Bring Levi Home
Organized by: Rachael Senatore
Levi is our beautiful, spunky, four-month-old Husky who has quickly and authentically become part of our family. My earliest memories and some of my fondest are those with my family's puppies. I always knew that loving and caring for a pet is a special experience, but Levi is the first puppy that is mine. This is the first time I've been privileged enough to really comprehend that bond that people struggle to explain.
The past few months with him have been a whirlwind of learning, some frustration, but mostly joy, fulfillment, and a lot of laughter. My brother and I took him to the beach for the first time last week. If you’ve seen the excitement in a puppy’s eyes when they get a new toy or when you let them run around in a big open field of grass, I’m sure you can imagine how much of a pleasure it was to watch Levi prance through the sand dunes. He splashed around the water as if he’d done it a hundred times before. Moments like this, watching him grow and learn, are precious memories for me.
However, over the weekend, Levi became very sick. We spent hours in the nearest animal hospital and were told his kidneys and liver were failing. This was very confusing for us because just a few days earlier, he was his normal, bubbly, playful self. We moved Levi to another hospital and got a second opinion; we received the same prognosis. The vet said the levels she saw in his blood work she only sees in 16 years old dogs or in dogs dying of cancer. But his panels showed no signs of cancer. Severely dehydrated, in pain, and (for lack of a better explanation) lifeless, we admitted him Sunday night at 2 a.m.
It is very likely that he has Leptospirosis, a contagious bacteria. There are several other possibilities to explain his sudden and heartbreaking reaction. Currently, Levi is quarantined and comfortable thanks to his doctors. The biggest issue I am facing at this point is that Levi has to be quarantined at the animal hospital until he is not contagious to other pets or people or until the tests we are waiting on come back negative for Lepto. If the tests come back Thursday or Friday and it is negative for Lepto, we will have to investigate other options to treat his very severe liver and kidney failure.
I love Levi dearly. He is a sweetheart and quickly becoming my dearest friend. However, I am a law student, and I am quickly reaching the point where I can no longer meet the minimum deposits moving forward to keep him quarantined. Treating and quarantining Levi for just 48 hours has cost upwards of $2,500. The thought that moving forward as I speak to Levi’s doctors I will be forced to make decisions about Levi’s life almost entirely based on money is an overwhelming and heartbreaking thought.
Potentially, Levi may be in the clear, making drastic health improvements, and coming home with me with no permanent organ damage by Friday! But in order to have that possibility, I have to be able to pay to quarantine my little baby for the next few days.
I want more than anything to give Levi a fighting chance. I don’t believe in keeping a pet alive if it diminishes their quality of life. However, I do believe in doing everything I possibly can to take care of and protect my puppy. At this point, I cannot do it alone. If you are able to donate even the smallest amount, Levi and I would be grateful beyond words. I would like nothing more than to set up another play date with his Husky buddy, Bandit and have him walk me on the leash. I want Levi to chew on my shoe and steal my clothes as I’m folding laundry and look at me like, “C’mon Mom. Things are just things!” He’s right. I don’t care about those things.
I only care about bringing Levi home happy and healthy.
Thank you to all of you for your kind hearts.
Rachael and Levi