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PETEY LEE NEEDS YOU NOW! GOAL SET!

$2,162 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 49 people in 6 months
Petey Lee belongs to my dear friend, Journey Lee.  Petey is not only her beloved pet, but he also serves as a medically certified therapy dog.  They would be lost without one another.   He has been her rock through a couple of near-death experiences, major surgeries,(recent 2nd spinal operation) and assists her with PTSD and PD. 
A few days in to the new year, Petey started getting sick, very sick, and he hasn't been able to eat now for over a week.  He is currently receiving fluids and other medication to help him, BUT HE HAS A LONG WAY TO GO.   Dr Bryant began ordering Petey to be syringe fed a critical care food, IV fluids, and several meds a few days ago, so he has all of this at the hospital as well as at home.  (Journey has worked in the veterinary world for several years but is unable to go back yet since this last back surgery!) Basic diagnostics have not determined a cause of his illness, though X-rays and blood panels have been done. 
He will get an ultrasound tomorrow, which will cost  $350.00.   This is in addition to the treatment he has already received and a bill that will be about $600.00 by tomorrow.  If the ultrasound doesn't show what is going on, then more aggressive diagnostics will be performed. 
This dynamic duo really needs our help!!  Anyone who knows this dog knows what an awesome, incredible boy he is - Petey Lee is one of a kind and needs us!  He not only provides therapy for his human, but over the years at Salem Animal Hospital he has proven therapeutic to our other patients and their owners as well.  Surely all of the love he has put forward and negative stigmatisms he has overcome over the years can be repaid in these efforts to save his life!  PLEASE - if you can give anything, it will be greatly appreciated!!! PETEY AND JOURNEY LEE THANK YOU!!
*Please check in for updates to the page.  We are not the best about updating every single day but are certainly willing to update any of his friends on here or through texts/calls/messages!*
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Keep checking back for updates! We can't give up on reaching our goal! Petey needs YOU!
What a nice visit from my "Uncle Jason"
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Holy guacamole! It has been far too long since this fundraiser has had an update posted, but that does NOT mean we aren't still very much active and trying to meet our initial Go Fund Me goal! We are still sitting in the same spot waiting to raise enough funds to get my endoscopy done, can you believe that? It is truly a gut-wrenching experience to be experienced in the veterinary field and feel so helpless when it comes to your own canine. So ruuuuffffrating..or frrrustrating!
Maybe it's my fault (this is Journey) that I haven't gotten on GFM to beg and plead for more help, but all of the sudden, about a month ago, donations just stopped completely. Nooooo! We've gotten halfway to our goal, friends! Many of you have stopped by the animal hospital to visit Petey during some of his flare-ups since his initial sickness where I thought I might lose him...And others have continued to call or text me to check on both of us. I often joke that more folks have visited him than me during my last 2 week stay in the spring of 2017! It's true though, and I feel so blessed that he has so many friends! He has helped a lot of you and he also has lifted the spirits of complete strangers both in VA as well as when we lived in TN and GA. Let's keep this in mind as we continue to push forward to meet our financial goal.
Remember: Without this endoscopy we have NO WAY OF KNOWING IF THIS IS CANCER. The $2000 raised so far have been used to cover all but about $150 of his medical bills at Salem Animal Hospital and at Virginia Tech. Your contributions are how we paid for multiple radiographs and then two ultrasounds (which ultimately showed us this 7-10cm mass) and a plethora of medications, IV fluids, hospitalization, monitoring, etc..THANK YOU! It is only due to the location in the small intestine that Va Tech VetMed was unable to get a biopsy during their own ultrasound visit. Hence the $700-1000 procedure that is the endoscopy we need! We are also constantly paying for medications that seem to keep him stable and keeping him on a specialized diet now too.
Many of you know how horrendous the last 15 months have been for me, and if I'm feeling it then so is Petey. I cannot hide any stress or emotions from him..I've tried! The power of their noses to pick up on changes in chemical reactions of our bodies is awe-inspiring. On the downside, if you have an emotional support animal who develops ulcerations when stress occurs, that's not such a good thing! Naturally I am going to stress out about finances. I have none! My surgeons (and my own body) will not let me go back to work yet! Believe me, my career, academic life, and social life have all been put on hold - and that does NOT leave one in a jolly mental state! We need you guys to help us - not just with donations for getting my therapy dog better, but emotionally and spiritually! Please continue to share this page, send "pawsitive" vibes, donate what you can, and just say hello every so often!
Eternally Grateful,
Journey (& Petey)
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The Oncologist suggested we go through all other possible routes before needing to go in to surgery. One of the simplest is doing a screening for internal parasites! For example: I've been on Nexgard and Heartgard as my monthly preventative for fleas and ticks. These do not cover things like whipworms as some other preventatives that I've taken before such as Sentinel. It is unlikely that having something like whips would make me so suddenly sick, but it is still worth ruling out! (A $120 fix plus paying for fecal screenings vs $1500 or more)
We already picked up the Panacur from Salem Animal Hospital, but Mama is going to get a fecal sample in to Dr Bryant BEFORE starting me on this de-worming medication as it is not only expensive, but possibly a bad reaction for my already sensitive gut. So paws crossed for a happy pooping session this afternoon!
Other than that, there have been a couple of days in a row where I was vomiting and more lethargic, but my Mama has gotten more strict on when/what I eat at a certain time and the same with my meds. Just like humans, as we age, we can't always handle the same amounts or types of foods we once could. If my grandad has pizza and plans to go to bed at 10pm, he better eat that pizza by 6pm or he will be up with heartburn and acid-reflux all night! Well, that's what's happening with me too now! I am 11 years old now.
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Just a new favorite picture from our appointment at the veterinary school this week!
"READY TO SERVE" at Va Tech!
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