Gus' Journey: Live to LOVE Another Day
Organized by: Bonnie Guier
What is this project? Why am I seeking support? First off, PLEASE LIKE and SHARE our Facebook page if you are not able to assist financially! The more the word gets out, the more support- and all of it, whether financial or emotional, means the world to us! Thank you! My heart dog, Gus, was diagnosed just last week with abnormal lymphoma. This has been heart breaking and gut wrenching for me. We went in to the vet expecting kidney or UTI infection, and within 24 hours were provided with this diagnosis. I was informed this is a genetic/hereditary condition, extremely rare to be on the organs rather than the lymph nodes, AND EXTREMELY rare in SUCH young dogs (Gus isn't even 4 years old!). My vet has been in practice over 20 years and stated this is SO rare he has only seen THREE cases his ENTIRE career. So my attached at the hip, bouncy, quirky, full of antics and a huge heart of love dog...has medical bills already stacking and possibly more to come. We are pursuing an assessment with a holistic veterinarian who is board certified and practices alternative/complimentary veterinarian medicine as well as traditional medicine. OUR ULTIMATE GOAL Is to keep Gus comfortable, happy, and healthy as possible - the BEST quality of life we can possibly provide during the time he has left. I will NOT go on wild goose chases or stretch his stay here with me on earth when it becomes clear he is no longer meant to be with us, but rather released into doggy Heaven where he is pain free. So please know any financial support provided goes toward comfort and EFFECTIVE treatment. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am 200% committed to my animals ensuring they have the best food/diet; always current on heartworm prevention, flea and tick prevention, grooming, variety of toys for stimulation, car rides, walks at the park, training classes, dog sports, etc. I am single, never married, without any children. The prognosis of Gus only being with me 1-2 more months is devastating. I am seeking support because MANY friends have asked for me to set something up so they can help. I have NEVER pursued assistance for ANY cost of care for my pets, but in this situation I am willing to accept the support others are willing to give, if they wish to do so. I work more than full-time as a social worker and still volunteer in addition to this to give back to my community. Who is Gus and what makes him so special? Well, Gus is a 3 1/2 year old, quirky shepherd mix male dog who entered my life two years ago- and my life has never been the same since. I train dogs and have been an animal lover of all kinds all my life, yet Gus is my "heart dog". He came to me after being abandoned at a farm auction at 1 1/2 years old. He had significant separation anxiety and even two years later anticipates me leaving without him; to the extent he will launch himself out the door into the garage to sit behind my car or if there is opportunity to get in my car, and only persuaded to get out when I physically remove him from the vehicle. He is full of antics and personality, from sitting on the arm of the couch to keep guard over our home by watching squirrels and passers by through the living room window, to leaping onto the kitchen table in a single bound in effort to taste what might be your dinner, to jumping out my car window when he believes someone is too close to the vehicle. Gus LOOOOVES his squeaky ball toys, and he LOOOVES a new dog sport called "Barn Hunt", where he gets to sniff out rats hidden in straw bales (no harm done to the ratties). He accomplished his Novice Title in Barn Hunt in one weekend AND earned a "leg" toward the next level up as well. Gus has adored me from the day we met- and if it were up to him, he would be by my side every moment of every day. He is full of love and adoration, so deeply he has become my "heart dog", I can't help but reciprocate his connection with me because it is so genuine and pure. My love for him runs very deep. He enjoys car rides and one on one time with his mama (I have two other dogs) SO much, that he literally LEAPS for joy when he sees me get his harness out, and truly pushes his head right into his harness for me to clip it on. Gus came to me as a reactive dog with a great deal of anxiety. He eventually began Prozac daily to help him be more comfortable and settled. A year after being on anxiety medication he was taken off of it, and he has made me one proud dog mom! Energetic, but not anxious at home. He THRIVES on love and attention from his mom- he follows me from one room to the next, bumping the palm of my left hand with his nose with every bouncy step as he ensures I never leave his line of vision. Not only does Gus sleep in my bed, he almost always sleeps nose to nose facing me, insisting on eye contact and chest rubs until he falls asleep. He also will lean his nose toward me as I lean toward him, and I get nose kisses, which he loves. There are so many quirks and antics and stories of sweetness I could share, far more than what you would care to read about here. You are welcome to donate if you wish, and can do so anonymously, although we greatly appreciate the opportunity to send our thanks and gratitude to our supporters through a private email or thank you note. Those who know me will also tell you I am highly involved in helping pets in the community. I train volunteers at the Humane Society, circulate/cross post for multiple rescues pets in need or medical funds needed, adoption events, etc.