Frankie's Fund

For: Frankie Bordelon
Portland, OR
Organizer: Rene Bordelon Andersen
Frankie's Fund (Frankie Bordelon)
of $5,000 goal
65% Complete
Raised by 59 donors

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 April 24, 2018


Posted on April 24, 2018

It is with great sadness and broken hearts, that we have to announce that we lost our cherished Frankie on March 28th, 2018. His little body was failing, his heart defect had gotten to the point that his heart was just not working anymore. There was no medicine that could help him anymore and nothing else could be done for his heart. We didn't want him to be in pain and he was starting to suffer so we had to let him go. It was the most difficult decision, but in the end we knew that his time had come. He was surrounded by love. It was as peaceful as it could have been. The outpouring of support from family and friends was just amazing. He touched so many lives and was loved beyond measure. 

We are so happy that he was ours and that we had him for as long as we did. We are most thankful that he had the most wonderful life and that we got to see him so happy for so long. We will love him always and his memory will live on. We are still so thankful and grateful for the love and support shown to us in his and our time of need. We are committed to paying it forward wherever we can to help others in their times of need. Frankie was a light in many people's lives and we hope to embody that spirit in our lives in honor of him. 

Thank you all again for your generosity and love. We couldn't have gotten through this last year without you all! And this last year was one of his best (I mean before he really got sick in the last few months- but even then he was so happy and so loved!) 

We were so lucky to have Frankie in our lives and so humbled by the love shown to him and to us by so many people. Please remember our Frankie fondly. Please speak up when you hear people talking badly about Pit Bulls. Please always vote against Breed Specific Legislation. Frankie was such an amazing ambassador for his breed and it will be our great honor to always fight for him and all that he represented. 

Posted on March 11, 2018

Posted on March 11, 2018

Oh! I forgot to mention what the results of the internist appointment were! 

So after that appointment the vet called me from her home to give me the results of his tests! We love our vets here they have all been amazing! And every single thing that they thought might be causing the bloating, the enlarged liver and skin issues were not the case! He did not have cancer, he did not have any of the other health issues they thought he might have. The vet said "I have a feeling that Frankie is a bit of a Rebel and that he is a bit of a mystery to diagnose. He doesn't present as anything we know of and the things he does present as with his symptoms are not what he has." So there you have it. My rebel, medical mystery dog. They essentially found nothing wrong with him other than his bad heart. 

So, Frankie's a rebel. Our amazing little rebel. I don't know why he has to suffer so much. He is such a wonderful dog. No dog deserves to go through what he is going through. 

In the meantime we will continue to bathe him twice weekly with his medicated shampoo, keep him covered in Calendula oil and Chelated Silver wound care spray, keep his ears clean and keep him comfy in clothes and well fed! He has become quite picky in his food choices. He will not eat any of his dog foods or even the homemade food I have fed him over the years. He will only eat a Raw Meat Dog Food, Eggs, Salmon and beef. So that's what we feed him. The salmon seems to have really helped his energy and mobility so that's good! He has wanted to walk a little further on his potty outings lately! 

Once again none of this would be possible without all of your help! So we are so very thankful for you all! 

Posted on March 11, 2018


Posted on March 11, 2018

Hello Everyone! 

It's been a while since I posted an update and I apologize, things have been very busy over here battling illnesses and working as much as we can as well as keeping up with Frankie's daily care which is extensive. 

So, after Frankie's internist appointment we had a cardiologist appointment where he had an echocardiogram to see how his heart was doing. Frankie was a wonderful boy as always and we got to see his heart on the monitor. They showed us the damaged valve. It was really cool to see our boy's heartbeat but really sad to see the damaged part. 

So, the diagnosis was that the bloating was being caused by his heart and we were to keep him on the higher dosage of diuretics to help him control that. Unfortunately as things continue to get worse, the diuretics won't be enough to control it and at that point our only option left will be to physically drain the bloating when it gets to be too much. We really don't want to go that route. It would be really stressful for Frankie. 

So, basically what they were telling us is that his heart is just continuing to get worse. We don't know how much time he has left or how fast his heart will continue to deteriorate. 

When Frankie had his first heart failure I cried and said "He can't die before we get to Portland! He'll love Portland!" and when he survived that heart failure and they told me that from that point on we were on borrowed time I said "Frankie, just give us one full year in Portland buddy!" and well, I kind of feel like he took that to heart. In May we will have been here a year. And for a while I thought he may live even longer than that because he was THRIVING here! He was a whole new dog! I was right, he DID love Portland! He was like a puppy again for a good long while when we first moved here. He started to slow down a lot after his second heart failure in December but he had a really good run at a high quality, love filled, adventurous, playful, fun life from March right after his first heart failure, until December when he had his second heart failure (with a little bit of discomfort starting in September when his autoimmune issues cropped up then and caused his skin and fur issues). But mostly for the past year, he has been doing really, very well considering all of his various ailments. So, we are just happy to have given him the best end of life he could have possibly had! He has made so many friends, has relished being the only animal in the house, and is beloved by just about everyone in our neighborhood here! We don't know how much time he has left but we are going to do everything in our power to give him a little Frankie Bucket List. It will be hard because a lot of things he once enjoyed are not as fun for him now, but we are going to do our best to give him some last adventures and love from as many of his friends as we can in the time he has left. 

Once again please accept our thankfulness for all of your donations and support! We honestly could not have treated him in the last couple of months without your support and we are beyond grateful for all of the love and generosity shown to us. 

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