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SEATTLE – A five-month old Dachshund puppy named Bob was just starting out in life when he was struck by a car while out for a walk. The accident broke both his back legs and left his family unable to cover the cost of the care he so desperately needed.
The day of the accident Bob was rushed to his local veterinarian where it was determined he would need an orthopedic surgeon to properly repair his broken legs. A surgery that was beyond the means of his family and without which he would not be able to use his back legs. Unable to cover Bob’s care, the family opted to relinquish Bob in the hopes he would find someone who would be better able to help him. That is where Bob’s new owner stepped up to help.
Jake, Bob’s new owner, began fundraising to raise enough to cover the surgery, doing whatever it takes to help Bob, even selling his Vespa scooter, but he is only halfway there. Which is where we need your help!
The good news is Bob does have a chance to walk again. Frankie's Friends is asking for your support to help cover the cost of the surgery which is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
“We are incredibly grateful to those donors who will help give Bob a second chance at a full life,” said Jake Fritz, Bob’s new owner. “We know he still has a long road ahead with the surgery and his recovery, but knowing others want to help Bob means the world to us. You never know whose life you will change!”
Hurricane Irma ripped most of the roof off the Brotz family’s house and then came another crisis – their beloved dog Merlin suddenly developed a fast-growing mass inside him.
LARGO, Fla. -- Hurricane Irma ripped most of the roof off the Brotz family’s house and then came another crisis – their beloved dog Merlin suddenly developed a fast-growing mass inside him.
Coming at the same time as the hurricane, the family could not afford both a roof repair and a surgery. Alan and Gali Brotz were scared about what this might mean for the best dog they’ve ever had.
But there’s a ray of sunshine following this storm. Frankie’s Friends, a national charity which provides lifesaving care for pets, is stepping in to raise money for Merlin’s care. We can't do this without your help. We are asking for donations to cover the cost of the surgery which is tentatively scheduled for Friday at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Clearwater.
“Merlin is such an important part of the Brotz family and they’re obviously devoted to him,” said Danielle Martin, executive director of Frankie’s Friends. “They should not have to choose between having Merlin or a roof over their head, and that’s why we’ve decided to help.”
Alan and Gail Brotz said they’re grateful because Merlin is so important to the whole family.
“We’ve never had a dog as great as Merlin. He’s a gentle giant, that’s what we call him,” Alan Brotz said. He said Merlin looks a bit intimidating, but is actually a marshmallow. “He can protect the house, but he’s a lover. He’s just the sweetest, smartest dog. The kids love him.”
Alan Brotz said his three children, who are 8, 4 and 2, are worried because they know Merlin sick.
Merlin, a mixed breed dog who is about 6, is normally all muscle and bones, but developed a swollen abdomen within the past week. The family took him to their family veterinarian, who did an X-ray but recommended going to BluePearl for an ultrasound, just one of the diagnostic procedures available at the emergency and specialty veterinary hospital.
The ultrasound revealed a large mass. It’s not yet known whether it is benign. But BluePearl veterinarians plan to surgically remove it on Friday.
That would mean the world to the Brotz family.
“It would be incredible,” Gali Brotz said. “We’ve really spent hours and hours trying to figure this out. For everything to happen at once, it’s a very difficult position to be in.”
Unfortunately another hurricane has devastated many pets and families in our country. Hurricane Irma has displaced many pets and families in Florida and surrounding areas and we need your help. As the rescue efforts continue, there will be pets in need of emergency veterinary care to save their lives. Families have lost everything, many will need help with the cost of veterinary care for their pets. Frankie's Friends is asking for you to help us, help pets affected by Hurricane Irma. Please consider donating today, to help family owned pets directly affected by the latest storm.
Our hearts are breaking for the families and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. As the rescue efforts continue, there will be pets in need of emergency veterinary care to save their lives. Families have lost everything, many will need help with the cost of veterinary care for their pets. Frankie's Friends is asking for you to help us, help pets in Texas. Please consider donating today, to help family owned pets directly affected by the devastation in Texas.
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