Buddha stopped dead in his tracks, looked up at us with his massive eyes and began shaking uncontrollably, foaming at the mouth. We knew right away that something was seriously wrong. But we never thought this would be the beginning of the end.
When we brought Buddha home with us for the first time 6 years ago, he looked like a little alien – all pointy ears and doe-eyes. We fell instantly in love with him and since then he’s gone everywhere with us. Until just recently when he had his first seizure – with 13 more the next day - and spent the better part of two weeks in the hospital with doctors trying to figure out what was going on.
What we ultimately found out was that Buddha has a brain tumor. A brain tumor growing right in front of our eyes. And this will take him from us very soon, in a few months’ time (which is almost impossible to grasp), if we don’t do something about it.
We knew when we adopted Buddha that we’d outlive him. But we didn't know we'd lose him so young. We also didn't know we'd have a son, Hank. A son who would be absolutely enamored with his fur-brother. At 7 months, Hank is reaching out to pet Buddha and smiling uncontrollably when he gives him kisses. Buddha not being around much longer breaks our hearts. Not only for us, but for Hank who won't even have the chance to remember Buddha.
We can keep Buddha alive for several years, if not more, if he undergoes radiation treatment – but there’s a hefty cost to this. And although we have pet insurance, cancer treatment of this magnitude isn’t covered.
We have spent more than we can afford thus far, and will end up spending more. And as much as it breaks our heart we simply don’t have the money to cover further treatment.
HERE IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Please donate so we can save Buddha’s life and have years more with him. Any little bit counts – no donation is too small.
We understand everyone is fighting a battle, so if you cannot donate please know we absolutely get that. And please consider passing this along to those you believe might be interested in helping or posting on social media if you’d feel comfortable.
Any extra monies that are raised will go towards paying it forward to another animal who is in need.
Thank you so much, your support is appreciated more than you’ll ever know.
Chris, Brooke, Hank and Buddha
- Jaclyn Hashem
- Peter Seltenright
- Devika Kallergis
- Jade & Dan Jaugey
- Pamela Apfelbaum
Santa Monica, CA