Help River get the Surgery he Needs

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Raised by 23 people in 23 months
River came into our lives 5 years ago.  He was rescued from a bleak parking lot after he was abandoned by his mother.  River chose me.  As soon as I picked him up he was kissing me and climbing on me trying to get as close as possible.  There was no way that puppy was not coming home with me.  When we got home, River was initially a little shy and wary of our dog Boychick.  Boychick was not too happy to have another dog invade his territory.  Over the next few days, they became the best of friends.  Now, the two are inseparable and love each other dearly. 

River has proven his love for me repeatedly, he doesn't leave my side when I'm sick.  If he senses I'm struggling with my depression he sticks to me like glue, giving me love and supporting me by being present.  At night he cuddles with me and in the morning wakes me with kisses. 

I could give numerous other examples of how important River is in our world, but I think for those dog lovers out there the message is likely recieved.  He is my best buddy and I love him fiercely.  Last night at the Vet we learned that River has torn a ligament in his knee as well as his miniscus.  In a human this is a horribly painful injury that requires surgery and physical therapy to heal.  The injury is no less painful for a dog and the treatment is the same.  Watching River in pain breaks my heart.  Feeling helpless because I cannot afford to get him the surgery he needs is one of the worst things I have ever experienced.  He is young, fun-loving and should not have to suffer for nearly a year in the hopes his body will heal on its own.  He needs our help.

I am very uncomfortable creating a gofundme campaign.  I am ashamed to be the caretaker of this incredible being and not be able to take care of him at this time.  Please, please, if you can, help me to get River the surgery he needs.  My gratitude knows no bounds for any help you can provide.  Thank you.
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Hello all, after our visit to the orthopedic veterinarian, we followed his instructions as closely as possible. Sadly, however, River's condition continues to worsen. It seems likely that despite our best efforts he will, in fact, require surgery. At this point we're looking at needing a total of $4,000. Serra and I have high hopes to be able to contribute chunks of money out of our financial aid returns. But we will still be significantly short. Any assistance at all would be so appreciated. River is clearly in pain. He is taking medication, but it's not helping as much as I would like. He's a puppy that's full of love and despite his discomfort only wants to give kisses and make everyone that comes to our home happy. Please , please let's try and help him to get better and eventually be pain-free. Surgery is the only way. Please help in any amount you can, every penny makes a difference and together I know that we can help River. Thank you. Shelly and Serra
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Hello all!

First and foremost, thank you again to all who have donated thus far. Today we took River to a veterinary orthopedic specialist. The doctor confirmed that River does NEED surgery. He explained that because of the torn tendons, River's bones are rubbing together and slipping off each other when he moves. The doctor said that when River does put a little bit of weight on his leg, he's trying to stabilize the bones, but that he's not feeling better - as we had hoped. The good news is that River's surgery will not be as expensive as first anticipated. Essentially, we need help to raise another $4,000. The money thus far has gone for blood work, medications and doctor's appointments. I was really, really hoping and praying that this doctor would tell us that River is improving and does not, in fact, need surgery. Since that is not the case, I am asking again, please help us reach the goal so we can take care of my River of Love. He's sad and in pain. I really want to help him. I am eternally grateful for any help you can offer. Thank you!
River waiting to be seen this morning.
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Hello all,

I wanted to let you know that thanks to your help thus far, we've scheduled an appointment with the orthopedic doctor to run some tests and determine what we can do to help him while we work on getting funds for surgery. I can't thank you enough for getting us this far. I will keep you posted.

Shelly
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Happy Monday everone! I can't thank those that have gotten us started enough. We still have a long way to go. Please share to your page if you haven't already. I really want to help my River and with all of you helping I have a great chance of getting hi. The surgery he needs. Thank you all so much!
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Raised by 23 people in 23 months
Created July 15, 2016
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Laura Bagish
21 months ago

Hope this helps!

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21 months ago
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Romelle Hughes
21 months ago

May my prayers to St. Francis be a help

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