Help Phoebe The Therapy Dog!!!!

$4,320 of $6,320 goal

Raised by 94 people in 22 months
Jayne Hitchcock  YORK, ME
I hate begging for money, but this is a worthy cause.

Phoebe is a certified therapy dog and the mascot for WHO@-KTD (Working to Halt Online Abuse - Kids/Teen Division).  WHO@-KTD is an all-volunteer organization - we help online victims of harassment and bullyng for free. Phoebe not only goes with me to schools to teach students how to be safer online, but she also goes to York Hospital in Maine every Tuesday to visit patients, plus other events as they come up, as well as the Tools for Life program the Salvation Army does to teach adults how to be safer online. Phoebe has traveled throughout New England, and as far as Pennsylvania as the Cyber Crime Dog! Her tagline: Phoebe sniffs out cyberbullies!

This is why she needs your help now:

She suddeny had a seizure on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at around 830 at night. Since she had never had one before, we thought she had some food caught in her throat. It didn't last very long, maybe 20 seconds and she was fine afterwards. She was good the whole next day, her usual perky self. A little after 430 pm, she had another seizure. While I held her and tried to calm her it stopped almost as quickly as it started. She got up, a little wobbly, and walked around. I got her some water and she began to seizure again. My husband was plowing (Spring snowstorm) and he met us in the driveway to take us to the vet. They were already closed, so we had to go to the emergency vet. We are severely strapped for cash - we are two months behind on the mortgage (hardly any snow this winter meant no work for my husband) and have to pay federal taxes and just didn't have the $1500 the ER vet wanted for a complete blood workup and leaving her there for a couple of days (or the extra $2500 for a catscan and other tests). So they did what they could, charged us $135 with the caveat we would take Phoebe to our vet in the morning. We hadn't even gotten in the truck when she had another seizure in the parking lot. We rushed her back in and we had to pay another $540 for them to keep her overnight and stabilize her. I had to run to the nearby Walmart to buy her insulin (instead of driving home in the snowstorm and back which would have been over 45 minutes) and left her there. We picked her up this morning and were told we owed another $40. Got her to our regular vet, who went over all her food, treats and water we give her. Phoebe doesn't steal food from the table or counter (she never has, even when we've left things out) and there is no rat or mouse poison outside and she doesn't go into the garage where Chris does his engine work. So we are clueless what is wrong with her. The vet isn't sure it's her diabetes and that it may be a brain problem, which we hope it is not. Her blood glucose level is normal, so we brought her home. She ate dry food, drank her water and is seemingly normal. We bring her back to the vet tomorrow for another blood check at noon. Today's visit cost us $98.00 for a total of almost $700. This is on top of the money we still owe for her cataract surgery from this past June.

If you can donate, please do. Please share this as well. We don't want to lose the house - I don't know where we would go.

If you donate $100 or more, I will send you a signed copy of True Crime Online, my latest book and a mini Phoebe (a husky Beanie Baby with blue eyes just like hers), plus a copy of my next book which is due out later this year - Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web.

If you don't feel comfortable donating here, you can send it via a check/money order made out to Jayne Hitchcock at PO Box 782, York, ME 03909

The original reason I started this was to raise money for her cataract surgery which she had last year.  We thank everyone who donated for that, but we are severely short to pay that back on top of the recent vet bills.

Some background on Phoebe - she used to be a sled dog in Canada for the first three years of her life (2006-2009). She was one of the lead dogs. They lived 24/7 outside in a chain link fenced in area chained to a big blue barrel. We think she was abused. The couple who owned her team and two other sled dog teams divorced in 2009. Three women from New Hampshire drove to Canada to rescue all three teams.

Only three from Phoebe's team, named after the characters in the TV show, "Friends," were socialized enough to adopt out (the others were kept by the woman to use on her own sled team).

My husband found Phoebe on Craigslist. My vet suggested I take her everywhere I could to socialize her. It was like having a giant puppy - she had to learn to go up and down stairs, that beds were good, toys were fun and yes, that snack was hers and hers alone. I soon discovered she was not only extremely gentle, but patient. I got her certified as a pet therapy dog and the rest is history.

And here is why we started this GoFundMe page originally:

Phoebe was featured on a local TV news show on May 13, 2015 and later that week suddenly developed cataracts. She went in for cataract surgery on Monday, June 1, 2015. She is nine years old and has a lot of years left in her, so we bit the bullet and decided on the surgery. It cost us almost $6,000 total (surgery and associated costs such as blood work, medicine, etc). We filed for bankruptcy three years ago and until our debt is paid off (four more years) we are forbidden from getting any type of credit card, including CareCredit. So, we borrowed the money. We had to pay upfront for the surgery and other costs, so we  need to pay back the money to our borrower (who we gratefully thank).
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Update 65
Posted by Jayne Hitchcock
3 months ago
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December 10th would have been Phoebe's 10th birthday. She had a good 5-6 years left in her when we suddenly lost her. This past year since she died has been awful for us. Between deaths of friends, two back surgeries for my husband, meaning he had no work for a couple of months, having to get help from a local organization to pay the mortgage and utilities, me being sick with bronchitis for two months and other things, our marriage is on rocky ground and we are behind because of the $2,000 we still owe the person we borrowed the money from for Phoebe's original surgery. I hate begging, but I am going to - any little bit helps us save our house, our marriage and my sanity. I am under a doctor's care right now for panic attacks because I am a mess. Thank you for anything you can do. I still miss her so much.
She hated wearing hats, ha ha.
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Update 64
Posted by Jayne Hitchcock
9 months ago
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Yesterday was the York Hospital's Volunteer Recognition Breakfast. I was asked to get up and speak about what Phoebe and I did there for pet therapy. When I was asked last week to speak, I balked at first. I still cry every day because I miss her so much. But I know she would want me to spread the word about what we did and what a wonderful furbaby she was to me. I took a Xanax and spoke and when I said that she died in April, everyone went "Awww" and honestly, I almost started bawling. They put her in the recognition brochure under my name and posted a quote I had emailed to the hospital before she had died. I hung that in the bar under her box of ashes. I admit I am crying while I write this. I miss her so much it's not funny. We are still $2,000 short of our goal. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Volunteer recogintion lunch
Showing how many hours Phoebe & I did
Under Phoebe's box of ashes
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Update 63
Posted by Jayne Hitchcock
10 months ago
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Once a quarter, Phoebe and I would go to the Salvation Army to give an online safety presentation for their "Tools for Life" class. Most of the students are immigrants (see photo), but they all loved Phoebe. I didn't realize how much until I went yesterday to do my first presentation without Phoebe. They gave me roses, chocolate chip cookies and a card. Inside the card: "Thanks so much for sharing your expertise and Phoebe's friendship with the Salvation Army Tools for Life class. We miss Phoebe but know she has a place in our hearts always and it is good to know that positive change and a feeling of safety comes through our four-legged friends!" I am so amazed at how many hearts Phoebe touched. It makes me sad, but happy and I had to share this with you.
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Update 62
Posted by Jayne Hitchcock
10 months ago
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Apparently Phoebe is not happy with where I put the lovely painting Jenn Mcvay made for us. Her box of ashes has been sitting in the dining room in the bag they came in since she died. I finally took the box out of the bag last night, removed the bubble wrap, gave the box a pat and put it on the dining room table. Less than a half hour later, the painting literally flew off the wall in the dining room. I saw it out of the corner of my eye. Chris Poulin and I looked at each other. I said to him, "Phoebe's not happy there. I guess we'll be in the bar tonight and bring those down there with us." The bar was her favorite room in the house and I haven't been in it since she died. I made sure she was in the bar with the painting and a memory box I made that is filled with things we found on our beach walks, her leash, collar, tags, favorite scarf, pet therapy vest and more. I miss her so much. We are still $2,000 shy of our goal to pay back the money we borrowed for her surgery and final expenses. Please share. Thank you.
Painting and her box of ashes
Memory box I made for her things
The memory box is filled
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Km Kijanka
11 months ago

My heart breaks for you Jayne. May you find comfort in the joy she brought to you and countless others.

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Karen Richardson
22 months ago

That is so great that Phoebe is doing well. It seemed she did have something to say about it! Aw. So glad she is doing well. :)

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$4,320 of $6,320 goal

Raised by 94 people in 22 months
Created May 21, 2015
Jayne Hitchcock  
$70
RainbowCats x11
10 months ago

Slowly but surely pays the bill. We're sending lots of love and soft purrs for you and for Phoebe's spirit. ♥ >^..^

$105
Kate Ashley
10 months ago
MB
$25
Maryanne Bruno
11 months ago

So sorry Jayne for your loss !

$100
Ellie Terrell
11 months ago

We will miss Phoebe so much but thank you for sharing her with us. She will not be forgotten. Ellie Terrell, Krystal Weaver and Colby

$60
RainbowCats x11
11 months ago

Oh Phoebe! Now you're healed and healthy again, running through fields with your friends who've gone before. We're sending love & loud purring to YourLady Jayne and all the others that loved you and were comforted by you in the very special life you lived. >^..^

$25
Susan Langer
11 months ago

So sorry for your loss.

$50
Anonymous
11 months ago
KY
$5
kirsty york
11 months ago

Hi sorry to post sad news but I'd like yo ask you all to help and if you can't donate please share .. As you all know I love husky dogs and a few years ago I became Facebook friends with Phoebe Hitchcock Poulin I loved reading the stories of her going to the beach always lovely to read what one of my fav animals were doing .... Anyway as you know a few years back I started my hair And beauty business Snips and Tips .. I was struggling for a brand name and beautiful Phoebe came up with Snips And Tips. So I feel I have tp say a massive thank you helping the success and Start of my business and would like help as much as I can for her family.. We all know how expensive and sad it is to lose a pet (who is actually a family member) thankyou xx https://www.gofundme.com/phoebetherapydog

$50
Jay Selberg
11 months ago
JD
$50
Joane Doyle
11 months ago

get better Phoebe....

Km Kijanka
11 months ago

My heart breaks for you Jayne. May you find comfort in the joy she brought to you and countless others.

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Karen Richardson
22 months ago

That is so great that Phoebe is doing well. It seemed she did have something to say about it! Aw. So glad she is doing well. :)

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