Early in my career, I thought I was going to become a support dog for the blind, but that career did not work out because I like to chase squirrels. It was soon determined that I might have an aptitude for finding explosives, so off I went to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives (or BATFE for short) to be trained as an explosives detective K9. Some of the highlights of my career were President Obama’s second inauguration and working at some Marine Corps Marathons.
Now that I am retired, I spend my days napping, playing fetch, rolling around in the grass and just relaxing while lying out in the yard while getting scratched behind my years, and yes, doing stupid pet tricks. (It makes the kids happy).
That is until recently. I started having trouble breathing and it really scared my mom & dad. They called Paws of Honor and rushed me to the vet where I was immediately referred to a specialist for an MRI. They found a mass in my throat causing irritation and inflammation. The surgeons made me go to sleep and performed a biopsy; the good news is that it's not cancer. The bad news is that they don't know exactly what it is.
I'm been taking my yucky medicine like a good boy but in less than 4 weeks my vet bills have soared to over $7000. I have several follow up appointments and the doctors are keeping a close eye on my throat to ensure the medicine is working and that the mass is going away. If this mass doesn't go away I'll have to go see another specialist.
Mom says that Paws of Honor has been great and that they have paid 100% of my vet bills. I'm going to give them all the bestest kisses the next time I see them, but if you would like to help with my vet bills, I'm sure the humans would be very thankful and so would I. You see, when I retired, the government deemed me excess surplus, so I receive no retirement benefits for my lifetime of service.
But Paws of Honor doesn't just take care of my vet bills, they have provided care for about 200 of my fellow retired K9s in 16 different states across America. They've covered nearly a million dollars in vet care since 2015 and rely on donations to fund this care. They receive zero government funding and couldn't help me & my friends without the support of donors like you. If you can help me get back to my tail wagging old, squirrel chasing self I'd be forever grateful.