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She may only be a Dutchess but she's a Queen to moi !Hi ! My name is Barbara & I'd like to tell you about my German Shepherd/Lab Mix named Dutchess. First though. I did not name my girl Dutchess. She was given that name by a staff member at the Humane Society where we got each other from. Sounds silly doesn't it ? It's true though. I'm disabled & at the time I was dealing with serious depression. One of my Doc's suggested I get a companion animal. Someone or some dog to keep me company, get me up & out of bed on a daily basis. Depressed/Disabled people often stay in bed for long periods of time if we don't have a reason to. A companion animal could/would be my reason. It (she) would rescue me from myself. I would rescue her from the shelter. So it began. That was 13 years ago & Dutchess & I have gone through a lot together. 4 moves. A marriage. 16 surgeries on my right foot. CONSTANT PAIN.Divorce. Poverty. Almost homelessness. A new city.2 hip fractures . A right hip replacement. There have been lots more but those are the basic highlights & Dutchess has been beside me through it all. Hell my marriage didn't last as long as my "partnership"with Dutchess. My. Duddie Girl ( that's one of her many nicknames) is 15 years old now. She's a senior citizen in dog years. Unfortunitly she's showing it now. Last month I noticed that Dutchess was having a hard time getting up & down. She's begun crying whenever she has to doing anything involving movement. I've never heard her cry before & it's heartbreaking to hear it !!!!!! That part where I was telling you about what Duddie & I have been through. I mentioned POVERTY ! I got zero from my divorce & I live on Social Security now. I'm very grateful to have it. I'm able to keep a roof over our heads & pay most of our bills. I get $733 a month. That doesn't sound too bad does it ? Until you multiply it by 12. That's $8, 796 a year. There are NO luxuries in this house!! Turns out there's NO MONEY FOR A VET & MEDICATIONS EITHER !!! That's the cold , hard truth ! My Duddie is in horrible pain & I can' t even afford to take her to the Vet's. That's why I'm here desperate to reach out to all of you...the dog owners & animal lovers who wouldn't allow an animal to suffer. My dog's suffering right now & suffering terribly. Please imagine you can hear my old girl crying & do what you can to stop the crying. I have wonderful friends but they are a rather tiny group. They've been very generous but I'm no where near my goal. So D& I are going to need some serious serious help here !!! Please, will you help ? The goal amount is based on one or two visits to our Vet & the costs of the medications he wants to subscribe for D. I figured on a 6 month supply hoping I'll be able to come up with the money for the remaining 6 months. God Bless everyone. Good Karma to all. Live Long & Prosper & may the force be with you. Thank you. Barbara & Dutchess


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