I never thought I'd ever find myself at this place of asking for or relying on the generosity of friends and even strangers for help, but here I am. As some of you know we have Ruger, a beautiful English Mastiff who without a doubt is the sweetest dog I've ever had. He's only 5 1/2 years old and has a lot of life left in him. He recently incurred a partial ACL tear in his rear left leg. At the time it was believed that it could heal on its own with rest, exercise and meds. However, likely due to his weight (200lbs+), it tore completely and subsequently he incurred a partial tear in his rear right leg in the course of waiting until we could meet with an orthopedic specialist. They recommended surgery to repair the left leg and we may even be facing repair to the right leg but we're not 100% sure yet. Needless to say, I left their office devastated because the anticipated cost of the surgery and rehab is honestly quite daunting and really more than we can afford. So, I was faced with having to place a value on Ruger's life and ultimately making that dreaded decision of taking that final journey to the Rainbow Bridge...all because of money which sickened me. In the course of preparing myself for losing him, my son Alex, who refuses to give up on him is convinced he still has life left in him and deserves a chance to live. And at the end of the day, I had to agree we have to at least try. So we're rolling the dice and putting our money and faith in Ruger (and God) and the fact he's in good health otherwise. Those of you who have or have had pets know how deep your love is for them - you can't measure or quantify it. He has brought us so much joy, love and honestly, a lot of comfort for me through some difficult times. He's almost been more human than dog. I know that may sound strange but maybe it's his size, or the way he looks at me with his eyes and the way he talks to me. Yes, he actually talks and calls for me and it sounds like he's saying "Mama"! Some of you have heard him so you know what I'm talking about. It's almost ridiculous but ridiculously sweet!
He is already in the care of Quartet Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Cary, NC. He has lost most of his mobility and even desire to eat or drink so they are taking care of him until surgery can be scheduled which I anticipate will be as early as tomorrow, Monday, August 13 so time is of the essence and the charges have already started coming in and subsequently so have the panic attacks!
I can't begin to tell you how much any amount is placed on your heart to give will mean to us. Much like I can't put a price on Ruger's life, I won't be able to express just how much this will mean to me, Alex and Ruger. Those of you who know me, know I don't like asking for help and as I mentioned, I never thought I'd find myself here. I much prefer to give but today I'm going against every fiber of my being and am asking for your mercy, generosity, kindness and your prayers. And please know, that if you can't or choose not to give, know that it is ok. I only ask that you keep us in your prayers and share our story. Those prayers are invaluable to us as well. Thank you all so much in advance from the bottom of our hearts anything and everything you choose to do for us during this time.
Cheryl, Alex and Ruger
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