Keolu, my 6-year-old Shiba dog, was diagnosed with a cancer. He just had a CT scan and the veterinarian said that in addition to the large mast cell tumor that we first found on his hip, he has a second tumor near his sacrum. Both are operable and in the next few weeks he will have surgery. He has now started with steroid treatment and after surgery, he will have chemotherapy.
Keolu has been my constant companion since he was an adorable puppy. We even share and celebrate a birthday together. He has a younger sister named Ippo who is healthy and is protective of him. Both love their long walks and even longer naps. And they both know words and commands in Japanese and English. And just like most Shibas, Keolu can be stubborn especially when out for a walk - deciding where he wants to go.
With COVID-19 and the loss of tourism in Japan, my main source of income as a professional tour guide has essentially stopped. I am still able to work at my second job, but Keolu’s medical expenses come at an unfortunate time. I appreciate anyone who is able to contribute and help offset his test and treatment costs. And both Keolu and Ippo appreciate your help too.
My goal for his fundraiser is to help with his test, surgery and chemotherapy costs. After the treatment needs are better defined, I might need to raise the goal to help cover future testing and treatment. And I’ll keep everyone updated with his progress.
Thank you all for your generosity. -Kazu & Keolu