Help a Good Boy Get Better

$2,430 of $5,800 goal

Raised by 53 people in 2 months
Buster is our seven year-old Jack Russell mix. He’s a happy dude who loves chasing squirrels. He's been through basic and intermediate dog training. He's even trained on tricks. He loves his sister, Coca, despite his grumblings when she licks his face. Hobbies include snoozing, pooping and going to the dog park.

Buster is a very good boy with a very big tumor on his gumline. He developed a small lump on his gums in late 2015. We had it surgically removed late spring of 2016. It was non-cancerous and fleshy. We hoped it wouldn't return.

The tumor had other plans. It grew back before our cross-country move in March of this year, and got larger over the summer. It's now so big he can't fully close his lips when snoozing and he drools when he plays. It's beginning to interfere with chewing. It has also pushed a tooth out of its socket.

Thankfully, the tumor is benign, but unfortunately, it will be necessary to remove part of his jaw to ensure it doesn’t come back.

So far, we have charged $1,200 for the initial exam, biopsies, and lab results. We had his CT scan perfomed ($1,700) to determine exactly how much of his lower jaw will have to be removed (nearly half of it). The tumor is fast growing, and we need to have the surgery performed as soon as possible (approx. $3,500). We're aiming for the first week of February. If we can afford to to it sooner, we will.

We’ve experienced a couple of financial setbacks since the move--and the move put us back about $5,000. Our car was totaled in a hailstorm our second month here, and Red's day job pay was cut back by a third a few months ago. As much as we hate to do it, we need to ask for help.

Buster is our little dude. He entered our lives in 2011, when he was only four months old. Originally adopted from a Los Angeles shelter, he was rehomed with us when his then-owner hit some personal health issues. He’s a sweetheart, and we will do anything to improve his quality of life and longevity.

We started raising funds for Buster by making and selling Buster Pillows for $25. We will continue that as a perk for donating at the $25 level. We also have Buster stickers and Pawtographed photos. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal, and no matter how much you give, you have our sincerest gratitude.

Follow Buster's road to wellness at Facebook.com/busterpillows .

(Any excess funds will be donated to the Banfield Foundation, who provide veterinary care to those who can't afford it, and Duck Team 6, a street dog rescue organization in Dallas.)
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Thank you all again for your donations, shares, and words of encouragement!

Our little dude is doing really well. He's struggling a little bit to play like he used to. Fetch is pretty much out right now, as he's having a hard time carrying his ball. He's a tough little dude, though.

We're making a final push on his campaign to see if we can knock his total down to something a little more manageable. Every little bit-- and every share--helps!
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We had a follow-up chat with Buster's doctor today--THE MASS IS GONE! Good, clean margins, and the biopsy shows the same non-cancerous tumor as the last biopsy.

The margin was a little narrow toward the front, so we'll have to keep an eye on that, but Buster's doc is pretty confident this was curative. WHEW!

Buster made some games with Coca tonight, and took his last dose of antibiotics. Thanks again for all the donations, shares, and well-wishes! Everything helps. :-)
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One week ago today our Buster went in for the big surgery. He came through it like a champ, and is ready to get rid of the E-collar, and get back to playing around with his sister.

We should get biopsy results this week.

We still need help paying off his surgery, and we're offering perks! Please give if you can--every amount helps--and please help us spread Buster's story!
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Buster is home, and snoozing on the couch. We were expecting him to be a little out of it still, but he charged up the stairs, chased after a squirrel when we took him outside, and ate quite a bit. He's a strong little dude, and his recovery prospects look very good.

Great news: the surgery cost about $600 less than we were originally quoted! That means we're actually close to halfway to our goal!

We can't say it enough: thank you. You made this possible. It means the world to us that so many people pitched in to help Buster. :-)
Snoozy dude.
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