Pip, my adopted Japanese Chin, and I need help in covering his care and treatment for two life-threatening medical conditions, Addison's Disease and a back injury. Pip is a reserved little guy yet he brings delight to everyone he meets. For me, Pip is family as well as my life-saving Emotional Support Animal.
My dilemma is that currently I cannot cover Pip's expenses because I am unable to work. This is our story...
A few years ago, Pip's typical jauntiness and energy started to fade.
A specialized veterinarian diagnosed him with one, then another, life-threatening medical conditions. Through lots of vet visits, special medicines, learning how to adapt my care for him, and Pip's persistence, we eventually got Pip's health to stabilize. Today, Pip's energy has returned and he's living the regular life of a dog.
I feel it is a miracle that Pip is here today and doing so well. At one point, when things could have gone either way, the vet and I agreed that we would put Pip down if his situation worsened. We did not want him to deal with unnecessary pain or suffering.
But Pip persisted. I think he relishes life so much, that he thought, "The world can't do without A Pip of Joy!"
In order to maintain his health, Pip needs daily medicines, visits to his specialized as well as regular vet, periodic specialized medical tests, as well as special food.
Each day, I give Pip his various medicines and use extra vigilance, as well. I monitor his energy and stress levels for his Addision's Disease (his body is not producing the hormone needed to deal with stress). I also carry him up and down stairs, don't allow him to jump off and on things, and am mindful of the surfaces we walk on, so as not to exacerbate his formerly severe (and life-threatening at the time) back and neck issues.
Pip continues to do well but covering his expenses became a dilemma for me because of my health issues.
A few years ago, my own chronic medical condition became debilitating. I became disabled and unable to return to work. I have been under medical treatment ever since. I am working hard on getting better and hope one day to be able to do part-time work.
Pip is my family. He is such great company and adds so much laughter and love to my life. I couldn't imagine not being able to take care of him.
Friends who knew how much Pip meant to me came up with a great solution: launching an online fundraiser. So I did, over a year ago, and people generously stepped up to cover Pip's care. It was a tremendous community effort and Pip's continued health is a testament to the difference it made for him (and for me). I am so grateful, including because Pip is also my emotional support animal.
Pip's conditions are chronic and he'll always need specialized treatment, medicine and food in order to stay healthy. The donations from our previous fundraiser were able to cover Pip's bills through the end of 2017.
That's why I'm reaching out here and doing this fundraiser. Pip really is a joy to other people. His impact on my own life is huge. As my Emotional Support Animal, his dependable companionship has been life-saving and encouraging, throughout my own health crisis and on-going healing.
Thank you for reading our story. I appreciate any support you can offer to help keep Pip healthy and spreading his canine joy.
With gratitude, Helene and Pip #pipneedsyourhelp