Just before Halloween, Lido became suddenly and acutely ill. After finding him nearly unconscious and paralyzed from the waist down, Kate rushed him to VSEC, an emergency vet in South Philly. There the doctors went straight to work, and discovered Lido was dangerously anemic.
He was given a blood transfusion, but his doctors weren't sure it would be enough to save his life. Lido was admitted to the critical care unit, and Kate left the hospital not knowing if she would ever see his wet eyed grin again.
Over the coming days, Lido remained hospitalized and in serious condition. Kate took off work, sitting with him for as long as the nurses would allow and hand feeding him wet food. Most of it ended up in his cone.
Hundreds of miles away, Chris fretted from the back of a tour bus. He FaceTimed from truck stops, bunk beds, and green rooms. Lido was too sleepy to appreciate it, but Kate valued the support.
After four days in the hospital, Lido's condition started to improve. His red blood cell count crept towards the normal range, and he began to lust after donuts again. Cautiously optimistic, Kate and Chris were finally able to bring Lido home and begin an outpatient treatment program.
Lido's not out of the woods yet, and both his emergency and continuing care haven't been cheap. So far, Kate and Chris have spent close to $5,000 out of pocket. Despite the financial burden, they chose to do everything in their power to help.
If you've made it to this page, it's likely you know and love one or more of these creatures. It's likely you've encountered their unfaltering warmth and hospitality, their friendship and support. Or maybe you just rubbed their belly at Penn Treaty. But regardless of how you know them, they could use your help. And while Kate and Chris would never ask for charity, Lido definitely would. So give Lido your money. He promises not to spend it all on cheese fries.
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