Many of you may know this already but Coby is my best friend. We met about 3 years ago but it was out of an odd circumstance that he chose me to be his mom about 1 year later. I took Coby in and within hours he had stolen my heart forever. It’s been a pretty brutal year for us.. he took care of me after I had knee surgery. When left with my heart broken and leaving our home, we had to move 5 times in a few months span while on crutches. I’ve been a recovering addict for years but my depression worsened with no hope in sight, Coby truly saved my life. He’s the reason I got up in the morning and the reason I could fall asleep at night. This dog is incredibly special, and not just to me.. He is an active member in the North Brooklyn society. He does service at AA and comes with me to the soup kitchen I work at. He’s the shop dog when I barber in Williamsburg and then he walks me to all his favorite stores that he knows give the best treats. He’s my emotional support animal but more so, he’s my soul mate. And I’m trying to save his life now. I can’t lose him, I think he knows I need him and I’m not ready to give up. He’ll be 8 years old at Christmas and I’ve only been blessed to call him mine for 2 of those. I am prepared to let go of my boy when he’s ready, but he has so much more love to give and so much more life in him, I know this.
(Graphic content..) Just under 2 weeks ago I woke up to a blood covered bed and walls. This then continued for a week and a half, in and out of my vet with testing and medicine and crying and rushing around in extreme angst trying to figure out how to help him and find some answers and none were coming. He’s been losing weight pretty abruptly and my once very fit and meaty boy is now bone thin and struggling to keep anything on. We spent the past 5 days in and out of the ICU with 1 overnight procedure that had extreme complications.. after CT scans and a rhinoscopy his blood pressure was spiking and he continued to hemorrhage. They tied an artery to stop the blood but it was only a bandaid. I will find out in a few days what the biopsy will come back with, so we continue to play the waiting game which we’re getting quite good at by now..
However, this is where you can help. It’s been 2 weeks and I have spent $6,000. I’m eternally grateful for an angel who has been helping me cover some costs while I figure out a way to pay them back. I am still hopeful that this could be a fluke but the C word is in play and haunting us in every form (cancer). I’m not someone who has that kind of money saved for a rainy day, as you can probably determine by my work choices.. and we both need help to cover these outrageous bills. I’d sell my soul for this dog but nobody’s buying at the moment so here I am, asking for the help because pride won’t save him and prayer can only go so far. I hope everyone knows how appreciated the support has been thus far in this process. If you can’t donate please do not feel pressured, I completely understand! But maybe you can share our story in hopes that we reach enough people who could afford to. There are a lot of people who love this dog, it’s about time I stopped crying and started taking action for him to get the help and support he needs in order to take care of what has happened and whatever might come next. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions or updates or if you’d like more photos/videos of him because he’s so damn cute!! I will do whatever I need to do in order to make sure Coby has as many hugs and kisses and tucked in blankets and treats and toys and love and head rubs and belly scratches and peanut butter spoons and cuddle sessions until this nightmare is over and hopefully we can go back to being the dynamic duo of our own lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and my sweet boy Coby, my hero.
- Lauren Merchant
- Spencer O’Nan
- Holley S.