The new Indiegogo fundraiser is: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/123949
His Petfinder page is: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23327995
Fundraising Site for Vet Expenses (with more info on his story): http://igg.me/p/123949?a=
662384 (takes credit cards and paypal); Facebook site www.facebook.com/ HelpLoveableLuke
This fundraiser is for $1500, a portion of the apprx. $2400 in expenses paid for his recent bowel obstruction set back. We picked Luke up today from Texas A & M after he almost died from a bowel obstruction after months of dealing with intestinal trauma from hookworms :( Luke has made a full recovery thanks to the expertise of Texas A & M and he is now up for adoption. He still has a few weeks of healing his insides, though. Our vet bills for the past few months have been over $3700.00, but we just could not let this puppy die. Luke does have a mild stricture (narrowing) of his rectal area (probably from scar tissue), but he should live a normal, healthy life with precautionary measures of a special high fiber food and some stool softeners. Luke is staying with his original rescuers under their watchful eye until he finds a forever home. He is just so darn sweet, and their were lots of teary-eyed vets today giving him tons of kisses good bye and wishing they had room at home to adopt him. Luke really needs more people to like his facebook page so that he can find a good home as he is special needs due to the need to maintain soft stools.
As one veterinary specialist wrote " Luke is an absolute sweet heart...he has a fantastic attitude”.
Here is latest email from Nicole :-(
Keep up with Luke's recovery at his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/
6/17 On Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM, Nicole <email@example.com> wrote:
********************************************6/17/ update: Once I know more on cost and prognosis, I will post a chip in and really appreciate any help with donations, grant ideas, etc… Luke had a life threatening set back late last night, and we rushed him to Texas A & M emergency clinic. The short story is that his bowels are clogged with dirt, leaves, foreign material from what appears to be PICA (where they ingest large quantities of foreign material within minutes) and from just a few minutes in a dog run while being fed his dinner yesterday at his foster home (and was probably a similar reason he was impacted on friday/saturday morning requiring the enema). He screamed in horrible pain on the ride there--yet was still so sweet with everyone . The ER vet said "They had never seen anything like this before"..and immediately put him in ICU. He is still in pain today despite fluids all night to try to break up the material and rehydrate him, and pain meds :( But, the specialist is doing a several hour procedure right now to try to clean him out enough to afford relief and be able to do a scope to see if surgery is required (dependent on what the issues are) and prognosis. The pica may be due to the a dead worm load in the bowels..but they will not know until the scope..the specialist is relatively confident he will need surgery. We will need a new foster IF he pulls through..it is still touch and go at this point. Gulf Coast has also been wonderful in consulting over the phone on this new issue.
6/16/12 update---only 16 hours left in the Indiegogo fundraising campaign. There is a gallery with about a dozen photos and an invoice from the vet at the Indiegogo fundraising link. Here is Nicole Fiori's update:
On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM, Nicole <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
FUNDRAISING LINK with info and photos: http://www.indiegogo.com/
HelpHealLukeFacebook page with info: www.facebook.com/ HelpLoveableLukeThe donation campaign ends tonight at 11:59 , so please share--thank you. Luke had a slight set back yesterday with extreme constipation requiring xrays at regular vet and then this morning she performed an emergency sedation with enema to avoid a fecal impact/prolapse..it is just taking time for his bowels to build back up from the worms/infections(which are gone now). So, we incurred several hundred dollars this morning and his foster paid several hundred yesterday. Add to all of this the $846 paid 2 months ago when this all began, and we are now over $2000.00. So, it would be nice to help with the remaining $280 for the already paid gulf coast bill paid. We will have continued expenses for his special intestinal food, stool softeners and continuing meds over the next month or so. He is officially up for adoption, though--as the specialist and regular vet do not see any medical issues other then intestinal healing from the parasites/hookworm infection. He really is a great, crazy, silly puppy that loves life and people/dogs despite his suffering with horrible pain these past few months. Thank you.
The fundraising campaign is getting in gear with $370 raised so far of the $680 target. Please help Nicole Fiori help rescue dog Luke by donating and/or sharing if you can. Luke's FUNDRAISING LINK with info and photos is: http://www.indiegogo.com/HelpHealLuke
On Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM, Nicole <email@example.com> wrote:
Great..thank you for asking. So far so good on the prolapse not getting worse..and taking all his meds daily to hopefully cure the issue in the next few months. I am about to update his website. He went to a foster yesterday. They met at the dog park with their 3 dogs, and Luke played great with them and all the other dozens of dogs at the park. He is very much a puppy with the energy of a bully breed :) No luck on raising any money, though. Will keep trying.