Posted on February 14, 2018
Posted on February 14, 2018We 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.
Posted on February 14, 2018
Posted on February 14, 2018Thank 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
Posted on February 8, 2018Thank 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.