The human animal bond is a relationship unlike any other. Often times, our pets become our best friends, and us theirs. We do everything in our power to protect them and provide them with the best life we can, for as long as we can. In the unfortunate cases where we fall short of this, we are consumed by an indescribable sense of helplessness. However, the power and strength of community can overcome one's helplessness when it comes to our shared love for these loyal companions.
Brutus is a 5 year old male English Mastiff whose best friend is his human, Ted. Brutus and Ted have an unbreakable bond that is obvious to anyone who meets them. The 160 lb "gentle giant" is happiest when he is near, or laying on top of, his best buddy, Ted. A lover of all humans though, Brutus has an infectious personality and quality about him that brings joy to everyone he meets.
When Brutus started showing signs of abdominal discomfort and GI issues, there was no question but to bring him to a veterinarian.
After X-rays and blood work, the vet advised Brutus be taken to the emergency room right away. His GI tract was severely compromised and the cause needed to be confirmed by an ultrasound before further action could be taken.
The ER vet confirmed the presence of a foreign object obstructing Brutus' small intestines. Emergency surgery was later performed that evening.
If it weren't for the diligent and compassionate doctors and staff at Raintree Animal Hospital and Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital, Brutus may have had to say goodbye to his best friend that night. Thankfully, Brutus' surgery was successful and he is currently in recovery.
Inevitably, in just two days, Brutus and Ted have accumulated a medical bill of over $6500. These costs include the ER visit, surgery, X-rays, ultrasounds, other diagnostic tests and overnight care. After exhausting their Care Credit limit and several months savings, Brutus and Ted are in need of our help.
Your generosity will be appreciated beyond words. Brutus has a long road of recovery ahead, however he has the strength and willpower to fight through. If Brutus could thank you, I know he would thank each and every one who helped bring him back to his human, his best friend.
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