be spending the next couple of days at the Vet Hospital here in Marquette where he can be closely monitored as his body adapts to the coils. Such a relief to have this behind us! Now, with tender care, the gift of his healing begins.. because of YOU. And I sincerely thank you.
Blessings, Lisa
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Kado is doing great! Visiting him in the hospital today, he’s hardly even skipped a beat since surgery. We’ll be making the snowy, chilly trek back home to the U.P. with him tomorrow.
On another note, since there was an unprecedented number of titanium coils placed and an extra night of hospitalization, the bill is exceeding what was originally thought. We raised a little over $8000 but are looking for another $1500-2000 to offset this unforeseen cost. Anything extra or just sharing this would be greatly appreciated!! Lots of hugs and looking forward to having an event this spring where everyone can meet Kado.
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Raised by 62 people in 7 months
Created November 27, 2018
Team Kibou
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