Frankie's Fund

For: Frankie Bordelon
Portland, OR
Organizer: Rene Bordelon Andersen
Frankie's Fund (Frankie Bordelon)
$3,164
of $5,000 goal.
Raised by 57 donors
63% Complete

The Story

Frankie is our beloved dog. He is a pit bull mix and is truly an ambassador for his breed. He spreads love and joy everywhere he goes and everyone who meets him loves him. He loves everyone he meets including other dogs and even cats. Frankie is the sweetest most wonderful dog, but he has had a bit of a rough life health wise. He has had extreme allergies his whole life and he's had to have a growth removed and he had congenital defects in his knees that lead to him having two surgeries to fix his knees after the tendons snapped. Then suddenly, on Friday March 17th, 2017 Frankie collapsed out of the blue and seemed to be struggling to breathe and a bit dazed, often staring into nowhere. His heart was also racing so we rushed him to the after hours emergency vet. They found out that his heart was enlarged and his liver enzymes were high and they didn't know why so he had to stay there all weekend until he could see the veterinary cardiologist on Monday. It was a horrible, terrifying weekend. Frankie's heart rate had gotten up to over 360 beats a minute and his temperature was 10 degrees below normal. I really have no idea how he lived through all of this. We really thought we were going to lose him. Yet somehow he held on and pulled through! He really is remarkable. His will to live is incredibly strong. This was the beginning of what would become one of the most stressful, scary and expensive years we would have with Frankie. 

We moved to Portland, OR in May 2017 and Frankie was like a puppy again! He was full of energy, taking long two hour walks and dog park visits every day! He would play and wrestle with other dogs and he especially loved puppies, which is odd for an older dog but he truly loved them and would play with them so well. We made lots of doggy and human friends here in our new neighborhood and all because of Frankie. We were so happy to see him so happy and healthy and doing so well here. 

We then went back to CA for a visit in Sept 2017 and Frankie started to have some allergy issues again. We assumed that they would clear up again when we got back to Portland but they only continued to get worse. We saw our usual vet and then a dermatologist as he was inflamed and losing spots of fur. The dermatologist did some biopsies to make sure that it wasn't cancer or a bad infection and both of those were ruled out. They then put him on a very strong allergy medicine called Atopica and he had a horrible reaction to that drug. So, we took him off that drug and then they tried another drug called Cytopoint and again, it didn't help and actually seemed to make him worse. At this point we were all at a loss as to what to do. He has had skin scrapings, blood work, everything and nobody seemed to be able to figure out what was causing his hair loss. It was actually not his allergies, but some sort of mysterious autoimmune type of situation causing his hair loss. 

All that was awful and then in December he had another tachycardia episode. We rushed him to the vet and they were able to get him converted again and he came home with us and we took turns staying up with him all night until we could see the cardiologist again. After some more tests they found out that his heart was now at a good heart rate, but it was unfortunately becoming arhythmic. So, basically his heart is getting worse but there isn't much we can do other than to keep an eye on him and alter his meds. 

And just when we thought we might get a break for a while , today he had to go to the vet because his stomach looked distended and his breathing seemed a little heavy. After x-rays we found out that he has fluid in his abdomen. This could be part of his heart issues. He may just need extra diuretics or his heart might be beginning to fail. He also had a mysterious mass in his chest that they couldn't really tell much about due to all the fluid clouding the x-ray. So, once again, we are in a scary place. 

Since the December episode he has really slowed down. He doesn't want to go on walks much anymore and he is content to just be with us in the apartment cuddling up and getting belly rubs, napping and eating. He's doing well considering all he has been through, he doesn't seem to be suffering and he still has a will to live and enjoys being with us, seeing his friends and going on car rides to new places. 


We will do anything we can for him so long as he continues to have a good, happy quality of life. Unfortunately, due to his knee surgeries, heart issues, and skin issues, and these continuous vet bills we are now very deep in debt and each new bill is hitting us extra hard and we are actually pretty much at our limit. His bills since his knee surgeries are well over $20,000. We've paid as much of it as we can, but we are really flailing as this past year has had a lot of bills with no real break to catch up. 

Many people have offered to help us and many did help out when I first started this page and we are deeply grateful for that help. I was hoping to not have to activate this page again, but at this time we really are in no position to turn down any help offered. We can no longer let our pride stand in the way of asking for help. 

We certainly aren't expecting to have other people cover the whole cost. But whatever we get will be beyond helpful and appreciated. If there is a service you need that Curtis or I can help you with, in exchange for a donation, please let us know. We are open to many different ways to fundraise and earn some money for this cause because Frankie is so very important to us and worth the cost, work, and effort. 

So here is his fundraising page for anyone who might be so inclined to help. We definitely appreciate any and all help and Frankie thanks you from the bottom of his "too big" heart.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2018

Posted on February 14, 2018

We made a video thank you! It is in our "photos and videos" section but here is the link that if you want to copy and paste it instead. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxvP10WcVd0&feature=youtu.be

Posted on February 14, 2018

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Posted on February 14, 2018

Thank you so much! We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support for Frankie! To see how many people Frankie has touched has made us very emotional. It is never easy for us to ask for help and we are just so very grateful that you have all made us feel so supported and loved. Thank you! Thank you! Because of your donations Frankie was able to see an internist for his ultrasound today and that would definitely not be possible without your help! 

Frankie was a very good boy at his appointment with the internist today! He had a blood panel done and an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed that he had a very enlarged liver and fluid in his abdomen still, but no tumors or fluid around his heart! So that was good news! They then sedated him did an aspiration to take some liver cells to see if he has cancer in his liver. He may also need another trip to the cardiologist because his heart issues are of course playing a part in this as well, but as of yet it’s hard to nail down the cause. There is a chance that all of this is also contributing to his skin issues. So now, we wait some more for his test results. The vet said that he is quite a challenge to figure out and that his hair loss is not following a recognizable pattern and that all of his issues could be from a number of different causes. So, he continues to be a bit of a medical mystery, but we feel confident that we will have more information tomorrow! 

He and I are both completely exhausted. We were at the vet for 4 emotionally exhausting hours today. As usual he won everyone there over. 💜💚Everyone always loves Frankie and says what a very good boy he is.

We’d like to thank everyone again for all the love and support and donations! Especially ❤️💕 You guys rock and we are so grateful for all your generosity and help! We couldn’t have had all this done today without the help so please, please know how very grateful we are! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Posted on February 8, 2018

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Posted on February 8, 2018

Thank you to all who helped Frankie last March! We appreciate every donation more than you know! Since then we moved to Portland, OR and Frankie had an amazing reaction to his new city! He was like a puppy again! We have a dog park near our home and he would want to walk there every morning and would play and/or walk for hours every day! He would even wrestle and run with the other dogs and he especially loved playing with puppies! We couldn't believe the energy and joy he had for life! It was like he had a new lease on life and he was living it up! He made lots of doggy and human friends at the park and as usual he was beloved by all! We took hikes in forests, went to beaches and he even had a local pub that he visited regularly for roast beef and carrots! 

Unfortunately after 4 months he started to have more skin issues that were first attributed to his allergies, but in the end after many tests and various failed treatments, it was clear that there was some mystery illness causing him to lose his fur. Possibly an autoimmune issue but really nobody has been able to really figure it out. Whatever the cause, he has now lost all his fur and his skin flakes off everywhere constantly. 

As if that wasn't bad enough, he suffered another tachycardia episode with his heart in December. He was able to get through it and he is on more medicines to help his heart. But then we also found out that his heartbeat is also now arhythmic which means his heart condition IS getting worse. 

After that episode he really slowed down. He doesn't really like walks anymore. He just wants to stay inside with us and cuddle up, get pets and belly rubs and eat. He is mostly happy and we don't ever want to keep him alive if he is suffering. But right now he still loves to just be with us, seeing his friends in the building and in the neighborhood, and going on car rides to new places. 

Today he had another set back. He has fluid in his abdomen and a mass in his chest. Obviously neither of these are good things. We're currently awaiting test results and some more info from the internists. 

Unfortunately, because these bills have been coming so fast and so high, we are now unable to do anything else for him. We just have nothing left financially. Our credit cards are full and our checking accounts have barely enough to get to our next pay day. Frankie also needs more supplies for his skin should he get through this scary time.

Depending on the test results, we will either need more tests, treatments, both of those things, or we may sadly be looking at having to put him down. Obviously, we are completely broken hearted and devastated to be going through this yet again. It kills us to see him having to go through one thing after another. He doesn't deserve this. No dog does, but especially not our sweet boy. And any of those horrible options cost more than we currently have. So, if you can help us, we would be beyond grateful. Frankie has brought us and everyone he knows so much love and joy and it has been our honor to care for him for his whole life, into his old age, and through his many ailments. There is unfortunately no happy ending to offer you at this point. We just want our boy to be comfortable, happy and cared for completely until the end of his life. Thank you all so much. Your love and support has meant the world to us. 

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