Gracie was a rescue puppy, so tiny when she was adopted that she had to be fed from a bottle for the first weeks. The family was told that she was a chihuahua mix, and would be a very small dog, exactly what they were looking for. Gracie thrived in her new, loving environment, and reached about 50 pounds at 11 months old. So much for the chihuahua heritage! Her size was a surprise, but her personality was everything they’d hoped for and more.
Like little kids, puppies explore their world by chewing. Unfortunately, Gracie ate a hand-towel, and became very ill. Her family pulled all their savings and credit card cash, nearly $4000, to pay for surgery to save the dog they all adored. Gracie came through the surgery and seemed to be doing pretty well, but then her abdomen began to fill with fluid. Luckily the vet that treated Gracie participates in a monthly volunteer cat spay and neuter clinic. Dr. C knew how much the family loved Gracie, and wanted an opportunity to give her another chance. Dr. C also knew the other vet, Dr. McR, would provide another pair of experienced hands to try and save the puppy.
I took one look at this sweet face and fell in love, as did all the other volunteers. Gracie was a very, very sick little girl, but we all wanted so much for her to pull through. She was the last patient of the day, and everyone was sending up silent prayers as the two wonderful vets worked on her. Gracie’s family was incredibly grateful for all the extra effort, but not surprised that their puppy had touched all our hearts. The family’s two little girls didn’t really understand, but did their best to help their best friend recuperate when she came home.
Unfortunately, Gracie began to fail once again. My best friend was haunted by Gracie’s struggles, and made arrangements for one last try to save her. She made arrangements with an amazing veterinarian surgeon to try to save Gracie. The family agreed, and the cost was put on my friend’s personal charge account. In spite of all the prayers and efforts, Gracie’s heart stopped on the operating table and they couldn’t bring her back.
This puppy touched so many lives, and her story still does. We are now asking everyone to please donate anything you can towards my friend’s account at the vet office, so that her kindness doesn’t have to absorb all the cost of Gracie’s surgery. We were unable to set up a bank account or PayPal account for the Gracie fund donations, since it’s a single animal rather than a certified charity. You can send PayPal funds from your account to the email@example.com PayPal account, and indicate it’s for the Gracie fund. The funds will then go to the vet hospital that performed the surgery, and I will be happy to provide documentation of all the funds received and forwarded to the vet hospital. I’ve never done anything like this before, but would love to see many people share in this effort, rather than my friend having to handle it all herself.
Thank you so very much. This is a wonderful family, and their memories of Gracie will be even more special if they can see a multitude of people taking part in this effort for Gracie’s memory.