Emergency Medical Fund #titusstrong

For: Canines for Service Inc.
Wilmington, NC
Organizer: Canines for Service Inc.
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of $20,000 goal.
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The Story

Emergencies with your beloved pet are scary and expense. Too often people cannot afford the necessary medical care to save their beloved. Now, think about a service dog that the person relies on 24/7 for their independence. From retrieving a bottle of water in the middle of the night to take medications to waking the Veteran from a night terror. The work of a service dog is invaluable. Now imagine you live on disability income and the estimate for the care of the service dog is thousands of dollars. What choice would you be forced to make?  

Canines for Service has faced this with our Founder's Service Dog and the face of the organization, Titus. Now, we want to be prepared to help the clients we have served if their service dog is in need of emergency care.

In addition to this fund, Canines for Service is exploring pet insurance options for the service dogs.  But most pet insurances are a reimbursement of a percentage of the total costs and does not pay the veterinary service up front. Funds are still needed as the care is given.

This fund is specific to assistance with emergency medical funds for Service Dogs trained and partnered by Canines for Service for the clients we have served.

Canines for Service is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 4, 2016

Posted on April 4, 2016

It is with a very heavy sorrowful heart I write to tell you that we let our Titus go on March 30. He was very painful since previous Friday and we have not been able to manage it. The morning of the 30th he did not want food or treats, he was gray and gums were pale. Rick promised him he would not let him be in pain. He passed peacefully at home with us and our veterinarian, surrounded by love with our hands holding him.  

For those who want a little more clarity or reason for the bond that Titus and Rick shared. He had been with Rick 6 years, 2 months, and 25 days. During that period of time they have traveled coast to coast. They had driven close to 250,000 miles together since he was rescued from Horry County, SC. He weighed 42 lbs the day he came to us. His normal weight while working was 74 lbs. We have been guests of the Commandant of the USMC at both his summer parades and his Christmas Parties. We celebrated Christmas with the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and we were the guests of Michele Obama and Dr Jill Biden at the White House and a personal tour of the Pentagon. We have traveled from Wilmington, NC to CHARLESTON, SC, weekly for a full five years.

Titus served as a a great dog in training the prisoners the correct technique of the command sequence and he was used to demonstrate the proper way to do the skills while the new client worked with their new service dog.

During that time we were ONLY separated 9 nights, NEVER more than 12 hours. 3 nights (2 nights 1 time) and (1 night 1 time) when I was in the hospital for 2 shoulder replacements. And 6 nights during his hospitalization for his treatment.

Titus will truly be missed. 


Posted on January 16, 2016

Posted on January 16, 2016

Titus has been diagnosed with a rare form of GI lymphoma. What makes his case particularly different is the fact that there was only one single mass in the small intestine; something that is generally seen in cats not dogs. The x-ray showed the pneumonia was resolved, the ultrasound showed the surgical site healed but an additional something was seen in the lining of the abdomen. This object was approximately 2 inches in size and was not seen when he discharged.

We have decided not to go forward with aggressive chemo. We have put Titus on prednisone which will assist with inflammation and has some anti-tumor properties. Titus's life expectancy is likely less than a year. I will not allow Titus to suffer. We will make him as comfortable and pain free as humanly possible

To say this is a devastating blow is an understatement. However, both Pat and I feel we have been given two miracles already with the second lifesaving surgery and the blood transfusion. We never expected to bring him home and are blessed that we did. Titus was a gift from God and it is now between God and Titus. We are blessed for everyday Titus is with us.

We thank all our fans, supporters, friends and Canines for Service family and we ask your continued prayers be with us.


Posted on January 5, 2016

Posted on January 5, 2016

Titus has been home since January 2. He is doing well and is beginning to eat his regular food. Either Rick or Pat are home with him splitting their schedule and working from home. Titus will have an oncology consult on January 12 at NC State Veterinary Hospital. Until then he is being well cared for, getting his many medications and being offered food four times a day. The goal is to build his strength. Thank you to everyone for support. Please continue to share as we work to raise funds to help with his bills, his care and for future needs of service dogs we partnered. 

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