Taco

Hi everyone,

If you know me, you know my LOVE for my dog, my fur baby, Taco. He's my world. Unfortunately a little over a month ago my world crumbled...we found a tumor in Taco's brain. Devastating news. Pretty serious stuff. He hasn't been felling well :( Not seeing him be the charismatic, fun loving, beach going , playful dog has been really hard but I can not and will not give up on him...he hasn't given up either. He's a fighter. Any one who's ever met Taco falls in love with him immediately. He has this amazing energy and is such a happy dog. So seeing him sad has been very very hard on me. I sometimes get those moments of excitment and playfulness from him, which I will always cherish and I'm grateful for those moments he gives me. Especially because I know he is not feeling well. He's still trying to make me happy and give me joy even though he's in pain. I'm grateful for every second he has given me. So much joy and love. And I want to make sure these moments continue.

He's my family and I need to do the best for him to get better. After a lot of research, time, discussing options and many sleepless nights I found a doctor in Minnesota that does these very challenging surgeries. Dr. Liz Pluhar is doing amazing things with dogs that have brain tumors and her research is helping humans with cancer as well. Here are some links about her work:

https://www.neurosurgery.umn.edu/news/brain-tumor-research-using-pet-dogs-creates-gateway-helping-human-patients

https://www.vetmed.umn.edu/centers-programs/clinical-investigation-center/current-clinical-trials/canine-brain-tumor-clinical-trials-program

I was excited to finally speak to Dr. Pluhar this morning. It has taken me about a month to get in contact with her.  I can give him a chance and remove this tumor and preserve his quality of life...give him a chance to run on the beach again. He LOVES the beach :) Unfortunately this surgery is no longer funded (it use to be because it was for research but she told me today it no longer is funded) and I need to raise money to make this happen. I have spent the last month in and out of the vet, flying him to Florida from the Bahamas to get his MRI which has been extremely costly. I'm reaching out to my friends and family for some help. Taco needs it and I need it as well. I do not like doing this and I'm tearing even writing this but I need to fight for him and get him the best care I can. It is my duty as his mommy.  Although the surgery is pretty complicated, this is the best option for him. I'm tryin to get him to Minnesota for the surgery on July 28th.

The money I'm trying to raise is strictly to pay for his surgery and travel to get there. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Taco and I thank you for taking the time to read this. Say a prayer and send good energy for my little guy. Please share with friends and help me raise money to get Taco's paws sandy again!

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

With Love,
Monica & Taco













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Monica Hutchinson 
Organizer
Chicago, IL
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