dog lovers, English Cream Golden Retriever, Go Fund Me, Help for a sick puppy's surgery, liver shunt in a dog, sick puppy, writers, writing
Hello blogging friends! I jump-started my blogging routine a couple of months ago and then, what do you know, it fizzled. The reason? Who knows!? I’m sure you have all experienced the same thing.
However, I am moved to do a blog post today because this precious 4-month-old puppy needs your help. Help from all of us. Let me explain . . .
Our daughter Paige is a crazy dog lover. Not a lover of crazy dogs, but is nutty over dogs. Actually, we all are. But, back to Paige being a dog nut . . . ever since she met an English Cream Golden Retriever several years ago, she has longed to have one of these gorgeous dogs in her life.
That dream came true in September when this little nugget came into her life.
Look at all that puppy-goodness!
Needless to say, I was head-over-heels in love as well.
Echo was enjoying all the shoe-chewing, rough housing, and public adoration that such an adorable puppy should be bestowed.
But something wasn’t quite right. People commented on how mellow she was. She had days where she was mopey and whiney. Echo appeared to sleepwalk and then bump into walls. The strange behavior wasn’t an everyday thing, so Paige wasn’t terribly concerned. Until one horrible day . . .
Echo started to foam at the mouth, have seizures, and was completely out of it. Paige rushed her to the vet in a panic, thinking Echo was about to die.
I got a heartbreaking phone call from Paige while she was in the examination room at the vet’s office as they ran tests on Echo. Paige and the puppy were a mess.
All of you parents out there know how awful it is to have your child in such emotional pain and you can’t do anything to ease that excruciating sadness. I wanted to carry the burden for her or magically make it go away, but here wasn’t a damn thing I could do and it about killed me.
To make a long story short, Echo didn’t die that night. The vet was able to stabilize her and sent her home with medicine and a strict diet. A week later they did a CT scan and confirmed their suspicions . . . Echo has a congenital condition where her liver can’t filter her blood properly. In essence, her system was poisoning her.
On a side note, Echo’s breeder has an excellent reputation and uses impeccable breeding procedures. She was stunned about Echo’s condition and in all the years she has been breeding Goldens, none of her puppies have had this birth defect.
But there is hope for little Echo. Surgery can correct the liver defect. But it is costly . . . to the tune of $10,000.
Shocking, right? But what do you do when you are faced with a sick dog, but fortunately something can be done about it? Echo is not a lost cause. However, without the surgery, the toxins in her system will irreversibly damage her organs and greatly cut her life short.
You can read the full story about Echo’s condition and what needs to happen in order for her to have a full, normal and pawsome life here at: Go Fund Me.
I write today to ask if you can help sweet Echo’s cause and make a donation at Go Fund Me. Any donation, large or small, will make it possible for Echo to undergo this crucial surgery. It is uncomfortable asking for money, but some causes are worthy of being in an uncomfortable place. For me, this precious girl is one of those causes.
It is hard to believe her liver is silently killing her.
If you can’t donate, keep Echo in your thoughts, re-blog this post, and/or share the Echo’s Go Fund Me link on your social media outlets.
I thank you. Paige thanks you. Echo says “arf,” which is dog-speak for “thank you.”
Isn’t it appropriate that a dog’s paw pad is in the shape of a heart?
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It’s Christmas – all I can hope is that there has been a miracle while I was away.
The pup was sent to you guys for a reason – she wil know kindness, joy, and love no matter what.
Waiting for sunset on Christmas Eve is like standing toes-over-the-edge on a high diving board.
Every year we’d cruise casually by the window to keep an eye on the sun’s progress until it was officially evening.
Then the shout “Christmas Eve Gift!” would ring out.
You see, the traditions says that the first person to voice that phrase on Christmas Eve to another would be graced with good fortune and joy all the next year.
(And of course, whomever was first won. Everything was a contest…)
It’s more difficult to be first now with caller ID.
As all those who have become my friends in blogland are spread widely across time zones, I’d like to wish you all “Christmas Eve Gift” now.
And as I already feel so fortunate to have such wonderful readers and writers in this neighborhood, I wish to share any phrase acquired good fortune and joy with you in thanks.
No matter where you are or what you are guided by, hope you have a very merry Christmas and a new year full of adventure and joy.
Peace on earth and goodwill towards all creatures great and small.
Running back by to see if there any updates on Echo. (Who can resist that paw?)
All paws crossed in the Realm with warm healthing thoughts being sent.
Sorry, Phil. I missed this. They have raised over $6000 towards Echo’s surgery. She will be having the surgery at the end of January. I’ll do an update after the surgery. Fingers crossed it all goes well. Thanks for checking in!
Mrs. P said:
What a sweetie! I see that you are about half way there…I shared on FB to see if some of my dog lover friends want to contribute. ❤
Kate Johnston said:
As you know, I’m an absolute sucker for animals. You got me, Robin. I donated, albeit a small amount, but hopefully it will help. I also tweeted and FB’d the post. I hope Echo gets the surgery he needs. I expect puppy kisses in the mail! 🙂
Gosh, thank you Kate!!! You are awesome. Every bit helps to make the surgery possible. She is so doggone cute and such a sweet girl. Puppy kisses will be delivered immediately along with a big hug from me and Paige!
I’ve tweeted this post, Robin, and am so hoping Echo can have her surgery. This is what we all need in our lives right now: an innocent sweet fluffy warm puppy. We’ll all ‘adopt’ Echo virtually. Please keep up updated on her condition and surgery. Will she need a new liver? Will the vet reduce the fee a bit? :-0
Thank you for sharing Echo’s story!!! It has been lovely to see people’s generosity. Restores one’s faith, if you know what I mean. I will keep you posted. She doesn’t need a new liver. In laymen’s terms, she has a shunt going through her liver where the blood merely goes through the shunt instead of being filtered by the liver. They will close the shunt so the liver can do it’s job.
I am puppy-sitting right now and she is so darn sweet. It kills me that she is sick.
Thinking of you all and hoping our sweet puppy is doing okay. You may be in ‘the city’ now doing your xmas shopping. The weather has been terrific. 🙂
on thehomefrontandbeyond said:
Reblogged this on On the Homefront and commented:
for all you dog and animal lovers…
Robin, can you take Paypal? I don’t use my credit card like that online.
Good morning, Scott. No, unfortunately Go Fund Me does not take Paypay, which seems odd to me. If so moved, you could mail a check to Paige Coyle, 412 Thatcher, Boise, ID 83702. Thank you so much, and thank you for the re-blog. You have good karma. And as you say, namaste.
Does Paige have a PayPal account? I would much rather send it to her or I could send it to you. It isn’t big, but it’s something.
She doesn’t have a Paypal account. You can mail it to me at P.O. Box 217, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Every little bit helps. The goal is big and until we saw the generous response from people, we thought the goal was unattainable. It truly is heartwarming to see the true spirit of humanity after such an ugly and contentious election. Thank you so much, Scott. You are a gem!
In envelope to be mailed soon. Good Luck!
Oh, Scott! Thank you so much for the donation to Echo’s surgery fund. My daughter got it yesterday and was blown away by your kindness. You are such a dear. Her surgery will be her lifesaver. Thank you, thank you!
I enjoyed helping.
Well, your donation restores my faith in the goodness of humanity. We thank you again.
Wonderful. I am now seeing more and more of the pass it forward around me. I love it.
Reblogged this on Kindredspirit23's Blog and commented:
I think it is a good cause.