Many of you that are seeing this have most likely met our dog in your photoshoot sessions with us, in passing, or on social media. Billy has been my dog since I adopted him in Iowa, and is a huge part of Chad and my family. He is literally our baby Buddha of a dog. Those of you who have met Billy can attest that he is one special being, and he even feels like his soul is that of a wise-old sage. He has the kindest, oldest spirit.
Today we took Billy to the vet for the third time this week. After $3,000 in blood tests, vet visits, medicine, ultrasounds and x-rays, we found out that Billy has a severe cancerous tumor that is taking up a majority of his liver. His liver enzymes have maxed out the charts - literally at 300x the amount a normal dog is supposed to have (130 vs. Billy's 3,391, and rising). Furthermore, because his liver is failing, Billy's immune system is going quickly, and he is also anemic now. Although he still has an appetite, he's having sharp pains and trouble eating since the tumor is pressing against his small intestines and his pancreas.
So, we need to act as fast as possible to get him his surgery. The cost of the CAT scans, the anesthesia, overnight stays at the ICU, and the complicated surgery itself was estimated at a whopping $10,844.31 up front. That's not including if anything else goes wrong or if he needs to stay another night or two.
We're asking you, our friends to share this page to people you think would possibly want to contribute, even if you yourself can't. Even $1 from each instagram follower could pay for the surgery. Literally, no donation is too small. As two healers, we choose love and light above all, and we are of the belief that energy is cyclical. Know that if you help our little guy, that the universe has ways of repaying the favor in multitudes. We thank you in advance for even just looking at our page.
Love and Light, Steven and Chad (and Billy's soul and liver)