Help Save Spryte

$4,740 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 93 people in 15 months
On Friday we received a staggering diagnosis from our vet: our beloved dog Spryte has bone cancer and the only options we have are to put her down to end her pain or amputate her whole leg to save her life.

 Recently, she developed a slight limp that got progressively more painful over the last few weeks. At first, our vet took some x-rays and suggested it was a bone spur or a form of arthritis in her shoulder. But when the medication he prescribed had no effect, we took her back for more x-rays the next week. That's when the vet realised Spryte had Osteosarcoma (or bone cancer) in her front leg.

   It's been a real shock for all of us, seeing our dog who's always been so athletic and full of life suddenly become almost unable to walk in a matter of weeks. She loves running, swimming and playing fetch more than anything in the world. She adored marathon walks around the city and hikes from one end of Toronto island to the other, with swims at every beach in between. Up until last month, she would keep us playing fetch until our fingers were frozen. Suddenly, we had to start carrying her up and down the stairs and limit her walks to just around the block. It's been painful to watch, and now we realise, much more painful for her.

   Luckily our vet was able to work some magic and get her an appointment at the Ontario Veterinarian College's Animal Cancer Centre for treatment right away. They assessed her condition and have fast tracked her for treatment. We're grateful that the OVC is one of the best animal cancer centres in the country and the care she has been getting is top of the line, but unfortunately the fees for the tests and procedures are remarkably high. The tests, x-rays and ultrasounds to assess her condition have already run into the thousands in a matter of days; the amputation surgery has been quoted somewhere between $3000-4000 not including her hospital stay and after care. They've recommended a few rounds of chemotherapy drugs after the surgery to make sure nothing no other cancer will spread through her system later on, with a handful of treatments costing another $1500. 

   The upside of all her tests is the confirmation that the cancer has not spread & the doctors agree that she is otherwise a very strong, healthy dog, which has been very reassuring. The doctors say that with the cancerous leg removed, the rest of her system will bounce back quite quickly, and she will have years more to live on. It will be a struggle for her, but she has already stopped using her sore leg and learned how to trot along on just three. She is a strong pup and we are confident that fighting this cancer is the right thing to do. She has a lot of life left in her yet.

   It has been a whirlwind week, with her diagnosis coming just Friday and now she is going into major surgery on Tuesday afternoon. It has been very shocking and very emotionally devastating, but the doctors at the OVC have given us a lot of hope, and done everything they can to save Spryte's life. She means the world to us, she's one of the sweetest, most kind-hearted dogs we've ever known. She wins the hearts of everyone that has the good fortune to meet her and is the delight of the children she helps babysit. This is a difficult struggle, but completely worth it to give this beautiful dog a few more years with us all.

   Unfortunately, as anyone who has had a sick pet will know, the costs of her emergency treatments will run up very quickly. We hope that any of you that have met Spryte and had your life touched by her kindness and warmth, or anyone that loves dogs and knows how difficult times like these can be, would be able to donate a few dollars to help take care of Spryte's surgery bills. It is developing into a staggering sum and we hope that with your generosity we can help bring this total down and concentrate on giving Spryte a comfortable recovery and cozy golden years. Any amount at all, however big or small, will help and all well wishes will be appreciated. Even if you can't contribute yourself, please consider sharing this funding campaign around to others, in hopes of aiding Spryte. We can't even say how much we appreciate all of your love and donations at this difficult time.

   We look forward to having many more opportunities for you all to come over and spend time with Spryte this year and share in her love and gratitude, which is endless. Thank you all again for your support!

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Well, it's been a pretty quiet week of recuperating, with lots of naps & snacks, and plenty of time hanging out in the garden, soaking up the spring sunshine. We're happy to say that everything is looking up for Spryte! She got her stitches out last week and is much happier for it. She's not as sore anymore, so we've been able to start weaning her off the painkillers and it's great to see the sparkle come back to her eyes again! We can tell she's tired of resting; every time we take her outside she drags us towards the park & can't wait to get running again. She seems to have the coordination down & is building up some speed on those three legs. She's loving this spring weather and all the nature smells; it's really bringing back her zest for life!

In other great news, the final bills came from the doctors and thankfully they were significantly less than their initial quote for the surgery. With all we've raised here and a few private donations, it looks like we have been able to cover the full cost of the surgery and all of the initial tests and x-rays! All that's left to cover will be a few rounds of Spryte's chemotherapy, which is a huge relief for us all!

We can't even believe the outpouring of love, concern and generosity that has come our way this month! We've been overwhelmed by all of you wonderful people and all the support you have shown us. We were moved to see how many amazing, big hearted people we have in our lives who were willing to step up without hesitation and help us when things got rough. We can't thank you all enough! You have all, each and every one of you, helped to save Spryte's life. Thanks to you beautiful people, Spryte is going to have a few more good years with her family and friends, spreading joy around wherever she goes. Thank you all so much for helping us get to this point and we hope you can all get a chance to spend some time with Spryte this summer now that she's up and running!
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Well, it's only been a week since Spryte had her surgery, but already she's up and running. Not often, mind you, but when she's got somewhere to go she can really move!
She's gotten more comfortable with her stitches and seems to be healing up nicely. Most of her days are spent in long, restful naps (what else is new?) or out padding around in the garden, taking in the sun.
Yesterday, the neighbour's dog, Jake, came over & gave her a very gentle sniff and a peck on the nose, delicately checking to see how she's doing. It was a lovely moment; Spryte has known him since he was a puppy.
It's still another week until the stitches come out and her first round of chemotherapy starts, so no marathons yet, but it's nice to see her will to run returning.
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Excellent News! Spryte is doing great! She's more alert every day and loves getting outside in the sunshine. She's been walking more and more as the days go on, insisting on spending her afternoons sniffing around in the garden. Spryte is really taking to three legged walking, mastering her balance little by little, and building up speed as she goes.
We've had a few sleepless nights as she gets used to her stitches and figures out how to settle her new body without aches. We were both surprised and relieved when she climbed into bed beside us & slept like a log until the alarm this morning.
The first couple days were very difficult for us all, but its starting to look like there's a light on her horizon. We're just going to keep taking it slow, though I'm sure she'll be eager to run by the end of the week!
Thanks so much for all your love and support everyone! We appreciate all of the love that's been coming our way!
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So very happy to have Spryte back home with us again! She was released from the Ontario Veterinary College this morning. Its been a bit of a difficult day while she's getting used to all these changes, she's still pretty restless and sore. But she's back with her family and surrounded by lots of love and patience, we'll just keep taking it one day at a time, helping her adjust and get her feet under her again. Thank you all again for all your love and support!
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