Dear Members of the Zeus Varis Fund, My Boston Terrier, Tallulah, has brought more joy into my life than I ever imagined possible. She is truly the best friend I could ever wish for. Her spirit and kind little heart are so apparent to everyone that meets her. I don’t think I’ve met anyone that didn’t fall in love with her. Children and adults alike in my neighborhood always stop to give her a pet, a hug, a kiss. She brings so much joy into the lives of many.

When she recently showed strange ocular symptoms, I called my vet. She sent me right away to BluePearl. I didn’t understand why there was a need for alarm. Boston Terriers are always allergic to something. When I heard the word “cancer,” I was in shock and disbelief. HOW could a 4 ½ year old dog have cancer? What did I do wrong? She has been with me since she was 7 weeks old eating properly, exercising, getting regular visits to her vet. She has had a few colds and, of course, a Boston Terrier knee injury as many do, but nothing like this. I could not believe what was happening. The very next day, I was already scheduled to meet with Dr. Joshua Lachowicz. He, and the rest of the Blue Pearl Oncology team, gave me the strength and hope I needed at that time. I didn’t know how I would get through the first chemo… or the second… but they were so loving, patient and kind to both me and Tallulah.

Now, as her treatments have progressed, my next question was “How am I going to pay for this?” My family had loaned me all the money they could. My credit cards were maxed out. This was not something anyone plans for especially with a young dog. It was not only emotionally difficult, but financially a burden I didn’t know how I could bear. Dr. Lachowicz told me to contact Sharon with Frankie’s Friends and your organization brought me a miracle!

It was unbelievable, stunning, humbling and heartwarming when I received my grant. I found, since Tallulah’s diagnosis, that few people understand what the love of a dog means. Many people see them as just pets and chemo is an outrageous consideration. I see it as doing whatever I can to prolong the life of my best friend. She has brought me such love, happiness and comfort… this is truly the least I can do for her.

Thank you so much for enabling me to give her every chance possible. I support many pet charities (American Boston Terrier Rescue, ACS’ Bark For Life, Animal Haven) and I cannot wait until the day that I am able to give back to Frankie’s Friends. You are now my one-and-only charity. I want to be able to bring the happiness to the life of another person like you did for me. And to bring hope to someone who thought it was all but lost.

I cannot thank your organization enough for this gift. There just aren’t enough words.

With many thanks,

Nicole and Tallulah