If you've met him, you love him. Mozzer (short for Morrissey, named after the beloved English singer) is a Doberman Pinscher that Secondhand Mutts rescued and I promptly adopted in the late summer of 2009. He's been my constant companion since then, is a AKC Canine Good Citizen, and for many years was an ambassador for Secondhand Mutts as I volunteered and spent time on the board of directors. From Cleveland to Milwaukee to Buffalo, he has spread love and gentleness, a testament to his breed and species and their power to heal the human spirit.
Earlier this year, he developed a strange bump on his leg that I initially dismissed as your usual senior Doberman lumpiness. Recently, that bump has grown and ruptured, as seen here (sorry for the graphic nature):
After consulting with his vet at Gateway Animal Clinic, we've opted to have this mass removed and a biopsy conducted. While he's under, we're also going to remove a larger fatty lump between his left front leg and chest which can hinder his ease of movement. After his surgery, we'll be staying in Cleveland (we've been residing in Buffalo lately, but luckily I work remotely) for at least a couple weeks.
I'm turning to my friends, family, and generous strangers now to ask for help in alleviating the financial burden of this procedure. Between the initial consultation visit yesterday and the surgery next Thursday (7/24/2017), I'm looking at over $650 in expenses, excluding any related to his post-surgery recovery. Any help is greatly appreciated.