A month ago, one of my other dogs got into a fight. It was near fatal, and required emergency surgery costing $6,000. Several people offered to help, but I graciously refused, and said I was fine. But the truth is, I wasn't, and had to borrow it all. Fast forward a couple of weeks ago. I noticed Buddy, who has been partially paralyzed (front legs) ever since he came to me as a foster and now one of my own, having difficulty getting around. Then, I noticed he hadn't moved at all during the course of one day.
Last week, he went for an MRI ($3,800), that shows he has a herniated disk. It is compressing 80-90% of his spine, making it impossible to do anything, but lay there. He's 100% paralyzed. He looks at me, like he knows something is wrong. He can no longer hold himself upright to eat or drink, something he was able to once do on his own. The simple thing as wagging his tail when I walk in the door, he can no longer do. Buddy is only 8 years old, and this is no quality of life for a dog. Surgery can help, however, it will cost an additional $4,800. That's a total of $14,600 in medical expense in the last month, $8,600 for Buddy alone.
I am NOT asking for help with the dog in the fight. However, after all the help Buddy has provided over the years to others in need, how can I simply not ask for the same for him, when it is desperately needed? I've already received $2,200 in donations for him. The balance owed is $6,400. As I say with any dog needing pledges, any and all help is appreciated. I am hoping to get his surgery later this week, as time is of the essence. It will give him a 80% chance at going back to having some mobility and feeling like one of the other dogs in the pack.
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