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Heroe's and HOPE for Harley!
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Ended Mar 10, 2014
I'll start by saying I'm posting this Fundrazr for 2 reasons.  1) Out of need.  2) To prove to the naysayers that people DO care enough to help and that when given the choice, we choose to fight...not to lay down and die for the sake of money. ...

I'll start by saying I'm posting this Fundrazr for 2 reasons.  1) Out of need.  2) To prove to the naysayers that people DO care enough to help and that when given the choice, we choose to fight...not to lay down and die for the sake of money.  (continued below pic)

Our dear sweet Harley man was just diagnosed with a high likelihood of having cancer of his small intestine.  Due to the location, and despite xrays, ultrasound, an biopsies, they aren't 100% certain that it's cancer.  They do know that it is a very diseased portion that must come out or he will die, whether it's cancer or not.  It will not heal on it's own.  I have to call first think next week to schedule the surgery.  Dying is simply not an option...not without a good fight at least.  The cost of surgery will run anywhere from $1500 - $5,000.  I have a large portion of that tucked away in my emergency fund. I am short about $2,000. I'm usually the one donating to good causes, but given the time crunch, I am just going to suck this up and put it out there and see what happens.  They found no cancer in the aspiration biopsy last week, however, the vet called last night and explained it at length and in more detail.  That simply meant there is not 2 certain types of cancer.  It still is, very likely, cancer.  The bright news is that it has to be a local cancer, meaning it has not spread and doesn't have the ability to spread through blood.  (she used much more impressive terms with me, but that's laymans terms - my terms lol).  Surgery has a high chance of completely removing the cancer and allowing Harley to live out his years to old age.  Harley has been with us since he was probably less than a year old.  We had our UHaul truck loaded in WA and ready to pull away the next day.  My friend came over to say goodbye and was in a terrible spot and was facing having to rehome her dogs.  I said "We will take them with us!".  So the next morning, we added a big ol' goofy Dalmation named Chevy and a ratty little terrier mix named Harley (I'd say pit bull mix but I live in Aurora, CO so we never whisper those words outloud!),to the cab of the Uhaul truck and off we went. (continued below pic)

He has been the hero of our family, loved by all....ever since.  Death truly is simply not an option...not yet.  He is estimated to be around 8 years old.  I've had people say to me over the last few days "If he's just going to die anyway, why would you spend that kind of money?  You're not even working right now, how do you expect to pay the bills if you spend that kind of money on him?  I have friends who have spent thousands on dogs and they just die after surgery anyway.  I'd never spend that kind of money on a dog.".  Blah Blah Blah.  So I'm not working.  Actually, I have a fairly decent job that has supported my entire family for 2 years now.  I'm on unpaid medical leave waiting for my OWN surgery that I've put off for years now. (continued below) 

So the timing of Harley's needs suck and so this came at not the best time possible.  SO FREAKING WHAT.  LIke that matters to me?  Like I'm going to tell Harley "Well pal, it's been a good run, thanks for everything....but now...we wait for you to die."  NOT.  So...I figure the worst that can happen is I don't raise enough to cover the rest of the cost of surgery and I cancel my own surgery and go back to work next week and beg them to let me make payments on the rest.  MINE is not immediately life threatening...HIS is....NOT a hard choice...lol, right? Reminds me of a Winnie the Pooh pic, my favorite -  (continued after pic)

Thank you all if your are able to help.  If you aren't able to help, please post comments supporting the decision for surgery...  I am thinking sometimes people just need help understanding WHY we do the things we do... I've been a single Mom my whole life basically...I haven't always been able to do absolutely EVERYthing necessary for my beloved animals...or my children either for that matter....but as the leaders of our "Pack"....do we not have the utmost obligation to be there 1000% for our children...our spouses...or families...AND OUR ANIMALS as well.  Having fur doesn't make them any LESS important....

Harley last week, after his ultrasound/biopsy

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