“Pup” has a mass on her spinal cord. It is a 99% chance of being benign, according to her surgeon.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Gem of the Day: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr .~
Dear Small Pawsers,
First of all, thanks to all of you who participated in our recent online Holiday Auction, which raised $10,533.00! Thank you to Jody Ferraro for being our great Webmistress!
So for those of you who have been following the auctions for years, you know it takes a while to get the funds into our Small Paws Rescue account.
Second of all, it’s Thanksgiving week and many of our people are already leaving to visit friends and family.
That’s why I’m trying to get the word our about this while we still have people who are home and can help. I’m praying there is someone home who can help.
We have a situation and her name is “Pup”. She was already named “Pup” and we didn’t want to take that from her. She’s being fostered with Mike and Sally Montgomery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I first told you about Pup, who weighs only 9 pounds, when she was surrendered to a shelter in Texas for extreme pain, back in the summer.
We raised funds for her to have a CT scan to see if we could find out what was causing constant pain in her back.
It was inconclusive. Boo-Hiss.
So we have had her on major pain meds, including compounded pain meds due to her small size, just to keep her comfortable, until we could get a certain diagnosis.
We did an MRI which was around $2,400.00 and there it was.
Pup has a large mass extending the length of three discs L4, 5, and 6.
But here’s the thing.
There is a 99% chance it is BENIGN. YES!
The surgeon, Dr. Michael Orencole, DVM, DACVS-SA at the The Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, says he does up to four of these types of spinal surgeries a week and he that feels he can get it, without paralysis. He feels she can be a normal dog without pain.
He said if it was malignant, with as large as it is, she would be dead already.
And she is very much alive, but in pain. The estimate for the surgery is for $4361.92 -$4999.14.
This is a video of Pup, shuffling along in pain. She cries out. The mass is growing and will continue to grow until she is paralyzed, but in too much pain to keep her going.
We HAVE to do this surgery to relieve her pain, or we would need to be having a serious discussion about her quality of life.
I can’t tell you how many times over the last 24 1/2 years that I’ve asked you all to climb the invisible staircase with me, building a step at a time, until we can all walk to the top.
This time, with little Pup walking up with us.
I don’t know how many times I’ve asked, but by climbing that staircase with me, we have accomplished many beautiful and wonder filled things, over the years.
With God’s help, we’ve put dogs back together, when no one else would have even tried. But you tried. And no, many of you are loving and living with those dogs, today.
She deserves a chance to be out of misery and live her best life. Will you walk up that staircase one more time, so that we can give her that chance? I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenges.