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Help my buddy "Bear" survive
$3,530 raised
101% of $3.5k goal
37 contributors
4 Years running

Bear needs surgery to survive.  He has a growth on his jaw and if he does not have it removed it will continue to grow until he will no longer be able to eat and will die.  I've been to three different veterinarians and they have told me it is not cancer and after surgery he will resume a healthy life.  The cost of the procedure is $5000. and I have been able to save $1500, but Bear's time is running out.  Please help me help Bear.  Thank you.

Bears Story. I have always been a dog lover and always had dogs, always rescues because they need homes the most. I got a phone call from a friend of mine asking if i'd be interested in a dog because a coworker had been trying to have his dog adopted and was having no luck personally and through a shelter. He said that the dog had a badly injured rear leg and because of his size and breed people seemed too scared to adopt him, the dog wasn't socialized with other dogs, people or children, which was too big a red flag for most. Bear is a Cane Corso. I asked why me? lol. He said because i've had large dogs and at the time had an english mastiff so big dogs don't scare me haha. He said he wouldn't ask but the owner was giving it another week and then he would have to put Bear down if he didn't find a home for him, because he was leaving the country for a job opportunity. I told him to give me 24hrs because I had to consider my dog as well, the last thing I wanted was to put my own dog in danger. I called him the next day and said I couldn't guarantee anything but I would meet the dog and see for myself what kind of temperment he had. I called his coworker and arranged to drive about an hour to meet Bear. He warned me that he wasn't socialized and may not be friendly but was happy that I was giving Bear a chance. They had bear behind a gate when I arrived for my safety, as the owner was explaining the situation, Bear got up and wasn't barking but just wagging his tail with his face mooshed up against the gate. The owner put his leash on and slowly brought him over to me. As soon as we greeted eachother Bear bolted to grab his toy and bring it to me to play. The owner was shocked, we played for about an hour and then we sat down to discuss when I would take him, we decided I should probably see him a few more times before the move. When I went to my truck to get my to put my things away Bear followed me out and jumped in the truck, at that point we both knew that Bear was ready for his new home and I took him on the spot. The owner said to me, "As crazy as this sounds, I think we've been raising your dog for the last 5 years" Since the moment we saw eachother we've been connected or I should say reconnected. He's great around kids, people and dogs. Completely different than what I was told I was getting, my buddy Bear.

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