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Tonka's Salvation

$2,225 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 44 people in 10 months
Created April 8, 2018
Tonka is a 6 year-old Boston Terrier.  My "Wingman," and my best friend tried to save me, my wife, and my daughter from a scared and rampaging pitbull.  The mauling he received was both terrifying, and heartbreaking at the same time.  He has been "saving" me for years as the only being who calmed and rescued me from bouts of PTSD (from my military service), and now has sacrificed himself to save me from an impending attack.
  As he was being treated for his wounds, his vet noted the tell-tale signs of both testicular and cherry-eye cancers.  I would die to save my wingman's life, and his prognosis is good, if he can receive the life-saving surgeries he needs. 
  He will need the two surgeries to remove the cancerous lesions within the next month, and then process the tissue to determine whether or not he will need chemotherapy after his surgeries.  The only reason we have to wait that long, is because his vet (Dr. Danielle Robert) feels that it would be safer to allow him to recover a bit from his mauling.  Please help me save the animal who has been my salvation for so many years.  I would be forever grateful to anyone who keeps us in their prayers, or who can further open their hearts to financially assist his treatment and recovery.
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Well, our vet visit went pretty well. According to the vet, his cherry-eye itself shrunk a bit (as they can often do), and that made the tumor appear to have grown larger. Thank God that, in reality, the tumor remains the same size, and has not grown any larger, as I initially thought.
He had a rough night, as apparent nightmares about his encounter with the pitbull, keep haunting is dreams. His cries as he sleeps truly tear at my heart, but hopefully the dreams will pass soon. Fingers crossed, and please keep us in your prayers!
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Oops! Sorry, I forgot to include his photo with the last update.
Left eye tumor looking bigger...
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My little hero had a really good night, he slept all night without any major nightmares! Yeah! He is still bleeding and oozing from the bight mark to his neck, but we are going back to the vet this morning, and hopefully that will stop.
Sadly, we noticed on his daily cherry-eye inspection, that the tumor seems to be getting larger. I am terrified, but we are keeping our fingers crossed that I am just imagining the increase in tumor size. Keep us in your prayers!!
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Thanks so much to those who have help so far with their thoughts, prayers, and donations. We still have a ways to go, and all the help (in any way) we can get will be deeply appreciated.
Tonka is soldiering on, and beginning to heal a bit from his mauling injuries. The tumor on the top edge of his left "third eyelid" has grown slightly since his mauling, but we are trying to keep a positive outlook on things.
I had a huge PTSD related "attack" last night, and in spite of his pain, and amidst his own nightmares stemming from the mauling, he limped over to me, put his swollen chin on my leg, and stayed awake with me and comforted me until my own night terror passed. Then, he cuddled up with me and slept by my side for the rest of the night. God I love this little hero!
torn flesh starting to look better!!
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Raised by 44 people in 10 months
Created April 8, 2018
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