A Pip of Joy Needs Your Help

For: Pip the dog (Powers)
Northampton, MA
Organizer: Helene Powers
A Pip of Joy Needs Your Help (Pip the dog (Powers))
of $1,500 goal
78% Complete
Raised by 31 donors

The Story

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

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 7, 2018


Posted on May 7, 2018

My Human was able to pay off a big vet bill recently because of your donations. Thanks! We're at nearly  2/3 of our goal! But can you tell me why we little dogs sometimes get no respect?  

Another Human just saw me in my Pip-Mobile and Joked, "That's the furriest baby I've ever seen." Egads, Man!" I wanted to reply.

You can believe I never pictured my Princely Canine Self in such a contraption, either. But after recovering from serious neck and back injuries (part of the reason for this YouCaring campaign), My Human doesn't want to risk me becoming re-injured.

Thus, the Pope rides around in his Pope-mobile and I tool around in my Pip-mobile. Hey, if this is what it takes to keep my health and to get my Human to continue catering to my every whim, er, need, it's worth it!

Sending tail wags and doggy kisses in appreciation of all your help! Prince Pip, also known as A Pip of Joy

Posted on April 22, 2018


Posted on April 22, 2018

Thank you for making this past week the busiest our campaign has seen yet! 

Our young friend, John, motivated some folks to send in donations with his recent Facebook post. Here, with John's characteristic dry wit and compassion, is his post:

"I love Dingo Berry (John's dog), and most of everyone who's ever met her either completely detests her or loves her as well, depending on how honest they are with themselves. That's fine. Some of you also have dogs, or want to have dogs, or understand what it's like to have a dog that you adore more than anything, and then something comes up that results in you either needing to neglect yourself, or the dog, or lose the dog. Which is terrible. My friend Helene Powers has been a huge supporter of mine for years and years, and she's got a fantastic liddle pup named Pip. She needs your help.
Please help Pip, and Helene. Because you can't do anything about Russia right now but you can build on the happiness in the world. Just sayin'.  

Posted on April 16, 2018


Posted on April 16, 2018

This is one of my favorites of all the photos I've taken of Pip over the years. Like this YouCaring Campaign which is helping Pip get the care he needs,  it was an unexpected blessing,

Many of the details, including the play of light and shadows, as well as Pip's Buddha-like pose, weren't as apparent when I first snapped this photo of him sitting on the edge of the couch. Much more was revealed once the photo was developed.

Similarly, finding a website like this, where I can share Pip's and my story and people donate to his care in response, is pretty amazing.  YouCaring's motto is "Kindness is Powerful." Kindness is also contagious, based on our experience of friends then sharing Pip's story with their friends, who donate, and share the story with their friends.

We're almost at 50% of our goal! Getting us over that will help me pay Pip's latest bill. Kindness is practical, too!

Thanks so much and please feel free to share these posts with your friends on Facebook and by email. Your support of this campaign is keeping Pip healthy, even with his medical challenges. 

With much gratitude and many tail wags,

Helene and Pip

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