Jan 7, 2020
Piggy just got diagnosed with a second form of cancer, a mast cell tumor in his left front armpit. :(
We spent all day at NC State Veterinary Hospital yesterday, and he had every kind of test to find out how far it may have spread. So far, we know it is definitely a mast cell tumor, and that it must be removed. We will get more updates tonight on how the rest of his organs are doing, but either way he needs surgery to have a chance.
Piggy has been an inspiration to countless more people than we could have imagined around the world in the past year, even more than in previous years. And youth everywhere have been following his story:
He is the face of children's education programs in marginalized communities in four continents, bringing hope and transforming communities where there was devastation. He is a representative of the UN Stakeholder Group for Persons with Disabilities, as a working dog and as a story of overcoming, showing children to be proud of their superpower of being different.
He has helped children find the motivation to move, after brain injuries kept them immobile. He has helped so many children overcome their phobias. And he has helped children who were mute, find their voice.
Piggy deserves the best, happiest, and longest life and retirement possible, after a lifetime of helping children and saving so many from despair. And he's my service dog who keeps me functioning.
Please help him get his surgery and follow up care to give him a chance. The chance he deserves, the chance all of us want for him. For all the good he does!
Piggy has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. :(
In addition, he was also diagnosed in the same round of tests with lyme disease, and this weekend he was diagnosed with arthritis. This is all devastating of course, and we have so many treatments and tests coming up in the face of all this.
However, cancer and arthritis are all problems that a huge number of amputee dogs face, so we'd like to give Piggy the treatment he needs, as well as make a platform to develop and showcase treatments that people probably don't even know dogs can get.
Piggy will continue to get care from the Animal Medical Center and the Hanger Clinic, and we are all working together to create a regimen to help him through these tragedies as well as help him walk during it all, although we can only do it with your help.
Thank you all so much for everything you're doing to help give this boy the best senior years he could have!
Piggy, my therapy dog, who helps me through severe health issues, calms me down during PTSD episodes, who has been there through every up and down and depression through the years, needs our help for once.
Piggy is a nine year old dog who has been three legged ever since puppyhood. He was hit by a bus in the Dominican Republic at six months old, and went a month without any vet care after. Needless to say, he was suffering and a mess by the time we met him.
We brought him home with us, and he had an amazing transformation driven by his determination and love for everyone.
Determined to help everyone who suffers as he did, he quickly sought out people he could tell were injured or hurt whenever he went on a walk. Not too long after, he became a therapy dog, working with inspiring children with special needs whom he adores.
He helps everyone and is always there for me and all his friends, but now that he's nine years old, his one back leg is feeling the strain of time, and I need to carry him more often on walks when his leg finally gets too tired to keep walking.
But there's a possible solution! Piggy and I have been to so many prosthetics makers, looking for a solution to give him his other back leg, and all have said he was amputated too high to give him a standard prosthetic.
That is, until we went to the Hanger Clinic a couple weeks ago. They said this was unprecedented, but they're going to work to figure out a solution together. If they can create a prosthetic for him, it would not only help him relieve the pressure from his only back leg, and improve his quality of life considerably, but it would help countless other dogs who have had to be amputated in ways that would not allow a traditional prosthetic.
For his prosthetic, an updated brace for his other leg, and at least one veterinary therapy session to help him learn to use the prosthetic together with his brace, we'll need at least $2000.
All of this will go directly to this essential and groundbreaking medical care. It will save a wonderful dog whom so many count on right now, and it will help countless other dogs who will appreciate finally having a prosthetic leg solution in the future!
Will you help save us? :)