Help me Save Bruno

Bruno’s Story

He came into my life without me looking for him, or maybe I was looking for him but didn't know it. There are so many many things we have lived together, and for now I will only share a few, hoping that you can grasp the bond we share and you can see the reason I want to do the most I can in order to relieve him from this sudden horrible pain.

Our story began one Sunday afternoon in October 2012, in Tijuana, Mexico. My mother and I were having lunch at a local plaza when this little dog appeared at the door and was staring inside. I said to my mom “Look! a dog” His little face and eyes were just looking inside, and then just walked away. Little did I know, I would remember this scene for the rest of my life.  We continued our meal and honestly didn't think much of it. To my surprise, when we walked out, he was in front of another store and was eating some dog food someone had given him. I went over to him and put my hand out hoping he would bite and let me pet him. While he ate I started noticing he was dirty, skinny and overall in bad conditions; he also didn’t show much emotion. I asked the staff at the shop what was his story, and they began to tell me that he had been wandering in that plaza for some weeks already, and didn’t seem to belong to anybody; one could tell by the look of him, and his somewhat numb personality.  To keep it short, 15 minutes, and a green collar later, we were in my car on our way to my house. Little did he know it would be his forever home. 

I made my plan: I would take him to a vet, get him checked, groomed and he would be ready for adoption and off to a good home.  He ended up being adopted to a loving home, but somehow found his way back to me a year later. Destiny had plans of its own. From there on we have been inseparable; he has been with me through so many seasons in my life, heart ache, illness, happiness, personal successes, and one that I'll be forever thankful to him: finding the love of my life.. my now husband.  Bruno decided one day in 2015, to run across the street to a handsome man walking a dog, of course, I ran after him and met the guy;  the rest is history. Yes, it sounds like a scene from a Hallmark movie, but that's just what happened. It was Bruno who brought him into my life. A couple of years later, I married that man, of course Bruno was our special guest at our wedding. Fast forward a couple years more and now we are living in Prague, Czech Republic, and are 3 weeks away from having our first baby.

Bruno has had a blast since being here. He had his first winter snow and absolutely loved it, he loves going to the forest on long walks, and chases mice in the fields.
He can smell deer from afar and has seen his share of dear, wild hogs while living here. He adjusted incredibly well, and I have loved to see him so happy here, but it has all turned round in just a couple of weeks.

When I found him at the plaza,  and took him to the vet to get checked up, the vet told me he had some type of nerve damage on his back left leg and hip, and that was why his leg would shake. He said it could be from many different things that might have happened to him, but after checking him, he mentioned it seemed he wasn't in any pain from it and he could have a normal life. I always wondered what could have caused it, but never imagined what we would discover many years later.
A coupled of months, ago Bruno started limping from his back left leg. We thought  it was just a sore leg, but it turned into him having strong pain attacks at night. It starts with muscle spasms and really strong pain in his right front leg and runs down to his chest. We immediately took him to the vet and he has given some painkillers. It turned into a week of in and out visits to the vet clinic. A few days ago after many exams, an ultrasound and an XRay, we found out Bruno has a small air gun bullet in or near his spine and that is the main suspect of his pain.

The vet said they need to make more exams in order to know for sure the cause and to see the possibility of surgery. Of course we want to do anything possible to relieve him from the pain attacks he’s been having, but the vet bills are growing and with the arrival of our baby in less than a month, we have made unplanned expenses recently and fear our possibilities of paying for the rest of the test and surgery, the chances of us paying are small at this point. So far we have spent over 400 dls and we have a CT scheduled for him in a few days which will cost another 400 dls. That's just the beginning,

He also told us that

surgery would have a cost of about 1400 dls, plus his stay in the hospital, medication and afterwards rehabilitation, averaging 5000 dls. My heart breaks every night when I'm woken up by his cries full of pain, some nights are better than others; So far, he has only had one night without any pain attacks in about two months.Medication helps but hasn't stopped his pain. We wanted and thought we would be able to wait for the surgery till after the arrival of our baby but his pain hasn't stopped and we jus can't stand to see him in pain.

If it's in your heart and within your possibilities to help with any amount, my family will forever be thankful. I know that to many people, dogs are just pets. but to me, he is my friend, my little companion.. We have lived life  together and I can't even imagine what he has been through alone before me. He loves life and he deserves every fighting ounce I can do for him, and we will do that. To everyone that has met him, you know the striking personality he has,  he is definitely one of a kind, and I cannot wait for my baby to  meet him, and grow up with him. To all our friends, you know He means so much to me, and  thank you all for your love and support.



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