Help Bruce Get Better!

Our dear little Bruce is a four year old mini dachshund. He is such a special part of our family, and brings joy to everyone he meets, with his floppy ears and his big heart.  He helped with our wedding proposal, and has been a key part of our lives since the day we brought him home.

On January 3, 2018, we had to rush Bruce to the 24-hour vet because he had been showing signs of severe illness (not eating, unable to stand comfortably, hiding in corners).  Upon examination, it appeared that Bruce may have had a blockage and had to undergo emergency surgery.  After surgery, it was determined he didn’t have a blockage so his biopsy results were sent out for testing (the result was inflammatory bowel disease).  In the meantime, Bruce struggled to recover from surgery, was experiencing blood loss and extremely low platelets.  It was recommended that he be transferred to a specialist hospital, Oradell Animal Hospital  in Paramus, NJ.  Bruce has been in critical care at Oradell for over a week, where they discovered that he suffers from an autoimmune disease (ITP), which was attacking his body and platelets.  In a normal case, there is a strong survival rate, but since Bruce is just recovering from surgery, he has struggled to get strong enough to heal from surgery and combat the autoimmune.  It is heartbreaking to see him have to experience so much pain.

Thanks to the fantastic doctors at Oradell, Bruce is slowly but surely getting stronger and boosting his platelet levels.  He’s still not home which is devastating, but we are hopeful we’ll get to bring our little guy home soon.

This fund is to help us cover the cost of Bruce's medical expenses, which unfortunately were much higher than anticipated due to all of the complications, especially as he continues his stay in the hospital.  Any amount helps us get back on our feet and would be greatly appreciated.

Bruce’s parents (Alex & Dan)

  • Kevin Yeckley 
    • $100 
    • 57 mos
  • Ashley Hendrickson 
    • $25 
    • 57 mos
  • Jonathan Miller 
    • $20 
    • 58 mos
  • Gabrielle and Jon Hollis 
    • $500 (Offline)
    • 58 mos
  • Bella and Bailey the Dachies 
    • $20 
    • 58 mos
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Alexandra Torcasi 
Maplewood, NJ

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