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I never thought I would be in the position where I had to ask friends, family, old acquaintances and even complete strangers for money...but here I am...

My 6 year old dog Fielder has been sick for the last 3 weeks. Vets have determined that he suffers from Protein Losing Enteropathy Syndrome (PLE), which means proteins are leaking out of his digestive system into his gut (for more details see below website)  


http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-diseases-conditions-a-z/protein-losing-enteropathy-ple-dogs 


Because of this, he has barely been able to eat a full meal in the last three weeks, often eating little to nothing for days and as a result has lost about 15lbs. He was already a lean 70lb dog, but has lost significant muscle mass and is emaciating due to lack of energy and food intake.

PLE is often a symptom of something much worse including cancer, stomach ulcers, and several other diseases. The only way to confirm is to perform an endoscopy to collect liver, intestine, and stomach biopsies to properly treat the underlying cause. This treatment costs more than $3k in most cases and thus my need to start this campaign. I have already paid upwards of $2k towards initial tests, ultrasounds, X-rays and blood work to find out more investigatory procedures are needed and I unfortunately cannot afford these. I have made several attempts to enroll Fielder into trials at UC Davis to help offset some of the costs, but unfortunately there are no openings for studies that match his condition.

To those of you who are not pet owners and cannot understand why I would elect to spend this much on my dog, there is nothing I can do to explain how much he means to me. I just have to ask out of the bottom of my heart for your generosity and support to help move forward and hopefully get enough information to begin the right treatment. For those of you who are pet owners, I also don't need to explain since I am sure you wouldn't hesitate to do the same for your pet.

Please consider donating to this cause, to those of you who know Fielder, you know what a sweet, loving boy he is and to those of you who don't I hope through successful treatment he can make a full recovery so that you too can meet him. 

Thank you so much for your generosity.

Love, Claire and Fielder

For any money that is donated above what is needed for procedures will be donated to Sacramento SPCA.
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I am heart broken to update everyone that my baby lost his battle with Lymphoma last Thursday. I am so thankful to everyone for keeping us in your thoughts and for those who have reached out with their condolences, you have no idea how much it means.

From my last update, Fielder's condition continued to decline rapidly regardless of a dose increase in Prednisone, several GI medications meant to help control his diarrhea and even a chemo treatment at UC Davis. Sadly none of these efforts were effective. I am so grateful that this did not have to be a financial decision thanks to everyone's amazing generosity I was able to try every available option to slow down the rapid progress of the disease and make Fielder as comfortable as possible.

Throughout his remaining days, Fielder was able to spend quality time sunning himself in the backyard, relaxing in heaps of blankets on my bed, snuggling on the couch (which was never something he was allowed to go on before) and getting all the treats his little stomach was able to eat.

Again, I cannot put into words how thankful I am for everyone of you and the support you have given. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing support system and it has made this devastating time immensely less difficult knowing I have you behind me.

There will never be another dog like Fielder and I am so thankful we had each other, even if our time was so unfairly cut short. Saying goodbye to him was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do but it gives me so much comfort knowing he is no longer suffering anymore. He is so greatly missed by not only myself but everyone who knew him. He was the best pup.

I attached some of my favorite pictures of him over the last years when he was a healthy, happy, boy.
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It is with an extremely heavy heart that I share the devastating news we received late Friday afternoon…Fielder has been diagnosed with Alimentary Lymphoma which is a fatal cancer of the intestines. This is a rare, but aggressive form of Lymphoma (found in about 5% of dogs diagnosed with Lymphoma) and carries at the most, a life expectancy of 4-6 months. There is no known cause for how or why Alimentary Lymphoma develops in dogs, it is simply bad luck.

Fielder and I were fortunate enough meet with an Oncologist today where they began a regiment of Prednisone to help minimize some of his current symptoms (weight loss, diarrhea, loss of appetite). While Prednisone has a high likelihood of making Fielder feel “normal” again, it is only a short term solution and at best will only give him relief for 2-3 weeks before his cancer symptoms return. In addition to the Prednisone, Fielder was also given a B12 shot and Folic Acid to help increase his energy and appetite.

We have a return visit with the Oncologist next Friday where they will evaluate Fielder’s response to the Prednisone and decide together on next course of action. There are several chemo options available that we can pursue based upon how well Fielder responds to the current Prednisone therapy but ultimately there is no pathway for recovery or remission for this type of cancer, it is now a question of how long chemo treatments can prolong his time while still maintaining the highest quality of life.

Thank you to everyone for sending their good thoughts, it means the world to us.

Love,
Claire and Fielder
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We are still speechless at the continuing donations and good thoughts we are receiving! Again, we cannot thank everyone enough for their support!

Today, Fielder underwent his Endoscopy and did fantastic! According to the vet the procedure went very smoothly with five successful biopsy samples taken along with a thorough scope to examine the visual conditions of his GI tract. He had two biopsies from his stomach, two from his upper intestine and one from his middle intestine, all which have been sent to labs at Texas A&M Veterinarian hospital for review.

From the scope, the doctor could see Fielder’s upper intestines showed an immense amounts of abnormal inflammation and some recent scaring. While this is concerning to see this level of damage, it gives us hope that samples taken from this area could help reveal an underlying disease. One thing they did not see on the scope which is a huge relief is any tumorous masses so tentatively he thinks we can rule out several kinds of malignant cancers.

Besides being very groggy and drooly (from the additional fluids they gave him during his procedure), Fielder is recovering wonderfully. And while he is visibility out of sorts, he still has his sweet Fielder disposition.

We are told there is a good chance of getting a portion of the test results by Friday which, fingers crossed, will help point us towards the best treatment options and next steps for the road to recovery. Until then, Fielder will be comfortably snuggled up in blankies, getting all the love and attention I can give him.

Lots of Love,
Claire and Fielder
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Today was not a real day...

Merely 12 hour ago I nervously posted this campaign unsure of the outcomes and have been absolutely shocked and truly moved at the outpouring of love and support from family, friends (new and old) and even people I haven't been fortunate enough to have met.

Thanks to everyone's amazingly generous support, Fielder and I have already raised 2/3rds of our fundraising goal! Though the Go Fund Me total reads $2,830, we have received donations via other platforms that bring the grand total raised thus far to $3,080.

Fielder also seemed to feel the good vibes flowing his way as he had one of his better days in terms of energy and food consumption in the last few weeks. He ate a few small bites of chicken in the morning and then was able to eat a few pieces at dinner. He also attempted a game of Frisbee and actually trotted after the toss before plopping down to sun himself on the patio.

Tomorrow Fielder undergoes an endoscopy that will take several small samples of his liver, intestine and stomach. Hopefully the results of these biopsies will help uncover the underlying disease that is causing his PLE and more importantly bring us one step closer to understanding the best treatment path. Fortunately this is an outpatient procedure so will be discharged in the evening to get all the pets and attention he needs at home. While there is a few days turnaround, we have been told that biopsy results could be available as early as Friday.

There are truly no words that convey how incredibly grateful we both are for the generosity that has helped us get this far. We will continue to send updates with any progress towards getting our guy back to his normal Fielder self.

Much love,
Claire and Fielder
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