Gemma's TPLO Surgery

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Raised by 142 people in 57 months
Two and a half years ago, someone was selling pit bull puppies outside of a Togo's. It was a HOT summer day and there were two puppies left from a litter of sixteen. They were away from mama and were unsuccessfully being given water out of a cup. One of the two pups would not leave my two-year-old daughter's side as we tried to leave. She was panting and extremely hot but wanted nothing more than the warmth of my daughter's heart. It was love at first sight, really. I swallowed my pride as a rescue advocate, forked over the money, and we drove away. Little did I know that this dog would be the most loving creature I have ever met.

Even as a puppy, her knees always seemed to bother her. When she squatted to urinate, she wouldn't fully bend them. She was also unable to jump up on even the lowest furniture. With her being a product of backyard breeding, we expected the worst.  Her daddy happens to be a veterinary technician of 12 years. He took her into the hospital he works for to be assessed, as we noticed excessive stiffness in her hind legs. Radiographs showed that her cranial cruciate ligaments both had buttresses. We were told she is in need of a Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy or TPLO. She has always had good days and bad days. We have treated her with Rimadyl when she seems to be very painful, which hasn't been all that often. As more time passes, though, we can see her legs becoming stiffer and she is more hesitant to jump up on furniture, get out of bed, and walk up the stairs. We know that soon it will be too severe to treat with pain medication, so we have decided to reach out and ask for ANY help we can get. We are struggling on one income with two children at the moment, so any help we can get is beyond appreciated. She is a wonderful dog with a heart of gold. I have never seen so much love in an animal. She has been the rock of our family in good times and bad. We just want to return the favor and give back to her. We just want to see our baby be comfortable and no longer painful.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We appreciate any and all help we can get.

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Dear friends, family, and those we've not had the pleasure of meeting,

The past few days have been a whirlwind of emotion. Since Gemma's video went viral, I've heard things that NO mother should ever have to hear. I've been told I don't deserve children. I've had people tell me they think Child Protective Services should take my children from me for endangering them. I even had someone go as far as saying he would love to see the expression on my face when I find my son ripped to shreds by Gemma. I'm writing this in tears not only because of how hateful people can be, but because out of all the ugliness in the world, people choose to direct their anger towards an ANIMAL. I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, but I want you all to know exactly where I am coming from when I say the following:

I may not know some of you, but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Those of you who have supported us- in the form of donations, sharing our story, offering kind words, defending us, and giving your advice on her upcoming surgery- you are a breath of fresh air. You've been the rock I stand upon when I hold my head high and fight for Gemma. Regardless of all the rotten people I and my boyfriend have fallen victim to, YOU are what makes this all worthwhile. Seeing the way the pitbull community comes together makes me so happy to be part of something so special. The passion you folks have for animals is truly admirable. So THANK YOU. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU! I love you all.

When I started this fundraiser, I never imagined we would have so much success. I'm shocked by how generous and good-hearted you people have been. Although we have reached our goal, I'm going to keep this page up in order to update you all on her progress in the upcoming weeks. Please stay in contact with us via either this page or Instagram. Your positive comments and pictures of your fur babies bring a smile to my face.

Thanks again for everything..
CHEERS! WE DID IT!

With love,
Briana, Gemma's mommy
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We've reached the home stretch! I have finally updated the goal amount to reflect the total cost of everything that we will need for both surgeries and the consultation. I never even expected to raise enough for one of her kneesI We cannot believe the generosity that we have witnessed in the past few weeks since we made this page. Thank you all so much! I've cried tears of joy the past three days! She has a consultation scheduled in a week and a half. I will keep you all posted!

Wet, slobbery smooches from Gemma & hugs from her humans go out to you all!
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You are all INCREDIBLE! The kindness we've witnessed from friends and family speaks volumes, but the donations of complete strangers makes my heart hurt. Thank you all so much! I can't believe it!
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Melissa Valenti
54 months ago

Briana, first let me say that I am so happy that you reached your goal and I certainly hope little Gemma is doing well. It warms my heart to see a family that is willing to do anything and everything to help God's most precious creatures...dogs (specifically pit bulls). I just lost my little girl on September 23rd. She was a pit bull/beagle mix who lived to be nearly 18 years old. She was the love of my life and gave of herself so unconditionally to all people and children and all other animals, big and small. Please remember to treasure every moment you have with her and know that there is a family across the country pulling for a speedy recovery and a long happy life for Gemma.

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Lisa Clark
56 months ago

Briana, I cant give anything but love, support and prayers for what you are doing. I too have a pit bull, Honey, who is 15. She has grown up with my kids and is a very well behaved dog, never a problem. We are the advocates for this breed, to show people that are not educated about them, how loveable and dedicated they really are. I was in your situation 4 years ago, Honey loved to go on the trampoline with my boys and she broke her elbow and needed a total replacement. Everyone I talked to said to put her down it was too much money. Now money is too much when it comes to a faithful companion like ours, se we had the surgery, she recovered and she still runs around like a puppy!! My neighbors have grown to love her and give her treats and she even likes to go over and sit on the neighbors porch'; we live in a tight neighborhood and know eachothers dogs. Keep your spirits up and praying for a quick recovery for your dog

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Michelle Fuller
56 months ago

So very happy Gemma is going to get the care that she needs. I love the pics and videos of your lovely family that you share with all of us. I was reading your story about how you bought Gemma in front of a grocery store. Even though it is the best to adopt, sometimes you can be saving a life by buying a dog. We bought our Pittie mix from some people that visibly didn't care too much about her. They told us how they were going to take her to some guy they knew to cut her ears. That's when I had to have her, to protect her. You did an awesome thing by bringing her into your family❤

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Carmen Soto
56 months ago

So happy she will get her treatment. Xoxo

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Audra Upton
56 months ago

I'm happy to see your fur baby is much happier and healthier...much love from one animal lover to another

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Cassandra Wible
56 months ago

I'm raising money for Disabled Broke And Starving. Click to Donate: http://t.co/UtRRsGoebF #spreadtheword

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Dianna Brown
56 months ago

Anybody who says bad things about pitbulls has never owned or known one and depends entirely too much upon the media. OR they are just plain old stupid.

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Randy Clark
56 months ago

People that sned hateful messages because Gemma is a PIt Bull have never owned a Pit Bull. As a life long Lab and Golden lover I stumbled on to Pit Bulls while volunteering with a rescue group and boy am I glad I did. I now have two Pits and a Lab, my Pits love me to death even more than my Lab if you can believe that. Pits are devoted, loving and oh so athletic making them so fun. Have an issue with Pits foster one and you will adopt one and maybe more Pits RULE!

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Leslie Yager
56 months ago

stumbled on this story while procrastinating... glad I did. What a beautiful dog. Fantastic photos and outpouring of support makes me hopeful the world will wake up and not demonize these dogs. Good luck to Gemma in the surgery!

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Catherine Morris
56 months ago

I would love to see Gemma's video. So VERY sorry that ignorant people are being unpleasant to you and your family, please just ignore them. Pit Bull type dogs are the BEST and are VERY loving dogs just like any other dog!!!!

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Keith Batt
56 months ago

To those without knowlegdge about PB "I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer". -- Barbara Woodhouse. Whether Pit-bull or Poodle any human can train a dog to be aggressive; or they can be trained to be loving and caring. A pit bull can be trained to know when it is and when it is not appropriate to display its innate aggression and assertiveness. As a side bar statistic, though there are more fatalities due to Pit-bull attacks, there are more attacks/bite incidents initiated by German Shepherds and Chows (CDC 1979 to 1996). That aside, take care of Gemma and continue to sponsor an environment that promotes love vs. hate of humans.

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Annette Regueyra
56 months ago

I just came across your story and I am so happy to see there are so many generous people in the world. Ignore all those that do not understand the love of an animal and who do not understand they too have feelings. Pitbulls are one of the most loving animals I've seen, I've always said it's the person raising the pitbull that determines their aggression. Have you seen the story of Michael Vicks dogs? Most of the dogs have gone to live in great homes and are no longer aggressive animals. I wish you many more years of Gemma's love!!!

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Janet Hill
56 months ago

I am so sorry that there are so many ignorant people in this world. Gemma looks like a sweetheart and I am so happy she will get her surgery. To all those hateful people that have nothing better to do than try to hurt others, go away. You are not welcome here!

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Robin Unruh
56 months ago

Yeah for Gemma! Thank you for taking care of her while she takes care of your family! Pit Bulls get a bad rep because of how they are trained. Thinking of everyone as Gemma prepares for this surgery!

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Josee Charbonneau
56 months ago

People are ignorant, don't bother with their comments. Only you and your family know this dog for real. She is beautiful and looks like a wonderful loving dog to your kids. Wishing you the best, :)

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Denise Kato
56 months ago

Briana, I'm sorry that there are people out there that say nasty, cruel things. Please continue to know that there are so many of us out here that support you, your family, and Gemma! She is a doll and she's lucky to have you, and you're lucky to have her. I pray that Gemma's surgery and recovery goes splendidly. Best of luck to everyone. I look forward to more of your postings about Gemma and her recovery.

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Karen Thomas
56 months ago

Briana, those naysayers are a bunch of idiots, don't let them get you down! Around the turn of the century, pit bulls were one of the most popular dog breeds in America, noted for their love of children. They were called "nanny dogs" because they were known for their outstanding guardian abilities when caring for babies and children. I think it's wonderful that you are teaching your children love and respect for animals.

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Marcie Daniels
56 months ago

I'm sorry I can't donate to your cause but a dear friend of mine has a baby with the same problem and I am trying to find ways to help her get the necessary surgeries. hers are bi lateral as well. I told my friend about what you did and I am hoping she will also open an account for her baby. you have been an inspiration for doing this as well as proving there really are some very kind people in this world. I hope all goes well for your special furbaby

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Kelly Dickinson Kreisher
56 months ago

So sorry that I am unable to contribute, but I see you're getting closer. My rescue pit-mix had TPLO on one leg in 2011. It's a very invasive procedure, but it went well. She does now have trouble with the other leg but is approx 11 years old, so that same procedure would require too much from her I'm afraid. She manages discomfort very week and is still able to run around like a puppy outside since the one leg has been repaired. Best of luck to you and your beautiful family. I will at least try to help by sharing.

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Judi Wilk-Tymec
56 months ago

I love the photos and your beautiful story from day 1 till now, Thank you so much for sharing with us. Best of luck with her surgery and may she live a long, healthy, and loving life. ~Judi, Spooner, Frankie, and Princess.

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Marcus Brinkmann
56 months ago

There is no animal on earth who is born as an evil. People are really stupid sometimes. Keep on fighting and all the best for your Gemma.

LT
$25
Lili Tautolo
56 months ago

Good luck Gemma!

SK
$25
Sonia Kovitz
56 months ago

May Gemma recover and have many years of happiness with your family.

JP
$10
Jayne Potts
56 months ago

I was like a lot of people who believed the bad press about pit bulls. However, I did some research when I noticed that our local Humane Society routinely places them up for adoption. What I discovered was that this breed has been wrongly labeled vicious. Good luck to you and Gemma!

DE
$15
Diana Essert
56 months ago

This is in memory of our dog, Laurence, who had arthritis. He needed a ride to the park in a Red Flyer wagon in his older days. Good luck to Gemma. We hope she'll soon be running and jumping to her heart's content.

AP
$10
Alicia Proffitt
56 months ago

Briana, ignore the hateful nay-sayers. I'm sorry that you have had to read such garbage. Many make comments without knowing or appreciating the full story. Gemma is beautiful--so is your little girl! I hope Gemma's surgery goes well. Remember: "All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, he made their glowing colours, he made their tiny wings. " God bless your loving family!

BB
$5
Brenna Breithaupt
56 months ago

What a sweet girl! My amazing pit bull of 13 years passed away recently, so it warms my heart to see your girl get the help she deserves!

Melissa Valenti
54 months ago

Briana, first let me say that I am so happy that you reached your goal and I certainly hope little Gemma is doing well. It warms my heart to see a family that is willing to do anything and everything to help God's most precious creatures...dogs (specifically pit bulls). I just lost my little girl on September 23rd. She was a pit bull/beagle mix who lived to be nearly 18 years old. She was the love of my life and gave of herself so unconditionally to all people and children and all other animals, big and small. Please remember to treasure every moment you have with her and know that there is a family across the country pulling for a speedy recovery and a long happy life for Gemma.

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Lisa Clark
56 months ago

Briana, I cant give anything but love, support and prayers for what you are doing. I too have a pit bull, Honey, who is 15. She has grown up with my kids and is a very well behaved dog, never a problem. We are the advocates for this breed, to show people that are not educated about them, how loveable and dedicated they really are. I was in your situation 4 years ago, Honey loved to go on the trampoline with my boys and she broke her elbow and needed a total replacement. Everyone I talked to said to put her down it was too much money. Now money is too much when it comes to a faithful companion like ours, se we had the surgery, she recovered and she still runs around like a puppy!! My neighbors have grown to love her and give her treats and she even likes to go over and sit on the neighbors porch'; we live in a tight neighborhood and know eachothers dogs. Keep your spirits up and praying for a quick recovery for your dog

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Michelle Fuller
56 months ago

So very happy Gemma is going to get the care that she needs. I love the pics and videos of your lovely family that you share with all of us. I was reading your story about how you bought Gemma in front of a grocery store. Even though it is the best to adopt, sometimes you can be saving a life by buying a dog. We bought our Pittie mix from some people that visibly didn't care too much about her. They told us how they were going to take her to some guy they knew to cut her ears. That's when I had to have her, to protect her. You did an awesome thing by bringing her into your family❤

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Carmen Soto
56 months ago

So happy she will get her treatment. Xoxo

+ Read More
Audra Upton
56 months ago

I'm happy to see your fur baby is much happier and healthier...much love from one animal lover to another

+ Read More
Cassandra Wible
56 months ago

I'm raising money for Disabled Broke And Starving. Click to Donate: http://t.co/UtRRsGoebF #spreadtheword

+ Read More
Dianna Brown
56 months ago

Anybody who says bad things about pitbulls has never owned or known one and depends entirely too much upon the media. OR they are just plain old stupid.

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Randy Clark
56 months ago

People that sned hateful messages because Gemma is a PIt Bull have never owned a Pit Bull. As a life long Lab and Golden lover I stumbled on to Pit Bulls while volunteering with a rescue group and boy am I glad I did. I now have two Pits and a Lab, my Pits love me to death even more than my Lab if you can believe that. Pits are devoted, loving and oh so athletic making them so fun. Have an issue with Pits foster one and you will adopt one and maybe more Pits RULE!

+ Read More
Leslie Yager
56 months ago

stumbled on this story while procrastinating... glad I did. What a beautiful dog. Fantastic photos and outpouring of support makes me hopeful the world will wake up and not demonize these dogs. Good luck to Gemma in the surgery!

+ Read More
Catherine Morris
56 months ago

I would love to see Gemma's video. So VERY sorry that ignorant people are being unpleasant to you and your family, please just ignore them. Pit Bull type dogs are the BEST and are VERY loving dogs just like any other dog!!!!

+ Read More
Keith Batt
56 months ago

To those without knowlegdge about PB "I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer". -- Barbara Woodhouse. Whether Pit-bull or Poodle any human can train a dog to be aggressive; or they can be trained to be loving and caring. A pit bull can be trained to know when it is and when it is not appropriate to display its innate aggression and assertiveness. As a side bar statistic, though there are more fatalities due to Pit-bull attacks, there are more attacks/bite incidents initiated by German Shepherds and Chows (CDC 1979 to 1996). That aside, take care of Gemma and continue to sponsor an environment that promotes love vs. hate of humans.

+ Read More
Annette Regueyra
56 months ago

I just came across your story and I am so happy to see there are so many generous people in the world. Ignore all those that do not understand the love of an animal and who do not understand they too have feelings. Pitbulls are one of the most loving animals I've seen, I've always said it's the person raising the pitbull that determines their aggression. Have you seen the story of Michael Vicks dogs? Most of the dogs have gone to live in great homes and are no longer aggressive animals. I wish you many more years of Gemma's love!!!

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Janet Hill
56 months ago

I am so sorry that there are so many ignorant people in this world. Gemma looks like a sweetheart and I am so happy she will get her surgery. To all those hateful people that have nothing better to do than try to hurt others, go away. You are not welcome here!

+ Read More
Robin Unruh
56 months ago

Yeah for Gemma! Thank you for taking care of her while she takes care of your family! Pit Bulls get a bad rep because of how they are trained. Thinking of everyone as Gemma prepares for this surgery!

+ Read More
Josee Charbonneau
56 months ago

People are ignorant, don't bother with their comments. Only you and your family know this dog for real. She is beautiful and looks like a wonderful loving dog to your kids. Wishing you the best, :)

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Denise Kato
56 months ago

Briana, I'm sorry that there are people out there that say nasty, cruel things. Please continue to know that there are so many of us out here that support you, your family, and Gemma! She is a doll and she's lucky to have you, and you're lucky to have her. I pray that Gemma's surgery and recovery goes splendidly. Best of luck to everyone. I look forward to more of your postings about Gemma and her recovery.

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Karen Thomas
56 months ago

Briana, those naysayers are a bunch of idiots, don't let them get you down! Around the turn of the century, pit bulls were one of the most popular dog breeds in America, noted for their love of children. They were called "nanny dogs" because they were known for their outstanding guardian abilities when caring for babies and children. I think it's wonderful that you are teaching your children love and respect for animals.

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Marcie Daniels
56 months ago

I'm sorry I can't donate to your cause but a dear friend of mine has a baby with the same problem and I am trying to find ways to help her get the necessary surgeries. hers are bi lateral as well. I told my friend about what you did and I am hoping she will also open an account for her baby. you have been an inspiration for doing this as well as proving there really are some very kind people in this world. I hope all goes well for your special furbaby

+ Read More
Kelly Dickinson Kreisher
56 months ago

So sorry that I am unable to contribute, but I see you're getting closer. My rescue pit-mix had TPLO on one leg in 2011. It's a very invasive procedure, but it went well. She does now have trouble with the other leg but is approx 11 years old, so that same procedure would require too much from her I'm afraid. She manages discomfort very week and is still able to run around like a puppy outside since the one leg has been repaired. Best of luck to you and your beautiful family. I will at least try to help by sharing.

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Judi Wilk-Tymec
56 months ago

I love the photos and your beautiful story from day 1 till now, Thank you so much for sharing with us. Best of luck with her surgery and may she live a long, healthy, and loving life. ~Judi, Spooner, Frankie, and Princess.

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