Keep Going, Rocket Dog!

Heidi has several nicknames over the last few years.  She\'s been called Tick-Tick, Tickster, Ticker Symbol HEID, H-Bomb, H, Babes, Mama, Woman...the list goes on.  You know how it is with dogs and nicknames.  I\'m not sure she even knows her name is Heidi anymore.  After legally changing her name from Happy (she wanted to leave everything about her old life, including that crap name, behind her) she quickly accumulated her first nickname of her new life - Rocket Dog.   She\'d get so excited when we came home or riled her up that we would stand on opposite sides of the small studio apartment and shout \"GO ROCKET DOG!\" as she leaped from the bed, ran to the kitchen, did a quick turnaround with her backside sliding on the tile and came running full-blast for the bed again.  This is also how Heidi\'s Favorite Game developed, the game where she rolls around in the covers and nips at my hands as I tickle her.   Right now, Rocket Dog can\'t jump on the bed or roll around in the blankets.  She\'s having a hard time even getting up and down the stairs.

I am raising money to get my poor dog the MRI she needs to properly diagnose the cause of the pain that has kept her on several different medications for weeks now. X-rays confirm that she has spondylosis, or degenerative arthritis that has lead to spinal fusion.  She is on a cocktail of steroids, pain killers, a muscle relaxer and an antacid to combat the side effects she is experiencing.  She is feeling better on these drugs, but without a solution she may lose use of her front left leg and ultimately, she can not be on them forever.

I hate to see my dog in pain, but she has a really great chance to regain the quality of life she\'s been experiencing thus far as a healthy, happy senior.  She is mentally very sharp and otherwise totally physically sound.  She\'s had a bit of good luck in her later life, being rescued from a high kill shelter when she was already considered a senior (and also extremely pregnant) and taken to a really fantastic no-kill facility (www.bideawee.org) to birth her puppies.  Bideawee took great care of her until she was taken home on the very first day she was allowed to leave.  Since then, she\'s moved from the East Coast to Chicago, where she has lived in a beautiful apartment, gone to some really fantastic parks, visited the dog beach and even held a role in a Steppenwolf production.  She also recently appeared in print in a book called Small Dog, Big Dog.  Heidi has had a few superstar/celebrity moments, but mostly she\'s spent every day being loved and cared for in a comfortable home which is something that was not guaranteed to her for a very long time prior to her rescue.

Heidi has lived a very full life.  I don\'t know what the first part of it was like, but I know that the last part has been really great so far, and I hate to allow this physical setback to stop her from loving her time with us as much as possible.  I know she isn\'t going to live forever.  I know she probably isn\'t going to live very much longer, but I\'d like to give her at least a couple more years of love and fun without this debilitating pain.

Please help me keep Rocket Dog going.
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Rachel Mary 
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Chicago, IL
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