Burmie's Amputation Fund

For those that don't know me--Hi, I'm Jessica. And that beautiful face you see above is Burmie. She also goes by Precious, Burmie-Girl, and The Burmenator.

Tell me more about Burmie!
Burmie is an amazingly sweet and gentle dog. And she is a breed ambassador for pitbulls everywhere. She always greets you with a big smile, a wagging tail, and most likely a stick in her mouth. I swear, this girl will play fetch for HOURS (if we'd let her!). She loves fetch, swimming, bacon, frolicking, and most of all her daddy, Jared.

Jared picked out Burmie as soon as she was born. In a litter of critters who were spunky and upbeat, Burmie was the runt and was quietly sitting in the corner--gentle and pensive. Jared knew right away that was his dog. Burmie was Jared's first pup and she went EVERYWHERE with him. He took her to work, camping, the desert, anywhere she was allowed (and maybe a few places she wasn't).

Burmie is one of the smartest, most well behaved dogs I've met. She is great with women, men, children, other dogs, pretty much anyone and anything. I even saw a picture of her where our bearded dragon, Brodie, was sitting on her head!

Burmie has been in Jared's life for 11 long years--she's been through a lot with him. Good times, bad times, and all the inbetweens. At the end of the day she always has kisses and snuggles ready for him.

So why are you raising funds for her?
Burmie started limping about two weeks ago. At first we thought, it must just be old age. However, her constant whining told us it was more serious. At that point we kept thinking maybe she snapped a ligament in her knee. We finally bit the bullet and took her to the vet.

We got a diagnosis we hadn't even prepared for. Osteosarcoma--also known as, bone cancer. The vet was so somber when she told us. Burmie has bone cancer in her knee. At the moment, it's eating away at her Patella. And she is in a ton a pain.

Here's what we currently know about Osteosarcoma -- it's one of the most painful cancers and it's spreads very aggressively. Our two choices are essentially to amputate her left hind leg and give her another pain free year (or more!) to live, or manage her pain for the next few months of her life.

The choices is pretty obvious for us. It's about QUALITY of life over quantity of life.

The hardest part is--we are having trouble affording the surgery. We had a low-cost option lined up and then found out he was on vacation for 3 weeks. We can't wait 3 weeks. We are extremely lucky as it is that the cancer hasn't spread to her lungs, thus giving us a chance.

We have an appointment with the Veterinary Speciality Hospital in San Marcos on Monday June 6 at 9AM. We know that they are capable of doing same-day surgery but without the funds we won't be able to choose that option. However, we are hoping with such an amazing support system we'll be able to give Burmie the gift of relief this week! Time is not on our side with this disease and we want to act as soon as possible.

Amputation? Isn't that a big deal?
Well yes and no. For humans it is a huge deal. For doggies, not so much. All the research I've done on osteosarcoma and amputation says that this really is our best choice. We can't bear the thought of Burmie being in pain for the last chapter of her life and so we are asking our friends and family to help us. The recovery and healing period is relatively easy and Burmie is an AMAZING healer. I have no doubt that she will be instantly happier and relieved once we take this painful leg off.

As far as the cancer goes--we have opted not to do chemotherapy for a ton of reasons. Most of which are quality of life and cost. Instead we are using some alternative methods to help manage and battle any cancer that might remain in her body. Again, we don't know how much more time this will give us with Burmie, but it's all about giving our dog relief. Putting her down is not an option we are considering. Of all the love she's given throughout the last 11 years, this is the LEAST we could do for her.

What will it cost?
At the moment we are waiting for an exact estimate, but the vet quoted us at $3,500 - 4,500 depending on a plethora of circumstances.

Unfortunately we have used up most of our funds managing our other dog's epilepsy. Through a string of unfortunate events we're now left in this situation where we have to reach out for help.

How can we help? What will this money go to?
Any amount will help. I know everyone says that, but now I see it’s the truth. It adds up. And every dollar helps right now.

The money will directly towards the surgery. As soon as I have a true estimate I will be posting all of the details here for everyone to see.

It’s humbling to ask friends or family for money. It’s even more humbling to ask for your dog. It seems like such a first world problem, and we know that it is. But anyone that knows us knows that our pets are our children right now. They're our lives. We do everything with them in mind. We know that our time with Burmie seems limited, but we are humbly asking for help. So that we can still have money to pay human bills, so that we don’t have to debate on whether to amputate, so that I don’t have to euthanize our pup prematurely just because we can’t afford it. That would devastate us.

What do we get in return?
Well besides my undying love and gratitude, every donor will receive a handwritten water-colored (by us!) thank you card with a picture of that beautiful face you see above.

Seriously—from the bottom of our heart, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Thank you for donating. Thank you for caring. Just…thank you.
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Jessica Rose Winer 
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