Buddy is my little Jack Russell x Fox Terrier who I rescued from "death row" two years ago. He is approx 17 years old now, and currently very sick. He does not have long to live, and I am only asking for help to care for him during his final weeks - to give him the best quality of life for whatever time he has left.
Buddy was born with a heart-murmur and other issues, but his original owners seriously neglected his medical needs. Even though they had owned him since a puppy, at 12 years old they didn't take him travelling around Australia with them and had my friends look after him. When they returned from travelling 2 years later, they no longer wanted Buddy (at 14 years old) and were going to have him "put to sleep". As I had pet-sat Buddy for my friends on occassion, I pleaded with his original owners to not have him "put down" prematurely and instead to give him to me to look after until he was ready to "travel over the Rainbow Bridge". They eventually agreed.
When I took him to the vet, he was diagnosed with a Serious Heart-Murmur, Serious Periodontal disease, Poor hearing, Separation Anxiety, Arthritis, Floating kneecap, Multiple fatty-lumps, and Multiple food/skin allergies. Over the last 2 years, I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on him - aside from the usual Food, Treats, Leads, Walking Harness, Car Harness, Dog-bed, Grooming supplies, etc; I have also made accommodations for his health conditions (Medicated shampoo, Mini steps for getting on and off the couch, Extra seat cushions for the car, etc) as well as having bared all the costs for his Council registration, Microchipping, Vaccinations, Flea and Worm treatments, Monthly nail clips, and Dental work.
In July 2017 (just after my 70yo mother suffered a stroke), the vets told me his Heart Murmur had escalated to a "Grade-6" - the final and worst stage of his disease. They said most animals that reach this stage of Congestive Heart Failure have approximately 6-8 months left to live (expectation being Jan-Mar 2018). He was immediately put on medication to help reduce excess fluid on his heart and lungs and to help his heart to pump more effectively.
He was doing quite well until early last week (25th Sep 2017). Over a matter of days, he became very lethargic, was coughing more, eating less, and was definitely not himself. I took him to the vets on Wednesday where the vets said he was in "Critical" condition. He was admitted to the vets that afternoon, then transferred to the 24 hour Emergency Vet for overnight care, then transferred back to the local vet the next day for further monitoring and treatment. By Thursday night he had improved, and we decided I could take him home for the night (as he seems to do better at home - more relaxed, more comfortable, etc). He seemed to be on the mend (as much as he can be) and kept improving at home, so that's where he stayed.
Buddy has fought all his life, and continues to fight against expectations. Therefore, as long as he continues to fight, I will fight for him also.
UPDATES: I have and will post updates as time goes on - Please click on the "Updates" tab at the top to read more about how Buddy is doing.
As you can imagine, his many vet treatments and medications cost a lot of money. My main source of income is actually the Disability Support Pension and over the years, I have paid as much as I can towards Buddy's care, and even had friends and family help me pay for his costs. However, it has reached the point where I have no money left for his vet treatment. The last few weeks alone have cost nearly $2500, and there are still the on-going costs of his medications, check-up appointments, etc. Therefore, I am humbly asking for you to help chip in for Buddy's foreseeable medical costs, in the hope I can give him the best quality of life possible, for however long he has left, as well as help pay for his "end of life" costs (euthanasia, burial, etc), when the time comes.
Please, if you can help, even just a few dollars, it would be so very much appreciated.
Thankyou for all your support and prayers. Bless you all heaps,
Debra (Buddy's mum)