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Help Save Zenji's Heart

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Raised by 85 people in 25 months
On April 30th, 2017; We received news that changed our lives forever.

It all started with a cough while Zenji was playing frisbee. Eventually the cough worsened until one night he was coughing so bad and wasn't able to breathe. We rushed him to the emergency room. They hooked him up to an oxygen tank and took X-rays of his chest. The vets told us he had an enlarged heart and fluid was built up in the lungs making it hard for him to breathe. He was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure at only 3 years old. This is especially sad news because this disease is usually found in much older dogs who have lived most of their lives already.

Our little guy went from being happy, healthy, playing frisbee, living life, to not being able to breathe within a matter of days. He lost a lot of weight and muscle mass. You can now see his ribs when he stands because he's so skinny.

The doctors told us we are going to have to put him on heart medication, medication to drain the fluid from his lungs, as well as multiple supplements to help his heart pump.

Unfortunately it doesn't stop there. Zenji has not only been battling this heart disease, the side effects from the medications he's taking has caused a significant amount of other problems throughout the rest of his body. The doctors diagnosed him with pre - kidney failure from one of the medications he's taking, he's had GI stomach issues, and his back legs are weak and he isn't able to walk for long.

This has led us on a wild goose chase trying to find underlying diseases on top of his heart failure. We've been to over 7 different doctors in 5 months, had 4 electrocardiograms $800 per (they use a very expensive machine to listen to the sound waves of his heart, which we will have to continue to do throughout his life.), had blood work done, stool sample tests, kidney tests, liver tests, etc. 

After spending over $20,000 so far, we realized this is more than what we can handle ourselves financially; and unfortunately the expenses don't end here. We have to continue to buy Zenji's monthly medicine, food, shots, and suplements. We know we have a long road ahead of us; and we're willing to do anything for our boy.

The money from your donations will go directly to all of Zenji's monthly medical costs as well as any doctor visits and heart tests. 

We want to give this little guy the best life we possibly can and really, anything you guys can give will help us out tremendously . Even if you can't give, just support and positivity would be greatly appreciated.

And please always remember to spread love, kindness, and compassion towards one another. Live everyday to the fullest, be here now and live in the present moment. Because you never realy know what you have until it's gone.

Thank you guys so much for your support and love, I don't know what we would do without you. For those of you that know us well, Zenji is our world, our pride and joy, the light in our life, and his health and happiness means the world to us. 

Love ,

Brooks, Marisa & Zenji ॐ




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Hi everyone! It’s Zenji here. Just wanted to update everyone on what’s going on. My parents have been so overwhelmed the past few weeks. I had an obstruction in my urethra and needed emergency surgery! This was so unexpected and out of the blue. I wasn’t able to pee at all which is deadly if it gets backed up in your system. My mom and dad rushed me to the ER in San Francisco. They drove overnight from LA to get me there. After surgery I ran into some complications. All of the sudden I started coughing non stop and sneezing and have a runny nose. They think I picked up some type of infection so they’re monitoring me with antibiotics and cough medicine. Positive vibes would be amazing right now. Me and my parents are overwhelmed both mentally, physically, and financially. Anything helps! We appreciate all of your support from the bottom of our hearts!
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Hey guys, just wanted to update you. I want to thank everyone for voting my poll I did in my Instagram story. I thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. Unfortunately I’m going to have to do the surgery April 3 my cardiologist said he thinks my heart will be okay for the surgery. My parents found an anesthesiology specialist that specializes in working with high risk patients in Portland and we’re going to drive there for the surgery. I will keep you updated along the way. Please send all of the love and prayers for my surgery my parents are so scared ❤️❤️ #GoFundMe #savezenjisheart #fightlikeafrenchie
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Thank you all for making my 4th birthday SOOOO special! Thank you to everyone who donated it means so much to me and my family. I’m currently waiting on some test results to come back from the doctor to see why I’m not able to store fat and why my ribs are showing even tho I eat so much food! I have my heart test in April which is exactly one year from last that I was diagnosed! Hopefully they will be able to tell me I’m progressing positively and then I will be able to get my tooth pulled so much to deal with over the next few months but I’m not giving up and I’m going to keep fighting like a Frenchie! Love, Zen
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Hey everyone, I turn 4 tomorrow!! Just wanted to update since I haven’t in awhile. I’ve been having an ongoing issue with being able to retain body fat and muscle, and my parents knew something was wrong with me even though the vets kept saying I was fine. They were so persistent and did all this research and they think I have a disease called EPI exocrine pancreatic insufficiency- they ran a bunch of expensive blood tests and we get the results back in a few days. My parents are a nervous wreck! We just want to know what’s going on with me!! We’re hoping none of my other organs are damaged and that this is treatable. I need all of the love and positive energy I can get. I’m trying to stay positive!! If you would like to donate click the link and the money will go towards my vet bills for my blood work ✨❤️ thanks everyone for caring ❤️ love zen
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