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$125 raised
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Swoozie was rescued by Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in January. Upon evaluation we realized Swoozie was a sweet girl who just needed a nice home and some love, while we figured out her issues. ...

Swoozie was rescued by Standing Proud Pit Bull Rescue from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control in January. Upon evaluation we realized Swoozie was a sweet girl who just needed a nice home and some love, while we figured out her issues. Once a foster was identified, Swoozie was taken in to Standing Proud. One of her first appointments was with a veterinary ophthalmologist. While quite costly, this is what we signed up for when we took her in. Unfortunately this visit yielded a pure lack of results, and Swoozie’s eyesight didn’t appear to be the major cause of her clumsiness. She was started on some medications to see if that would help, but other than that we were back to square one.

A few weeks transpired and her symptoms appeared to be getting worse. She was bumping into walls on a constant basis and having trouble walking on hard surfaces. At this point it was suggested to us that her ailment may be neurological. Swoozie has since been to see a neurological specialist to diagnose her issues, however we still lack answers. The next step in the diagnosis is an MRI and spinal tap procedure, with a cost totaling over $2,000. The veterinarian has cautioned us that there’s a 50% chance that whatever her ailment is, it may not even appear on this battery of tests, and we might be back to square one once more. This is where those tough decisions come in to play.

Anyone who has been in rescue long enough will have had the internal struggle that I am about to relate to you….”We can save another five dogs, at least, with $2000”….”But she is our responsibility, we cannot fail her and give up.” This goes back and forth and back and forth, never really resolving itself, regardless of the decision reached. Standing Proud was started to make a positive impact in the lives of pit bulls, and dogs in general…who are we to say that one life is not as important as five others? We have a philosophy around here, and that is ‘quality over quantity’. You will never see us overflowing with animals, or putting our own thoughts and feelings above the best interests of any one animal. That’s just not the way rescue should be.

That all said, we have decided to proceed with the testing for Swoozie. Whether or not it yields a positive diagnosis, it is a necessary step that we are going to take. A few months ago when we answered that call, it was implied that we would provide the very best for Swoozie by any means necessary. This decision will cause us to refrain from intake for a while, unless we can raise the $2000 without issue. But we all find comfort in the fact that we are doing the right thing for our girl. She is just as deserving of happily ever after as the next dog, and lucky for her we’re going to try our best to give her that opportunity!

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