Fitz & his brother Frosty are my two dog-children. Fitz gets his name because I have enjoyed watching Larry Fitzgerald do his wondrous catches over the years with the Cardinals. Frosty was supposed to be Warner, ‘cuz they made such a good team together, but Frosty was stubborn and would not answer to anything else. That’s okay as there is a Frostee Rucker tie in with the Cardinals so it worked out all right after all.
Fitz ( and Frosty) will be turning 6 years on Dec. 16th and until now has been very healthy, playful & the life of the “parti”. Fitz is considered to be white with black - any Dalmation would be jealous of his spots and Frosty is considered to be white with cream.
Recently he developed some lameness in his back legs & at first I thought he had tweaked a leg playing with brother Frosty . Other symptoms started to develop – wasn’t running or jumping, appetite loss, etc. He has been to the vet several times and had blood draws twice testing for Valley Fever and Tick Fever which both came back negative. Was put on an anti-inflammatory med and an antibiotic at this point. Appetite wasn’t getting better and I was cooking fresh ground chuck for his breakfast & dinner. His mobility was getting worse in his hind legs and he had become very wobbly.
Sunday, the 22nd, he wouldn’t even eat the cooked ground chuck & later in the day he started bleeding form the nose. The first bleeding stopped and then started again only a little bit more and when he was laying down and not being active. We went to the emergency hospital where he ended up spending both Sunday & Monday nights while they did some additional blood draws and some x-rays. He also continued to have the nose bleeding issue. Not constant but it continued. Arrangements were made for him to be transferred to a specialist hospital in North Scottsdale for more in-depth testing and procedures.
I transferred him over there this morning and met his internal medicine specialist who is going to do a litany of tests and procedures including an abdominal ultrasound, and CT Scan and Rhinoplasty among others.
My dilemma is that I live paycheck to paycheck as most people in this country do these days. Savings is non-existent. How is all this being paid for? A very dear friend and devout animal lover is helping out as she, like me, feels Fitz is too young to not find out what is wrong.
Estimate for today only is approximately $5,000.00. spent to date about $1,800.00. Who knows what expense is to follow once the doctors can determine a diagnosis for what is going on.
My Fitzy needs help so his mother can repay her friend for her kind generosity to get us over this hurdle. Fitz’s mother cannot work enough years to even come close to trying to repay her for this unexpected expense. Any help & prayers would be so greatly appreciated!
For you football fans (the only time of the year I look forward to) I came up with a “game” to involve my 2 “boys” when I watch my games. We play “Treats for Touchdowns”. We are a dual team household – that is allowed, by the way. Of course, the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers (I am originally from Wausau, Wisconsin many years ago). Fitz & Frosty wear their official Arizona Cardinals jerseys every game – as you can see in their picture . They understand the word touchdown and immediately go to where the treat jars are kept!
Please help Fitz be around for a very long time. Frosty needs him around too, they have never been separated.
Thank you so very, very much!!
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