Handipets Pets In Need

Please help Barney have the surgery to prolong his life

Posted in Pets In Need by handipets on May 21, 2010

My Barney

I was looking for a second dog for me and my yorkie when I first met Barney in a shelter. Someone handed him to me and unlike any other dog I have ever met or held he held onto me with all four legs – as if he was pleading to be taken from this place and given a home, pleading to have his life saved.

I went home that day but could not forget him – I nicknamed him “Velcro boy” because he held on for life –his life. The following weekend I went back to get him and take him home – but that was short lived because as soon as I took him home – he defecated blood. It took me an entire year of vet appointments to get him healthy.

Over the years my Barney has aided the elderly downstairs and walking (this was done on pure instinct) – was gentle and protective around children and newborn babies and sat on the ground, sidewalk and sometimes street when I fractured my vertebrae in two places and would fall as I was losing my ability to stand and walk – always being there to help teach a new puppy to walk up and down stairs, or help train them – he was always there to offer help to those who needed him.

Now it is his turn. My Barney is dying of a very aggressive cancer – he has a mass on his anal gland, a mass on his bladder and an enlarged lymph node on his stomach and other areas. Only surgery can prolong his life – without it he has a very short time left – a few weeks or months, if lucky.

I have been unemployed for over one year, require a second spine surgery, have had 6 laser surgeries on my eyes and am in severe financial hardship. I am selling my couch and TV but that is not enough – I need help. Please, please, help me to be able to get Barney surgery to prolong his life.

Contributions can be made directly to his vet:

Leyenda Harley

Animal Medical Center

510 East 62nd Street

New York, NY  10065

Direct line: 

Phone:  212-838-8100

Fax:     212-752-2592
or 212-832-5417

Shadow Needs Surgery for Aural Hematoma

Posted in Pets In Need by handipets on May 2, 2010

We do not have a paypal link set up for Shadow but donations can be made directly to the vet the information is below on the vet estimate.

His Family says:

   Shadow is about 9 years old and I’ve had her since she was 11months old. She came from a bad situation and weighed approx.35lbs, was emaciated and in poor shape. She was bred at the age of 7months and left to meet her maker basically. With a little time and good nourishment and love she regained her health and has been with me ever since. Before we saved her I prayed for joy and that joy came in the form of Shadow. I live on a fixed ssdi and as much as I want to provide the best possible care for her it’s tough. Two years ago I took her to my vet, Shiloh veterinary and got her all her shots etc.etc. so except for her rabies booster she is up to date.
     Shadow has an appt with the vet at 10:20am tomorrow to have this looked at and I will send a copy of the vets’ report along to you tomorrow.  Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and God bless all of you for being a source of help.

                                                            Becky McMullen

Shadow did indeed go to the vet and the vet wrote to Handipets Personally.
This is what
Dr. Amanda Hurley from Shiloh Veterinary Hospital had to say:

Attn: Amy and Becky,
This letter is to inform you of the need and cost of care for Shadow. He has severe ear infections and an Aural Hematoma. Correction of these is important to insure minimal scarring of the ear canal. If left untreated, narrowing of the canal can occur leading to increased risk of infections. Attached are 2 estimates, one is for the recommended procedure to properly correct Shadow’s ear and includes safety recommendations such as pre-anesthetic bloodwork and IV catheter and fluids. The second estimate is for a “modified” solution which would be to simply sedate and drain the ear. Bandaging of the ear to the head keeps pressure and may prevent refilling. This is not recommended since the ear is likely to refill with blood and application of medicine to the ear canal becomes impaired. However this would be better than doing nothing at all.  I appreciate your time and hope you will be able to help Shadow and his mom. Shadow is othewise very healthy and in good shape.
Dr. Amanda Hurley
Shiloh Veterinary Hospital

Here is Shadows written estimate, it is clickable so you can view a larger image.