Wolfie's Sponsorship Fund
When I met Anne at the nursing home where my partner went for stroke rehab, she told me about her little dog Wolfie, and how badly she missed him. Anne is a ward of the state, with a court-appointed guardian. Before she went into a facility, she was living in her car with her maltese, Wolfie. When she became a ward of the state, Wolfie was taken away from her and put into the care of an appointee. She hadn't seen him in more than two years.
I suggested to my partner that we try to find out who was taking care of Wolfie, and see if we could foster him at our house so he could visit with Anne a couple of days a week on a regular basis. The facility put us in touch with Anne's guardian, and we worked it out.
In October, Wolfie came to live with us and our four dogs. The first thing we did was have him vetted, and we found out that he has a pretty serious health issue: liver disease. We're still running tests to figure out exactly what's causing it, so we'll know if there is a better way to treat it than what we are doing now.
Because the bulk of Anne's Social Security is used to pay for the eldercare facility where she lives, she really doesn't have any extra money for all the things Wolfie needs. He's turned out to be a pretty expensive house guest. He is fed a special food, he is on two medications, and he has to have his liver enzymes tested every 6 months. His upkeep is going to cost about $1,300.00 per year; not counting his grooming or any vet visits in addition to the 6 month tests.
Here are Wolfie's expenses:
FOOD: $30 mo / $360 yr
EYE MEDS: $70 - 3 mo. supply / $280 yr
LIVER MEDS: $26 mo / $312 yr
6 MONTH LIVER CHECK: $139 ea ( 2 per yr.)
As I mentioned earlier, we have four dogs of our own, and we sure could use some help with this foster pup, which is why I started this gofundme. Your donation will be put into a special fund for Wolfie's care. And I will be completely transparent about how it is spent.
You can read more about Wolfie and Anne, Up on the Woof , where you will also find other ways to donate, if you are someone who doesn't like to use a service like this one.Anne seeing Wolfie the first time after more than 2 years.
We began this month with a running balance of $231.40
We have received no new donations, yet costs continue.
This month's expenses so far have been:
Tri-Heart Plus $24.90.
Cans of Nulo plus 2 bags of desirable treats (they were but one get one at 50%) $27.10
His fund after these expenses is: $151.64
When we began the month, Wolfie had a balance of 260.43 in his fund. We received one donation in August for $25 ($23 after fees) for a running balance of $283.43.
We incurred the following expenses:
Cans of Nulo plus a bag of Fruitable treats $16.04
One month supply of Trazodone $9.00
Our balance at month's end was $231.40
On July 5, he saw his vet for a six month checkup on his liver. The results were very encouraging! His ALT went from 769 to 200; his ALP went from 1000 to 700; AST which was out of range, is now normal! He is also at his goal weight of 8 lbs., Down from 10.8 lbs. Looks like the diet of Nulo with fresh fruits and veggies and the daily Denamarin were the right choices.
The Trazadone is so everyone can get a good night's sleep once or twice a week. Willie likes to get up about 3 or 4 am and get everyone up with him. The Denamarin helps him sleep through the night. Don't plan on giving it to him more than 2x a week though - - preferring to go easy on his liver.
Thank you for your sponsorship, which has made it possible for us to get him straightened around!
The first receipt is part of last month's update. The second receipt is for July 4, his monthly Denamarin. For some reason, Drs Foster & Smith did not put the price on the receipt, but the cost was the same as all the previous months: 27.74. That left a balance In his fund of $304.35.
He continues to see Anne 2 or 3 times a week. He loves going to the nursing home because he associates it with walking. Wolfi e doesn't like walking in our gravel drive, but he enjoys the cool smooth tile in the nursing home, where he can find cookie crumbs or the errant piece of popcorn on Wednesday afternoons when the residents have movie day.