Help Manchester CRUSH cancer!
Organized by: Lisa Ruud Shook
In May of 2009 my Vet in Las Vegas called me to come see her. When I and my Service Dog (I have P.T.S.D.) arrived my Veterinarian brought out this very under weight (28 pounds) Blue Nosed Pit Bull mix. Dr. K had a client who brought her to the clinic a month ago. She was about a year to a year and a half old. She was covered in blood had cigar burns on the back of her neck, a scar on top of her neck and was starving. The blood was from giving birth, she still had a puppy placenta inside her. Dr. K treated her wounds, spayed her and began a nutritional regiment to help her gain weight. But after 4 weeks in hospital she was experiencing kennel fear. AND as I was in Veterinary School, a dog trainer, and my Service Dog was a socal butterfly she thought of me. So home she went with us. Over the next year I worked on her rehabilitation from abuse, and helped her gain weight (she now is normally at 42 lbs). We began obedience training and training to become a Service Dog for P.T.S D. With such a gentle nature and kindness she was a natural. And would make some returning Vet a great dog. But as it turns out God had another idea. My current Service Dog was diagnosed with a rupturing tumor in his intestinal track and either was going to die a very painful death if it ruptured or I could have him put to sleep and avoid that. As you can assume I did the kindest option and let him die in peace in my arms. Manchester cried over his body for an hour and tried to lick him to wake up. And I was without a Service Dog when I needed one most. With night terrors almost everynight Manchester took over with the training I had done with her. She jumped into my Lancelot's spot and sort of volunteered her self for the job. I guess she didn't want to leave me, and so I let myself fall for her and she stayed with me. So 6 years later when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia I knew she at some point would have to "retire" in as much as you can tell a dog she is retired. But at some point she would no longer be able to spend long days with me at work and school. So I looked for a suitable rescue pup to begin training with Manchester helping train in some of the tasks preformed by a Service Dog for P.T.S.D. All was going well. Manchester was able to have a well deserved break and just live a comfy live of a spoiled dog, but also be my Service Dog at home. Dogs just don't understand retirement. She knew she still had purpose. But she developed some lumps on her face and neck. Some close to glands. I knew that this could be bad and took her to an oncology specialist recommended by my regular Vet. Turns out I was right. The lumps were Mass Cell Cancer. The 2 lumps I found turned out to be 3, and surgery went well. With a new nick name of scarface she healed well. The 2 month check ups went great for 9 months. Then in January of this year I noticed 5 lumps that appeared within a month. So we went in and it was recommended to remove them as a precaution since she was diagnosed with Mass Cell cancer. We scheduled surgery for March. From January to now 4 more lumps have appeared. The original estimate was $800-$1000. Now with the additional punch biopsies the estimate has gone to $1000-1700. With personal everyday bills, student loans, I work two jobs and this is a lot to try to scrap up on my own. But being such a good dog, who didn't have the best start in life and gave back as a Service Dog, I owe it to her to try. My friend suggested I try a funding site like this. So if you think you could help me pay for the surgery to remove Manchester's masses, it would be greatlyappreciated. Or at least share and send good thoughts and or prayers! Thank you, Lisa