Honey was rescued in 2010 from a puppy mill in Western North Carolina, where she was being used as a breeding dog. When she was rescued, she was about 3 years old. She had infections in both ears, seven teeth rotted to the bone, and an 8-day old puppy. Her puppy got adopted soon after weaning, but Honey didn't. After a year, she still hadn't been adopted. Maybe it was her shyness, or maybe she was just waiting for me.(Ok, it was her shyness). I adopted her in 2011.
Fast forward to September 2017, when she developed a growth on her lip. The vet gave us a "wait and see" diagnosis and sent us home. 8 weeks later, it was still there so I had it removed and a biopsy sent for analysis. I learned last week that it's a malignant melanoma. We saw the oncologist yesterday and learned that it hasn't metastasized to her lymph nodes or lungs (yet), which is good news, but due to its location they weren't able to remove all the cancer cells. The recommended treatment is another surgery, which will cost about $3,000, and a vaccine that was developed about 10 years ago. The initial round of injections will be about $4,000, followed by a booster every 6 months costing about $1000 each time.
Honey's favorite pastimes include treats, slow walks with lots of sniffing, and howling at things out the window. When she's excited to see you she howls and wags her tail so fast it's a blur. When she's really excited, she squeaks and her whole body wiggles. She is a destroyer of sticks and is the terror of stuffed toys everywhere. She buries them outside in the dirt where they resurface 6 months later, stinky and covered in mold. She's a bit of a "cat dog"; she likes to be in the same room so she can keep an eye on you but not close enough that you can actually pet her. But when she wants pets she lets you know by waving her paw, and then allows you to pet her until she dismisses you by walking away. She's incredibly patient and tolerant, sitting quietly while young kids pet her, or letting mom give her a bath. She doesn't have a mean or bitter bone in her body, despite everything she has to be bitter about.
I'm asking for help to fund Honey's treatment. I can't afford surgery and the vaccine, and I've gotten some varying opinions from oncologists about which is better if I can only do one. The only consensus is that both is better. If you're able to donate a few dollars to help defray the cost of treatment, I'd really appreciate it.
Thank you for reading, and for helping out my Honeybee.
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