Meet Freckles. Abandoned, abused, and wrongly accused, he has had to fight for his life more than once.
When he came to Silver Rescue, we were almost positive that, with his history and rap sheet, he could never be safely re-homed. Having given him sanctuary, we soon discovered that he is anything but the monster criminal he was made out to be. As he healed, he made friends with the other foster dogs and cats, became a universal blood donor to save the lives of other dogs, and reveled in the vet techs' love and attention. He's now a trained service dog who alerts me to diabetic sugar lows and calms nervous dogs as they make their way to their forever homes. He is an invaluable member of our rescue family, loved, safe and secure.
His new life appeared to be perfect, but one morning, he fell off the bed and stumbled around leaning to one side. He had survived a stroke, and to this day, he walks with a permanent tilt and sports the cutest inquisitively cocked expression on his freckled face. That became his new normal and life went on.
One year later, a single small wart seemed to grow overnight into a thumbnail-sized bulbous, angry mass.
He was diagnosed with mast cell cancer. Surgery would be unable to remove it entirely, so we had to consider other options.
1. Do nothing - but he would not survive long.
2. Amputate – not a good choice because of his already underdeveloped hind legs. Losing one would leave him unable to navigate the flights of stairs that are a part of his daily routine.
3. Radiation therapy - but it would have to be done miles from home in Atlanta where I would need to leave him for four weeks. This was the best life-saving option but it is very expensive and carries the likelihood of painful burns. After the pain he has endured in his life, I couldn't consider inflicting more.
4. Chemotherapy - this seemed to be the best alternative. It could be done right here in Nashville and Freckles could recover in the loving atmosphere of home. The oncologist had treated Willa three years before, and I knew Freckles would be in the best of hands.
So, treatment is underway with an estimate of $5000.00.
Can you help Freckles with his medical bills? He appreciates any help in any amount, and it is tax-deductible. And, if you come out to the annual Pittie Fest October 27 in Nashville's Centennial Park, you can collect your thanks in the form of Freckles' sweet kisses.