MWD Torres' Surgery

I am Dan, Torres' dad. I have had the privilege of knowing this fine fellow since he was a year and a half old and now he will be 9 in May. We both served in the United States Army and that is where I met him. We went through explosives training together and he was certified as a Tactical Explosive Detection Dog (TEDD). One of the hardest things I had to do was turn him back over to the Army when he was reassigned in 2011. A sad day, like losing my best friend. 

He was retired in Febuary of 2013 because he was having problems with his back. They called and asked if I wanted to adopt him. Of course, I said yes and did a turn and burn to North Carolina to get him.

It has been almost 5 years since that day. I had to learn to trust my life to him and now he trusts his retirement to me and my wife. 

On Friday, during some routine x-rays of his back and hips, we discovered that he has a large mass on his spleen. We have now done several other x-rays, an ultrasound and bloodwork done to try to determine the cause of his mass. So far it looks like it may be benign, but we need to have his spleen removed so that it does not rupture. If the mass on his spleen ruptures, it would be life threatening. We also need to send it in for testing to know for sure if he has cancer or not.

His surgery is scheduled for December 22nd, 2017. I have attached a copy of the Estimate along with the bills for the Ultrasound and most recent X-Rays.

We do not like asking for money, but the surgery is very expensive. My wife has had a lot of medical expenses herself this year, so things are becoming very tight for us. We want to provide Torres with the best care possible during and after his surgery. He has certainly earned his right to as long and comfortable of a retirement as we can give him. This surgery allows us to do that.

We thank you for your help,
Dan and Katie (and Torres)



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Dan Stone 
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Roseville, MI
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