Help! Isabella needs surgery.

Background:
Six years ago, a terrible person abandoned a 4 week old puppy on the side of the road.  Luckily, she was rescued before she was seriously injured, or even killed.  People say my husband saved Isabella, but in all reality, she saved him, a teenager just out of high school, lost in his own life.  Anyone who knows him, knows that Izzy is not his pet, she is his baby.  She truly is a special dog.  She loves adults, kids, babies, and animals.  Her best friends are two cats and a horse, sometimes I'm not sure she really knows she is a dog.  She is very active and loves running, wrestling, hiking, and swimming.


The Injury:
About a week ago, my husband and Izzy were on a walk.  Izzy was running around playing and suddenly fell to the ground and cried out.  From that moment on, she refused to use her back leg, hobbling around on three legs.  It turns out, Izzy tore her cranial cruciate ligament, her ACL.  In dogs, cruciate ligaments stabilize the knee joint. In larger dogs, like Izzy, surgery is required to stabilize the knee, to keep it from moving in the wrong direction.  Without surgery the bones in her knee will continue to rub together her entire life, causing permanent reoccuring lameness in her leg, swelling, and pain.  Severe arthritis is also very likely without surgery. 

The Problem:
When I finished my teaching degree last year, my husband and I decided we were going to become full time RVers.  His job is seasonal in nature, with appointments being temporary.  He went from Texas, to North Dakota, to Montana.  The housing at his worksites are for employees only, no family, no pets. Hence, the full time RVing.  We hated the idea of having to put our pets through moving to a new home every few months so we picked a home that could come with us.  The RV we bought is older, no way we could afford a new one, and with that came problems.  First it was the brakes, which actually failed as my husband and father were driving the RV home after picking it up.  The brake job, unlike a car, cost over $2,000 .  Then came our drive to his job in Montana, which is when our transmission went.  Another huge chunk of money down the drain. After that was our wedding, which was very small, but as most of you know, weddings aren't cheap.  After several other unforeseen circumstances and life being life, our savings are depleted.  We currently find ourselves in South Carolina, my husband between jobs and me looking for one, with a dog that is in pain and in need of surgery we cannot afford. 

Why:
No animal should have to suffer becuase of their owner's inability to afford expensive surgery.  Any amount helps and we will keep all donors up to date on Izzy's surgery and recovery.  
Thank you so much for your help and support.
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Isabella George 
Organizer
Cottageville, SC
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