Peekaboo is a senior Sheltie who was rescued from a hoarder environment in 2015. She is 14 years old, and she and her sister, Posey, live with me in Chicago. I have several other dogs, and I took in the Merle Girl sisters in 2015 because they had nowhere to go and I had room for them.
When Peekaboo and Posey got into rescue and were sent to me, they had received only minimal veterinary care. Posey, who has tumors in her mammary chain, was thought to have mammary cancer, so was not a candidate for surgery. I'm happy to report that while the tumors are still there, they are apparently not cancerous, and last year I was able to get a dental done on her, that removed a number of infected or decayed teeth. Posey's also had a couple of episodes of vestibular disease, and both girls have had annual physicals, bloodwork, and heartworm tests. Peekaboo suffers from intervertebral disc disease, which means I need to keep an eye on her for flares, which we then treat with medications; she also gets regular chiropractic adjustments to prevent flares of the IVDD.
So over the nearly 3 years I've had them, I've taken care of their health issues and provided all their veterinary care. This month, I found that Peekaboo, who I thought had been spayed long ago, is not spayed, and is intact. She also needs to have her teeth cleaned and, I am sure, a number of them removed. It makes sense to have her spayed while she's having the dental surgery done, and that is what my vet clinic will do.
The rescue that placed the Girls with me has generously offered to fund part of this surgery, but my other dogs have presented me with substantial vet bills this year, which have eaten up all of my 'emergency fund'. So I'm turning to crowd-funding, and asking for the kindness of pet owners and dog lovers to help me provide immediate health care for Peekaboo. (And a PSA: Test your dogs annually for tick-borne illnesses! Lyme and Ehrlichia are everywhere, and they are horrible!)
Peekaboo's surgery should be done in late June, at which time she will be far enough past the heat cycle she's now in that the surgery won't be as risky. I have obtained an estimate from my veterinary clinic for the surgery, which will include the dental and the spay. I am trying to raise funds to meet that estimate, and all funds raised will be used solely for Peekaboo's veterinary care.
If anyone wants to donate directly to my vet clinic, I will be happy to provide that information to you.
Peeks has not had the best life. She's a very shy Sheltie, anxious about everything, but she has settled into a routine in my home that seems to suit her. She is with her sister almost all the time, and she enjoys the company of my other dogs. I very much want Peekaboo to have a stress-free old age, and getting this surgery done will make that happen for her.
I'm not a 501(c)3, I can't offer you tax deductions for your donation. I'm just someone who is a sucker for old dogs that get thrown out, and is hoping that you will help Peeks get her surgery.
We had to wait until her heat cycle had been over for a month, so the surgery took place on June 25. Peeks had a long day in the vet clinic and in the dental surgery, she lost nine teeth (-- Shelties as a breed have just awful teeth, and without good food and regular care, it's not unusual for a senior Sheltie to need this many extractions); in the spay surgery, the operating vet noted that he didn't like the look of some of the organs he was removing, so we may have prevented later problems or even cancer.
She came home at 9 p.m. and ate dinner (dehydrated Grandma Lucy's food, no chewing right now) and went right to bed in her crate. She seems to be recovering well. She'll take antibiotics to prevent infection, and a couple of pain management meds, for a week to ten days. Then she'll go back for a re-check at the vet.
It was a big surgery for a dog who will be 15 next month, but it was absolutely THE BEST THING for her, and both she and I are so thankful for our social-media friends and supporters who helped get this done. What a wonderful early birthday gift for this senior Sheltie -- THANK YOU ALL!
In a sad note, I must report that Peekaboo's sister Posey passed away on Memorial Day, last month. She collapsed and was in extreme distress immediately, and we said goodbye to her at the emergency vet clinic that morning. Posey may or may not have had cancer of some kind; what is certain is that she enjoyed her nearly three years here, and had a comfortable end to her life when the time came. Peeks misses her sister, I think, but she is interacting more with my other dogs, which is good.
We never know how long we'll have a senior rescue dog, but they appreciate everything we do for them.
The surgery bill was $1,043.
Peekaboo's pre-surgery vet work (bloodwork, etc.) was $236.
Thanks to the people who donated, the cost of her care was met.
Photo: Peekaboo as she was about to leave for her 'spa day' at the vet clinic yesterday.
If by some chance the bill for her surgery is less than the amount that was donated, the excess will be kept in my veterinary clinic account for the future use of Peeks and Posey -- for Peekaboo's future chiro adjustments, things like that.