Help Norman the Scooter Dog

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Raised by 834 people in 7 months
Created June 29, 2017
Our beloved and adorable Norman, the Scooter Dog, received devastating news on Tuesday. He has Lymphoma - stage IV. Most of you reading this already know and love Norman, but for those of you who don't let me tell you a little bit about him. He first invaded the hearts of millions back in 2011 with his first appearance on the David Letterman Show. That's when a then mostly puppy Norman wowed us with his unique skill of riding a scooter. From there the fun loving and happy Norman went on to be an internet sensation and two time Guinness World Record holder. All the while being the best family pet and companion that anyone could imagine. Norman has often been likened to a man in a dog suite because of his goofy personality and heartwarming charm. He truly is a unique dog that is loved by his community and by many around the world. Norman shares his life with the Cobb family which includes Chris, Karen and their two children, Kaylee and Bryson, and Norman's fur sister Zsa Zsa along with Clover and Gus the guinea pigs. 

His dilemma started just three weeks ago when Karen noticed Norman panting a lot and being a little clingy. She took him to the vet where he received a complete blood panel. Everything looked fine and was in normal range.  But last Saturday night she felt a swollen lymph node in his rear leg, and then the next day under his chin. By Monday morning the lymph nodes had tripled in size. He was taken to Harmony Animal Hospital where samples from the lymph nodes were taken and sent out priority mail to the lab.  It was an agonizing wait for the Cobb family to find out the diagnosis, but unfortunately, the next day their worst fears were confirmed -CANCER- Lymphoma. 

If left untreated most dogs only live 2-8 weeks.  It moves that fast!!! The most common treatment is Chemo and Prednisone.  If lucky, a dog will go into remission for a while after the Chemo; however, it is common to have a relapse and then have to do another round of chemo.  With only chemo the life expectancy is 6 months or with some luck a max of 24 months.  Norman is only 7 years old.  The life expectancy of his breed is 12-14 years, with some living even 15-16 years.  Norman has so many more years of joy to give. This dog loves life and lives to make others happy. It is hard to imagine not doing everything humanly possible to save his life. And so, Karen has spoken with the experts and they have given her hope. The option with the best possible outcome is to get him into remission with Chemo, and then perform a Bone Marrow Transplant.  There are only 3 locations that do this procedure in the US.  Norman is lucky that NCSU is one of those facilities and is only 7 hours away from his home.   

The good news for the Cobb family is that there is a protocol that can be life saving for Norman, but the bad news is that this protocol is estimated to cost $20,000-$25,000.  This is a burden that no one family can bear, but with many much can be accomplished, and so we sincerely ask that you would consider donating to Norman's treatment.  If we can get this message out to 5,000 people that donate just $5 then we will be able to help Norman get the life saving treatments that he needs and give back to this amazing dog that has put smiles on literally millions of faces.  

Norman we love you and know you can beat this!

Thank you in advance for your donations, your thoughts and your prayers!

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I am so excited to report that Norman’s vet said he is acting like a puppy and is feeling better everyday. He’s jumping around and playing which is good, but also bad because his platelets are not back up to where they need to be just yet, and so he is still at risk of spontaneous bleeding. He is so close to being able to go home; I’m just sure of it! All that is needed is for his platelets to go over 40k before that can happen. They’re still under 10k, but a recent test showed that he has the precursors to start making platelets, so I’m hopeful that any day now his body will make enough for him to go home.

As most of you know, he was supposed to go home on October 13th, but because he has not been making platelets yet he has had to stay and receive frequent transfusions sometimes daily. With this complication has come a cost of $1600 a day plus hospital fees, so I am going to raise his goal amount to 68k. I know his bills are way more than that, but I feel bad asking more of people. Everyone has been so amazing and the love and generosity has totally humbled me. When I originally started the GoFundMe Karen’s quote for Norman’s procedure was around 24k. I never would have imagined that he would have such an expensive complication. It’s one of those situations where you find yourself halfway to the finish - Norman is doing so well and feeling better and better every day - how do you possibly stop at that point and not continue to do every thing you can to help him. Norman is such a strong dog, courageous dog, intelligent dog, and the sweetest boy you will ever meet! I will fight for him to the end!!! And I am also fighting for my best friend Karen; praying her through until the end of this journey which will go on way past Norman’s recovery if I’m not able to raise enough to help her. My head looks at this as all overwhelming, but my heart sees it as a great blessing to experience the kindness and affection that, unfortunately, one may only experience when they are dealing with such an affliction. I am so grateful to everyone….. words just can’t express. ❤️

Karen has kept up with all of his expenses and posted all of the receipts at this link. https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0cGtnIORJ5vFVN I think GoFundMe allows people to donate more than what the goal is and I pray they do for Karen’s sake, but I have been so overwhelmed at the response I hate to ask for too much more. My love to you all!
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Sorry it’s been so long since my last update. If you haven’t already, I recommend that you follow Norman on Facebook and then you will get almost daily updates. You can find him at Norman the Scooter Dog. Norman’s biggest problem right now is his platelets or his lack thereof. They had gotten down to 7,500 last week and anything below 10,000 is dangerous. He has been getting transfusions every 3 to 4 days. Unfortunately, his body just has not started to make platelets on it’s own yet and it’s a waiting game to see when his body will start making enough platelets. It was expected that he would be making platelets by now because that is what is typical for other BMT dogs. Unlike humans, dogs usually start making platelets after two weeks. The doctor did a platelet antibody test to see if his platelets are attacking their own, which would mean he has ITP. Thankfully, he does not have ITP. Another thought is that his cells are rejecting the new platelets and so they have given him platelets from matched siblings in order to give him a greater chance of acceptance. So a big, big thank you to Norman’s brother, Charlie, and to his sister Muse, who gave him her stem cells for the BMT, for donating their blood/platelets. Each transfusion is about $2000, which doesn’t include all the daily blood tests, and hospitalization costs, etc. and he could potentially need to continue this for months ……

Seeing videos on Facebook of my sweet Norman up and being his happy self again warms my heart. And knowing that he is in good spirits and not in any discomfort makes me happy as well, but I have to say that it’s just so frustrating that he has to wait on his platelets to increase before he can go home. Luckily, he is getting a lot of attention from the staff and Dr. Chretin at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital has been amazing! He’s gone above and beyond what I’ve ever heard of a vet doing before. He has been consulting many different universities and experts in BMT transplants even the main BMT experts in humans too. He is definitely doing everything possible and must have the most knowledge of BMT transplants in dogs of anyone. He keeps Karen updated twice a day. He has gone in to the hospital on his days off to check on Norman and has even made special trips to pick up different cans of dog food, canned meats etc., just to see if he can get Norman to eat. Which he is eating well now and just about back to his normal weight. I’m praising God that Norman is doing well aside from the platelets and that he is getting the BEST care possible because of the generosity of all of you! And I will continue to pray for him until I see him back on that scooter!
Thank you everyone so, so much!!!
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Norman was looking good to go home last week, but unfortunately, his platelets dropped on Friday and Saturday which resulted in another transfusion and a prolonged stay. On top of that he sustained a nasty bruise on the top of his head from jumping around after Karen's visit. Jumping around and bruising himself is dangerous because of his low platelets, so they advised Karen not to visit Norman for at least two days. My heart is so burdened for my friend right now with the unexpected complications of Norman's treatment and for the added expenses that it has created. I believe Norman's expenses are at around $50k as of now. I'm so grateful and amazed at how just under 500 of us have come together to raise more than 17,000 dollars for Norman, but ask that if any of you are more creative than I and can think of ways to share Norman's plight, please, please do so. I know in my heart there are way more than 500 people out there that would love to be a part of Norman's journey of healing if only they were aware. In the meantime, for all of you who believe in prayer, I covet your prayers. Please pray for my best friend and all the stress that she is undergoing right now and, of course, for continued and complete healing for the smartest dog I know..... shhhh, don't tell my dog I just said that

If all goes well, hopefully they will get to come home on Tuesday.

I truly can't convey my gratitude and I feel I have a bond with each and every one of you for caring so much......
Thank You!!!!

Love and blessings ❤️
Bruise on Norman's head
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Norman still isn’t eating much.  He is on cyclosporine to help prevent graft-versus-host disease.  The cyclosporine can often cause nausea, Norman’s high level of cyclosporine was higher than desired, so they are switching him from two doses a day to three smaller doses a day, in hopes to help keep the low high enough, but not let the high level get too high. Hopefully this adjustment will help him overcome the nausea and he will start eating tonight.  Today is also when his WBCs are at their lowest.  Hopefully tomorrow they will start to rise, so that he can come out of isolation Friday!!  He looks a bit better today.
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