As many of you know, our beautiful dog Gator is very sick. For t
he past week we have reached out to you, our friends, and asked for prayers of healing but not told or really explained why. It all began this summer when Gator began experiencing nose bleeds. We rushed him to the vet and were told this was caused by a sinus infection and given antibiotics. Over the course of the summer, the nose bleeds would come and go and were again treated with antibiotics. On a routine grooming appointment last Thursday, the groomer noticed an abnormal amount of blood and asked the vet to take a look. At that time, we scheduled to bring him in the next morning to do lab work, and x-ray's of his skull. The x-ray showed a mass. Although the word mass is scary, it is really quite common in dogs. They wanted to schedule Gator to come back in so they could remove the mass and do a biopsy at that time. Monday, bright and early, we dropped our boy off and waited for the vet to call with good news. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. Gators normal vet called Monday afternoon and explained that when they went in to remove the mass they found that there were at least three masses. Because of the number, it lead them to believe these tumors were cancer and told us we would have to take Gator to The University Of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital where they specialized in cases such as these. We brought our boy home and waited for an appointment. Yesterday, Mel brought Gator to Knoxville where we were given hope about treatment but then let down when it was stated that Gators insurance would not cover any part of the surgery he would require. We are devastated that this company that we have payed to insure our pet will do nothing for him in his time of need. Gator's surgery is going to cost $3000.00. We also know if Gator does not have this surgery the masses will continue to grow and completely block his sinus cavity, at which time he will pass away. There is no option. He has to have this surgery.
Only someone who has loved a pet can understand that animals become like our children. They are there for you when you are sick, or have had a bad day, they truly become your best friend. Animals unknowingly make us pull through days when we are too tired or too sick or too weary to even want to pull through. And Gator has been there for us during all of the above. We love this dog like a child. Losing him without fighting is not an option. We ask anyone and everyone who feels inclined to please send donations in for Gator's surgery. You aren't just saving "a dog." You are saving a vital, loved and cherished member of our household. He is our guard dog, our protector, our snuggler, our sweet boy. We simply can not stand by and do nothing. We are setting this page up so donations are taken through this site. We promise you that this is NOT a scam and hope you know would NOT ask for help if it was NOT a necessity. We know everyone can not help financially but we ask you continue to keep praying and share this post. From our family to yours, please help our Gator.
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." "• Josh Billings
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