My name is Johnny Marsh and my best friend is a dog called Tiger.
I found Tiger wandering the streets of Handsworth six years ago. He was two years old, a beautiful Akita. He had a family, I took him back to them, but they didn't want him anymore because he was too big. I took him back to my flat and called the rescue centre, who said they'd pick him up the next day. By the morning, I'd decided to keep him, and he's been my pup ever since.
Tiger has been with me through all the ups and downs. Lately, it's been tough, but having him as my only constant has helped me through a very bad time in my life.
A month ago, Tiger couldn't get up. He was crying and his legs wouldn't work. Since, he's made little improvement. He can get up, with some difficulty, but his legs don't work properly and he falls over a lot.
Tiger has had an MRI scan showing a slipped disc which has breached his spinal chord. He needs surgery on to remove the damaged material.
Tiger is covered by insurance that I have paid for the last six years, like any responsible dog owner should. Unfortunately, it only covers £4000 of vets fees. The projected figure is somewhere between £9000 and £11000, including Tiger's medication, vets visits, specialists, x Rays, scans and surgery.
I have managed to pull together around £4500 myself. This is literally everything I have and it is with no hesitation that I use this money to fix my dog.
I have thought long and hard about asking for donations, but there could be countless complications, after care, medication, rehab etc which could cause the full cost of Tiger's treatment to spiral out of control. I have therefore decided to swallow my pride and accept the help that people are willing to offer.
What will the money be used for? It will be used to cover any complication or additional cost resulting from Tiger's surgery. Throughout this, I have been as transparent as I can and I will always post invoices etc for everyone to see.
If there is any excess, I would like to donate this to the Friends of Akitas Trust (reg charity no 1128641http://friendsofakitas.co.uk
). Akitas are a difficult breed to re home, as they get so attached to their owners, and not everyone researches them before they get them. This charity specialises in rehoming Akitas, and they gave me such a lot of help and advice when I first found Tiger.
Tiger's Facebolm page is www.facebook.com/savetiger59
Thank you in advance
Johnny and Tiger