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Help Piggy's Tripod Lymphoma Care!

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Raised by 160 people in 12 months
UPDATE!

Piggy has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. :(

In addition, he was also diagnosed in the same round of tests with lyme disease, and this weekend he was diagnosed with arthritis. This is all devastating of course, and we have so many treatments and tests coming up in the face of all this.

However, cancer and arthritis are all problems that a huge number of amputee dogs face, so we'd like to give Piggy the treatment he needs, as well as make a platform to develop and showcase treatments that people probably don't even know dogs can get. 

Piggy will continue to get care from the Animal Medical Center and the Hanger Clinic, and we are all working together to create a regimen to help him through these tragedies as well as help him walk during it all, although we can only do it with your help.

Thank you all so much for everything you're doing to help give this boy the best senior years he could have!


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Piggy, my therapy dog, who helps me through severe health issues, calms me down during PTSD episodes, who has been there through every up and down and depression through the years, needs our help for once. 

Piggy is a nine year old dog who has been three legged ever since puppyhood. He was hit by a bus in the Dominican Republic at six months old, and went a month without any vet care after. Needless to say, he was suffering and a mess by the time we met him.


We brought him home with us, and he had an amazing transformation driven by his determination and love for everyone.


Determined to help everyone who suffers as he did, he quickly sought out people he could tell were injured or hurt whenever he went on a walk. Not too long after, he became a therapy dog, working with inspiring children with special needs whom he adores. 


He helps everyone and is always there for me and all his friends, but now that he's nine years old, his one back leg is feeling the strain of time, and I need to carry him more often on walks when his leg finally gets too tired to keep walking. 

But there's a possible solution! Piggy and I have been to so many prosthetics makers, looking for a solution to give him his other back leg, and all have said he was amputated too high to give him a standard prosthetic. 

That is, until we went to the Hanger Clinic a couple weeks ago. They said this was unprecedented, but they're going to work to figure out a solution together.  If they can create a prosthetic for him, it would not only help him relieve the pressure from his only back leg, and improve his quality of life considerably, but it would help countless other dogs who have had to be amputated in ways that would not allow a traditional prosthetic. 


For his prosthetic, an updated brace for his other leg, and at least one veterinary therapy session to help him learn to use the prosthetic together with his brace, we'll need at least $2000. 

All of this will go directly to this essential and groundbreaking medical care. It will save a wonderful dog whom so many count on right now, and it will help countless other dogs who will appreciate finally having a prosthetic leg solution in the future!

Will you help save us? :)
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Piggy is home from emergency surgery, amputating his leg stump. Last night was rough, but he is such a trooper and is resting better now.

Piggy always periodically had phantom limb pain, which caused him to gnaw his stump, eventually subsiding with pain medication. But this past month, whether from the cancer, or from the chemo, or from an infection, his latest phantom limb wound would not heal. And this meant the oncologists could not give him steroid treatments, and they eventually had to discontinue chemo this past Wednesday until the phantom limb wound was resolved. After a full day of deliberation at the animal hospital with three veterinary teams, it was decided that he had to get immediate amputation surgery to get rid of the wound and any possible infection, but also ensure that he could immediately begin steroid treatment.

The steroid treatment which he began yesterday after surgery, will to begin eliminating lymphocytes. And being on steroids now means that he can begin chemo again with renewed effectiveness against the lymphoma.

We are hoping that, while intense, the events of this past week will help him to recover much faster and soon reach full remission of the lymphoma.

Thank you everyone, really we could NOT have gotten this far without you, honestly. And we otherwise could not say yes to the ongoing adaptive treatments he's needed to finally target his lymphoma no matter what tries to get in the way.

Children everywhere have continued to write Piggy letters, and pick up his plush toy and hoped for the best for him, and his work has been expanding every week to bring more good and hope to children in ever more at-risk communities around the world.

We want to help keep the spirits high of all those children, and keep Piggy happy and healthy enough to keep visiting the classrooms he loves and misses.

Thank you so much, and please consider spreading and helping Piggy during this most sensitive time to date.

We can't express our appreciation for you in any way that could possibly match how much hope we have for Piggy because of you. Piggy loves you all so much and so do we. ^_^ <3

Thank you everyone!

-Tod and Piggy
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Thank you everyone! We can't thank you enough, Piggy just had his first full day chemotherapy appointment yesterday, and we couldn't get here without you! So far, he's doing well. I'll need to watch him carefully the next couple days to make sure he doesn't have an adverse reaction. But so far he's demanding outdoors time and treats as much as usual, which is a good sign!

He's also using his new full-bodied strap, to isolate his phantom limb stump. Chemo slows healing of course, so little wounds like that can become a big deal! The vets are optimistic about how this strap will work out.

And the response from the children has been overwhelming too. Teacher and Piggy friend, Jay Deitcher, wrote this moving story about Piggy and Jay's students, and I dare you not to cry!

http://thewisdomdaily.com/the-surprising-way-at-risk-kids-reacted-to-their-canine-heros-illness/

Piggy has always been there for the children whenever he can. And now they're responding in kind. Children from the West Learning Center in Binghamton, NY, in teacher Anthony Monico's class, have been writing get-well cards to Piggy, asking him to please recover so that they can hopefully meet him someday!

Thank you again all, I owe each of you a personal thanks that's long overdue. Piggy is doing as well as he can in his condition thanks to your willingness to spread his joy! More updates soon, as he has weekly visits for chemo and a lot going on in life!

-Tod and Piggy
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We can’t thank all of you enough! The response has been overwhelming! Thanks to you this past week, we’ve so far been able to get Piggy a new innovation we’ve been working with the Animal Medical Center on. A full-bodied wrap for tripod dogs who still have a stump, which should help healing and prevent more health complications during chemo. An innovation that can hopefully help countless other dogs around the world.

In the USA, dog amputees have their entire leg amputated, and this helps stem the damage of gnawing from phantom limb syndrome. However, in most of the rest of the world, like where Piggy got his amputation in the Dominican Republic, there is only enough veterinary infrastructure to amputate up to the knee, leaving a stump. This opens the way for lots of gnawing on, and seriously wounding the stump.

And stump wounds are extremely difficult for any vet hospital to treat. The stump is shaped in a way that leads to any bandaging to fall off any time the dog moves. And if a dog needs chemo, the threat of a constantly open wound that requires antibiotics and healing can seriously complicate their health during chemo.

So that’s where this innovation comes in. A way to keep your tripod dog comfortable and unable to gnaw on the stump. A way to cover the stump gently to allow it to heal from wounds. A way to let your dog run around and be free while keeping any bandage on the stump wound to keep it clean. These have been mysteries for vets until now. But the AMC May have figured out a method to help all dogs like Piggy.

We’re ordering and modifying a full bodied strap that’s meant to immobilize a broken leg on a dog. And we’ll be modifying it to help cover Piggy’s phantom limb stump that’s recovering from a phantom limb wound. And still allow him to run and play and feel the sunrise on him as he runs in the park every morning.

And we can attempt this innovation thanks to you! And Piggy’s experiment can hopefully help countless other tripod dogs around the world if this works! All thanks to your love for one amazing pup!

Thank you everyone! We will keep you updated on how well this goes.

And he begins serious chemotherapy treatments this Thursday. Please share and advocate for Piggy’s recovery so he can keep making children happy and inspired everywhere in the world that they need help! Thank you all!

-Tod And Piggy
Piggy and the strap design to modify
The AMC vet designing the modificati
Close up of the strap we’re modifying
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A huge thank you to everyone who’s been giving recently, I am way behind on giving personal thanks to every one of you. You all deserve the deepest of thanks especially in Piggy’s biggest time of need.

Piggy’s lymphoma was diagnosed yesterday as getting worse. He will now need weekly chemotherapy, starting today, to hopefully put his lymphoma into remission. I have upped the goal for this GoFundMe to reflect some of the new costs calculated. And we could not have dreamed of being anywhere near ready to start his treatment if not for the amazing generosity of all of you.

Piggy is always there for us. For the children in hospitals, for the schoolchildren with special needs, for the communities that look to his programs to rebuild around the world, for all the people injured or sick who write to him as their inspiration to pull through. And we’re overjoyed that so many of you want to be there for him back. I can assure you he feels your love ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you all.
Children’s letters from St. Catherine’s
Piggy holding my hand during exam
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