Surgery for a very special poodle

$785 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 19 months
I am trying to raise funding for a very special standard poodle, 11 year old Malachi O'Malley.  (He is on the far right in the photo) He belongs to my 81 year old mom and he is one member of her performing/therapy dog group The Irish Boys (3 standard poodles and 1 toy poodle).

  On 4/30/17, Malachi had to be rushed to the Emergency Vet, he was diagnosed with bloat which is a condition that larger dogs can get.  The stomach fills with gas which then allows the stomach to twist and within hours, the dog can die.  

We were told that without surgery my mom would lose her boy.  The quote was given of between 3,000.00 and 4,000.00 which included surgery, 3 night hospital stay and all medications, etc.  

We told them to go ahead with the surgery and it was done.  Malachi is still at the hospital and is slowly recovering, we are still praying as there can always be a set back or development of pneumonia.

I am asking for donations as my mom and her boys have been brightening the days of many area nursing home residents, assisting living facilities and hospitals as well as a few schools and private functions for years.  Mom has been an obedience trainer for over 65 years and showed her dogs in the obedience ring for many years as well.  She has trained her boys in the Gaelic language and they all have Irish names.  

These dogs do amazing work and the boys bank account (yes they have their own account which she uses just for their expenses) has taken quite a hit from this .   She does get a nominal fee when she does a 1 hour show with her boys which she immediately puts into an account for things such as their vet visits, flea medications, food etc. When they do a visit they do not receive any money, it is strictly voluntary.  Unfortunately, this has pretty much wiped out that account.

Another of my moms boys, her smallest, Sean Patrick Rafferty who is 17 and was quite the superstar of the show for many years has been diagnosed with bladder cancer so he is on borrowed time and we don't know how much longer he will be with us.  These dogs not only brighten up the lives of the people they visit and entertain but they also keep my mother happy and living a full life at her age.  

I would be so grateful for any and all donations to help keep my mom going and her boys continuing on their mission of helping so many people.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story.
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Here is an update on Malachi....He has been home now with my mom for 3 days now. He is resting and comfortable, eating a bland diet of hamburger and rice and recouperating well. He has quite a large incision on his tummy from the surgery but thankfully everything is going well. Mom has her hands full with a busy schedule of giving him his medications on time but she loves her boys and as a lot of you know she will do anything for them. I am so thankful to those of you who have contributed. Mom and her boys will continue on with their work in the nursing homes and the show will go on!!!
Mal swearing to tell the truth!
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$785 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 19 months
Created May 1, 2017
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PJ
$50
Peter Johnson
18 months ago

Thanks for all the years of watching your magic at the Bush St School....

$10
Tanya Hall
19 months ago

For help with Malachais surgery ❤️

$500
Anonymous
19 months ago
BL
$50
Bev & Randy Luckraft/Rapoza
19 months ago

We are so sorry to learn of this very difficult time. May God send you peace and strength.

MA
$25
Mary Andrade
19 months ago

Best wishes to my cousin and special dog.

SF
$25
Susan Frost
19 months ago

Sending healing thoughts and love, Cousin Susie & Gary

LR
$25
Laurie Rollins
19 months ago

And once Mallie is up to par, I'll get him on my grooming bench and get him looking like the showman he is!

KG
$25
Karen Goyette
19 months ago

Wishing mom's boy a speedy and full recovery. Positive thoughts & prayers being sent.

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