Gigi's Bruno

Dear friends of Virginia - most of you who know Virginia, also knew Bailey - her chihuahua and Gigi's Paddleboard Rentals official mascot. They were a unit. After Bailey's sad passing not long ago, Bruno came along and found Gigi, helping heal the gaping hole in her heart. Bruno is only 18 weeks old now. He is a timid little fella. Yesterday, he was in the arms of one of his new favorite humans, when he was startled by a loud noise. Bruno got scared and jumped from her arms before she could even react. For a teenie tiny chihuahua dog it's a long way down to the ground, and upon impact, he broke both his front legs.

His vet clinic's amazing and compassionate staff did (and are doing) their very best to find the best solution for repairing the fractures. The quotes for surgery on both legs were off island and estimated at $6000-7500. After a full day of consultations and referral options for a viable treatment option and even-though surgery would be best on both legs, a concession has been reached to only do surgery on the one with the worst break, near the growth plates. It was decided that setting and casting the other leg is a reasonable option and has lowered the estimated cost to $5000.

As most of you know - our pets own our hearts. The turmoil of making a decision between the life of your pet versus a monetary bill beyond your monetary means is gut-wrenching to say the least. Having recently lost Bailey, and having to put down her 18 year old cat, Super Dave all in the same year has been pretty devastating.

Asking for help is also gut-wrenching... 

Virginia will manage some of this on her own - but the total is beyond her emergency budget. We all have limits as to what we can afford, and having to decide the fate of a furry family member because of money really, really sucks. The decision to do surgery is imminent. He should have it today as leaving the fractures very long will only sustain further damage to his soft tissue and increase risk for a successful recovery.

The bottom line is this. If you are able, and it feel right to do so, any contribution towards Bruno's vet bills would be graciously and humbly appreciated. It is a personal decision to do this by each one of you, and that choice is respected without any judgement whatsoever.
**Any donations received will be refunded immediately should the choice be made not to proceed with the surgery**

Thank you for every kind thought - those are priceless.

  • Michelle Herbst Sutor 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Nancy Ostenberg 
    • $50 
    • 50 mos
  • Francisco Cumayas 
    • $40 
    • 50 mos
  • Lisa Egan 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
    • $300 
    • 50 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Rhonda Peterson 
Salt Spring Island, BC
Virginia Judd 

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