For those of you who know me, you know that my dogs are my life. The day I met a cute, clumsy puppy that would later be named Apollo, I had no idea what I was getting into or just how much he would impact my life.
Here we are, 10 years later, and I've had the joy of watching that puppy grow into this amazing and beautiful being that is the epitome of what it means to be good in this world. He loves his stuffed animals and looks so proud when he parades them around during potty breaks. He looks out the car window with this daydreamy look, that you can't help but wonder what he's thinking. He approaches everyone he meets with so much love and affection that it makes me envious of how he sees the world. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, Apollo wants to be your friend. And, if you pet him, he'll be your friend forever.
Two weeks ago, my heart was shattered when I found out he has thyroid cancer. I've never been good at expressing my emotions when I'm sad, but I have struggled with this news so hard. I find myself wondering why life is so unfair that someone so pure of love has such a short time to spread that love. He doesn't deserve anything bad to happen to him, especially something like this. I am dedicated to do whatever it takes to help him through this so he can continue to bring more smiles in this world.
I found out today that his surgery and CT Scans are going to cost around $6000 - $7000. I knew it was going to be expensive to help him, but I had no idea it would be this much. As hard as it is to ask, I need help.
As many of you know, the last year has thrown a lot at me, starting with the loss of my previous job. I have stayed positive through everything (and a lot of that was due to the love and support of Apollo, Darwin, and Melissa), but financially, it hurt. This is going to wipe out my savings and I still won't have nearly enough to cover the costs. The worst part is that they require all of the money up front. On top of that, the vet told me that time is a factor and I need to get Apollo in for surgery within the next two weeks.
I'm not expecting to reach the goal posted, but I'm hoping for some help. Any little bit will help and I promise all of you that I will pay it forward somehow in the future.
I can't picture my world without Apollo. He is and has been my best friend though so many wonderful and hard times. We've traveled the country together time and time again. We've hiked so many mountains together. He was the one that hugged me while I cried after I found out I was losing my father. He is the star of my Instagram. He has been the best older brother to Darwin and the best doggy son a guy could ask for. He is, simply put, just a really good boy.
More than anything, Apollo has inspired me to be a better person, and I know I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the man that he thinks I am.
Please help me save my friend. Thank you so much,
Apollo and I on the day we first met (look at how cute he's sitting):
Baby Apollo refusing to take a serious picture:
Barry and I helping Apollo cross a raging river during an epic hike.
Apollo, Darwin, and I on our most recent adventure to the Golden Gate Bridge:
Today, with his bone he earned for being a good boy at the vet while learning about his surgery needs: