We’ve Raised 18%

I apologize for being so slow to update here, lately.  Things are moving forward and I’ve been busy training at my second job, trying to get hold of some more money for Echo’s surgery.  It’s hard to deal with because I don’t get to see him as much as I usually would, but as he’s feeling ill, he’s sleeping more now anyways – so it’ll work out in the short term.

Aside from the extra sleeping and itching around his tummy, Echo’s doing well.  I know he’ll be thrilled after the surgery because he’ll get to eat food he likes again and his tummy will be much, much less itchy.  He’ll also get to go on longer walks again, since he gets tired too quickly to go exploring the distances he usually likes to drag me.  In the meantime, we’re just doing our best to get the rest we both need until this whole mess is over.

For those who don’t know about it, here’s the link to donate to Echo’s surgery fund.  (If you don’t want to cover the high donation fee there, you can donate directly to my PayPal account here.)  Please spread the word so that we can reach our goal and pay for Echo’s surgery before we run out of time!

Thank you all so much for reading this and I hope you have a lovely day!  ^-^

What A Month

So, for those of you wondering about my dog, Echo, he’s doing well.  As a result of his illness, he’s been sleeping a lot more, gets tired more easily, which causes us to go on shorter and shorter walks, and he’s very itchy all over his underside.  Aside from these side-effects, however, he’s doing well, and the doctor who will be doing Echo’s surgery comes back into the country today.  We’re still trying to fund-raise, of course.  We’ve reached 10% of our goal so if you can donate any amount at all or spread the word on your social networks about our predicament, I would really appreciate it.  

Echo and I went for a short trip out of town this weekend.  My dad and youngest brother were in town, and they picked us up on Friday afternoon after I got out of school and took us to Sacto where my Grandparents, Aunt, and a few cousins live.  My grandmother’s health has been questionable lately, but last week she was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  The doctors have given her months to live.  My dad already lost his father about 15 years ago so I know this is hard for him and his brothers and sisters.  We spent the weekend sharing stories, hugging, drinking, and taking care of Grandma.

Even though Echo is ill, himself, whenever Grandma was hurting, he would run immediately to her side and place his paws on her knees, his tail wagging, and lick her hand.  He’s always been a sweet dog, and he never does seem to like anyone around him to be unhappy.

My father, youngest brother, Echo, and I left last night, having to head back to work and school and life earlier than we would really like, hugging my grandmother goodbye and damn-near praying it won’t be for the last time.

Echo is a loving, energetic Shih Tzu who loves chasing tennis balls and he needs surgery ASAP!

A photo taken during our trip home in August.
This is Echo.  He has a pair of stones in his bladder & they will continue causing pain and bleeding until they are surgically removed.  I’m a student with no money, and after spending my entire $1200 tax return on diagnostic testing and treatments that didn’t pan out, I’m out of options. The surgery is going to cost $3000, and I desperately need your help to raise this money.  Please, help if you can. Any amount at all would be greatly appreciated.  If you can’t afford to donate, please spread the word so that those who can donate will hear Echo’s story.
Thank you and I hope you have the loveliest Sunday.  ♥

Surgery Funds for Echo the Shih Tzu

I’m sorry to have gone MIA on everyone.  The truth is I’ve been trying to improve myself and my time-management skills so that my grades for school are impeccable when I send out the impending college transfer applications.  Of course, even the best intentions are sometimes interrupted by emergencies.

As a result of a recent veterinary emergency, involving blood in his urine, we discovered that my dog, Echo, is in need of surgery due to a couple of stones in his bladder that are apparently resistant to being dissolved through other means. The surgery isn’t immediate, at the moment, because of the position of the stones. However, his veterinarian said that they could shift at any time, which would cause an emergency.

The cost of this surgery will be around $3000. Therefore, I’m trying to raise funds for it as quickly as possible, as there is no way that I can pay for it myself and it would take at least a year or longer for me to save up that kind of money with my current school and job situation, even with accepting more hours at work and taking on a second job.

I know we’re all strapped for funds in this crazy economy so if you can’t donate, I would be very grateful if you shared his fundraising page with anyone you know who loves dogs and might be able to help.  Here is the link for anyone who can help or has the time to share it.

Thank you so much for your time, and I hope you have a wonderful day.