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Esme's Second Act

Organized by: Joseph Bradbury

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THE STORY:

I found Esme five years ago on Craigslist. She was a six-week old puppy who had been bred for profit. Being the last of the litter, the seller kept Esme in a box in a closet in the dark, assuring me she was 8 weeks old and had all of her shots. She could nearly fit in the palm of my hand and shook the whole ride home. In a week she was incontinent and throwing up. She had a strange infection and she lost a pound—an absurd amount to lose when she only weighed four pounds. I stayed up with her all night and let her lick water from my palm to keep her hydrated. She recovered on antibiotics and received the shots I was told she got, but it didn't seem her life would get easier.

A year later when I was out of the country, my girlfriend was watching Esmé when she woke up in the night shaking and snarling. When I got home, Esmé again had another fit and I knew immediately it was a seizure. After a series of blood and stool tests, then switching vets, it was determined that she was epileptic and would need to be on some form of narcotic twice a day for the rest of her life. After two more years when Esmé and I were hiking in deep snow (she loved to bound up the trail and the race, slide, and tumble down), she came home with a limp. After a visit to a vet it was determined that she had a luxating patella—an extremely painful disorder where the tendon in the knee swells and slips out of the groove. This is a condition that usually affects small dogs or overworked farm dogs; for the vet it was a mystery. I was in college at the time and had no way to afford the surgery. So I sold my car and put what wasn't covered from the sale on a credit card. After five years, as those of you with pets may know, that animal is like a child, and to this day I wouldn't do anything different.

The complications from the recovery wore her other knee out. She was often exhausted and even a year after the surgery she would tire out from a mile walk; she had grown very dependent on the one healthy leg. This never was the case when she used to run trails with me then come home and wrestle for an hour. After being dependent for so long on the other knee, she suffered an injury this spring and has blown out her ACL. She limps constantly and although she wants desperately to play with her best friend, Popeye, if she moves too quickly, even once, she will be debilitated for days. She takes pain killers and anti-inflammatory pills on top of her epilepsy medicine. She's lethargic and downtrodden. She has bouts of energy when the pills wear off, but, in not understanding the pain, she hurts herself further.

Esmé is an incredible dog and changes people's negative perceptions about pit bulls every week. She loves children and crushes hard on red heads (male or female), I think she likes humans with hair similar to hers. I know she has at least another five healthy and active years left in her, and I want to provide them for her. I'm currently in graduate school working on a MFA in creative writing. I live on a very meager stipend and barely have enough to pay me and Esmé's bills. The previous surgery was over $4,000 for the surgery alone. This didn't include pre- and post-op vet visits or medication, which all ended up was almost $6,000. I'm asking for help from the community because as much as Esmé has meant to me over the years—displacing her across state boundaries numerous times, in and out of different homes and apartments—I want to return the favor and allow her to play and hike and wrestle as much as she wants, for as long as she can.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,022

 

20% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Beau, Chelsey, & Grace

    $100

  • Greg and Alice-pup

    $20

  • Lucho and Irina

    $100

  • Terrell

    $50

  • Sage, Annica, and lucy

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Adam, Cara and Tookas

    $100

  • Simone, Bree, Andres

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Victor

    $10

  • Jake

    $100

  • Stacy Fifer

    $20

  • Jan and Rachael

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • JR

    $17

  • Dix McMillan's Brother

    $100

  • Dustin

    $25

  • Miguel Angel Ramirez

    $20

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Donor Comments

Miguel Angel Ramirez

Miguel Angel Ramirez

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Dustin

Dustin

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Dix McMillan's Brother

Dix McMillan's Brother

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

JR

JR

DONATION: $17

Good luck. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jan and Rachael

Jan and Rachael

DONATION: $25

Hope you raise all the money! Sorry we can't give more. 2 years ago

Stacy Fifer

Stacy Fifer

DONATION: $20

I hope you get the $$$! 2 years ago

Jake

Jake

DONATION: $100

somebody helped me this way once with my pup. wishing you the best of luck! 2 years ago

Victor

Victor

DONATION: $10

I wish I could donate more, best of luck from Sweden 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

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