Help Bonnie!

Bonnie spent her growing puppy days training to be a Guide Dog for the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown, NY. After a year of training and passing her YODA (a test taken to prove she is suited to train as a Guide Dog), her future working dog days came to a sudden halt when  X-rays were taken of her hips. She has been diagnosed with Severe Hip Dysplasia. Bonnie became a normal pupper and enjoyed doing the things she could never do before like eat socks and play with balls! We thought this was the only health issue we had to worry about, but unfortunately this is now the least of our worries...

A few months ago Bonnie began limping on her front leg after playing in the yard and running around. Bonnie was brought to several vets- and hundreds of dollars later- no one could even figure out what was wrong..... even the x-rays seemed to show nothing! Cancer free! Sigh of relief....... (we thought)

A big bump began to grow on Bonnies shoulder a couple weeks later and the limp got more severe. This was never there before. We decided to go see a vet in Philadelphia. Because of the sudden appearance of this bump, more x-rays were taken. 

"Your dog has Osteosarcoma - bone cancer. And she only has weeks or months to live."

The words seemed unreal. I thought she simply sprained her wrist or pulled a muscle. My two year old puppy has cancer that has already spread to her lungs. Since then it feels as if my heart came to a complete stop.

We decided to see an oncologist, an expert on canine cancer. On top of  telling us its incredibly rare to see this type of cancer in such a young dog, he told us the cancer is aggressive and painful..... the only way to alleviate the pain and possibly slow the cancer growth would be amputating Bonnies leg. And even doing that would only spare her a few more months until the cancer completely took over. 

As a family we decided to not consider money as a factor for Bons life, and it was best go ahead with the surgery so Bonnie can play again, pain-free, and enjoy what could be the last few months of her life... despite the cost of the expensive surgery, pain meds, and possible chemotherapy. We are not willing to give up on our precious Bon.

Bonnie to this day is still happy and cheerful! Her will to live reminds me that tomorrow is not always guranteed and  to live each day to the absolute fullest. If all goes well until then, we have scheduled to have her amputation surgery done on March 28, 2018. Prayers would be absolutely appreciated for my little girl. If doggy miracles exist - I need one.

As most of us do, I consider Bonnie a family member. I am not going to give up on her until it is her time. She means a lot to so many people. Any donations made will be put completely towards her surgery. Every single penny means the world to me and her.

Lets get ready to watch Bonnie kick cancers "tail"
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Michele Sykora
Oxford, NJ

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