Lend a Paw to Tricia and Bruin

Bruin is the much-loved, super-smart, Greyhound boy my sister Tricia adopted late in 2015.  He is so very sweet and is best friends with my 4 year old daughter Elena, who swears he could babysit her all by himself (sometimes I tend to agree...)!  Bruin knows no enemies, and has brought so much joy and laughter to our lives...and sometimes frustration with his antics (who can get himself out of a crate and leave it locked behind him?  Bruin of course!)!  There is never a dull moment with this silly boy!

A little over 2 weeks ago Tricia noticed a dramatic weight loss in Bruin, as well as lethargy, lack of appetite and apparent lameness in one leg.  After a MULTITUDE of tests at the vet, Bruin was diagnosed with Blastomycosis.  "Blasto" causes weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, draining sores, coughing, poor appetite, fever, blindness, bone lesions, etc.  It is often mis-diagnosed as cancer.  This was Bruin's tentative diagnosis before Tricia called a good friend and vet, who was able to guide her to the correct path.  I cannot tell you how heartbroken we were when we thought of what a cancer diagnosis could mean.  We're thankful that Bruin is now on the mend, but the resulting cost of the diagnostic tests as well as the treatment required (which will go on for months) is a huge burden for Tricia to bear. 

Tricia is a great supporter of the Greyhound Community.  She has been an adoption representative for Greyhounds Only for years, and supports many of their fundraisers.  Overall, Tricia is a wonderful person who is always there to help human or hound when needed.  Personally, I couldn't ask for a better friend or sister.  I'm putting this together for her without her knowledge, as I know she won't ask for herself.  So, on her behalf, I would sincerely appreciate any support you could offer her. 

Thank you! 
Trica and Bruin's Family
April and Elena Baker

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Organizer and beneficiary

April Baker 
Forest Park, IL
Patricia Goebel 
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