Save our Travis

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Raised by 18 people in 7 months
How much would you do or spend to save your pets life?  Our little Foxy called Travis has been part of our family for 6 years after being found abused and traumatised and to this day is still blind in one eye. 

He is part of our family of seven and has been my young sons best friend from the moment we took him home from the animal shelter.

My son has Autism and Travis has been there through thick and thin as my son has grown.   That's his best mate and they have never been apart for long.

As I write this our darling Travis is on a ventilator machine to help him not only calm him while the toxins from what is now thought to be a very small tick are slowly taken away from his body but also to help drain his lungs as he is battling pneumonia. 

Yesterday, as we all stood around, crying watching helplessly and knowing if we continued the thought of deciding to stop treatment when the vet has given him a 60% chance of survival seemed a no-brainer!!     The huge problem tho if we continued with saving the most loved dog xx  in Australia was to put him in a ventilator machine and having him monitored with his own nurse at a cost of up to $5,000 a day!!!    

Trying to explain to my children the reasoning for the huge cost only made them angrier at the vets but my younger boy with Autism has been the hardest to make understand.   So as a family we have scratched together what we could and at 11.30 am yesterday 06th November our beautiful little boy went into the ventilator machine.

Overnight I called twice and again this morning to find no change and to be told it takes a few days to see improvement! 

We have no money left except $1,500 I gleaned from a friend and the leftover in my account.    In fact when I raced to the ATM this morning I ran into a friend I hardly know who could see how distressed I was and gave me $50.             I couldn't stop crying through her generosity.  :(

So I'm asking for some assistance so we can bring our dearly loved boy home.   We miss him so, so much and our home and children have all lost their spark. 

Thank you and we are forever grateful.     xxx 

Judy and family
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Our little boy tried his best yesterday trying to breathe on his own as we waited patiently for updates from the vet.
At 9 pm last night we got the sad news that Travs heart and brain were not coping and all his vital signs were seriously impacted. After a very long and sad conversation with the vet, we decided to bring him home tomorrow.

We woke early to meet all our children at the vet's and say our last goodbyes. The vet took Travis off the ventilator one last time and Travis was given a needle to make him go to sleep forever. We were all sobbing and still in shock that our little boy was gone.

Once Travis was wrapped in his favourite blanket the vet carried him out to my car saying how very sorry he was. It's hard to think about anything other than the pain our family is feeling but I must take time to thank the 24/7 vet on Anderson Street for the time, care, love and support they have given us and especially Travis. Sure, there have been times where I have felt frustrated but that's because this time last week I had no idea how utterly useless and broken we would feel when trying to give Travis the best care.

Travis is buried in my flower garden at the bottom of our yard where we can see him from our veranda.
Lia has through a wall of tears set up a montage of photos on our tv with Travis enjoying his life with our family; at the beach; playing with his girlfriend from across the road; sleeping on Lia's bed just so many memories rolling over on our tv. Sad but beautiful!

Goodbye to our beautiful boy; we are so very sorry; we tried our best to save you; you will never, ever be forgotten. xxx
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What a rollercoaster ride again! After waiting all day to hear from the vet and us all realising that we can't go on and were prepared to go in and take Travis off the ventilator as he has tried his hardest for us all to get better; the vet calls to say Travis has been breathing on his own for five hours!!!
We couldn't believe it. Our boy was still fighting! We are so, so grateful for the team of nurses and vets who have continued to fight for Travis even though at times it feels like all is lost :(
Then at 9 pm, the vet called again to say Travs heart is getting progressively worse with some irregular signs showing up on the machines.
WTH! Once again we have been hit in the guts after believing our boy was getting better.
Then the vet spoke about the subject of money and us getting another loan similar to the Zip Money loan we have just got and he also said how he has had a look at our bill and taken about $4,000 off!! They will never know how much we appreciated this. So far we have given them nearly $12,000 and this is breaking our family like a slow death.
I can honestly say the nurses and vets have tried and tried to get him off the ventilator without much success. And they have worked tirelessly 24/7 to help our boy.
We live for the phone calls from the vet and appreciate them updating us when they have an opportunity too but we are just not coping as a family with the good news followed by the bad news and it's really a shock for us all.
Another sad night in our home with us all praying for our darling little boy.
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The sadness of another day has dawned with the early morning phone call to the vets giving us the same news as yesterday...... he was stable all night and the process of weaning him off of the oxygen has begun again.
If our anguish and tears weren't enough all week then the reality of dear little Trav being on a ventilator for another day is certainly hitting our family so hard.
Through our tears we talk about what we would do for him when he gets home; sleep on my bed (never been allowed too!) get in my car ( another area he wasn't allowed in!)
But the brutal reality is we have no money left and even tho you amazing, pet loving people have donated so much we have to realise that maybe, just maybe this horrible week of trying to save our beautiful boy has come to an end.
As it is I had a nightmare of not being able to find my wallet and woke sobbing
We are holding our breath for this arvos update and are still staying strong in our belief he is getting better
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