bordercolliebingo Posted September 4, 2007 Report Share Posted September 4, 2007 Hi everyone! I am new to the Boards, so I hope I'm doing all this correctly. My name is Mary, I live in Wisconsin, and I have a 7 year old Border Collie named Bingo. I got Bing 3 years ago, after my previous rescued Border Collie, Levi, passed away. He had epilepsy and after a 3 year battle, Levi went into status and I had to make the horrible decision to let him go. My heart broke. I searched rescues for another Border Collie, and when Bingo showed up at Animal Control in Missouri, one of the local BC rescues that had approved me for adoption, contacted me. They had no foster home available for him, and Bingo was in danger of being euthanized. I adopted him sight unseen. He had a rough start in life, and I was destined to find his calling and give him the best of everything for the rest of his life! Bingo is an AWESOME Border Collie. He has come SUCH a long way since I got him. We tried agility--that wasn't for him. He is the CLUMSIEST BC I have ever seen!!! He has no ball drive, Rally is too slow for him. I then discovered the Herding Instinct test. The little I knew about him, I knew he had never been exposed to sheep. He got into the pen, and it was beautiful!! I cried! Last summer, we started making the 1 1/2 hour trip twice a week, and started taking herding lessons. HE LOVES IT!!! While our handler/trainer said he would never be able to compete in the upper levels due to his age, he could definitely compete in Novice...we were looking to start him competing in a "fun" trial held at our trainers farm this winter. That was until this April. Bingo had started to limp occassionally. After many different vet visits and tests, it turned out he had soft tissue sarcoma in his front left leg. The only "cure" for my boy would be amputation. It was heart wrenching. I decided we could deal with this, so on May 5th, my boy became my beloved "Tri Paw". He bounced back quickly and my hopes for him soared. A short 3 weeks after---he still had his staples in the incision---he was diagnosed with lymphoma. I was shocked. Shock wore off and the sadness set in. I can't tell you how I felt. My beautiful, precious boy! How unfair was this??? I didn't have a lot of time to decide what to do next. They were telling me if I did nothing, he would most likely be gone in a few weeks. To make a long story short, I opted for chemotherapy. I have an awesome vet who worked with me to find another vet who could do the chemo at very discounted treatment fees (113.00/treatment). Bingo is doing FANTASTIC! He went into remission after the first treatment and now, 13 weeks later, is still in complete remission. He is tolerating chemo well. I had pet insurance on Bingo, but maxed out the Cancer coverage with his amputation. They covered 3000.00, but the total bill was over 5,000! There is no coverage left for chemotherapy. Fortunately for me, a dear friend gave me 1,000 dollars to start treatment. I've gotten this far with that, but now I am faced with the realization that the funds are gone!!! I am embarrassed and ashamed that I cannot afford to give my gentle soul what he needs. I've checked into some of the funding groups, but so far I haven't gotten anywhere. One doesn't fund for lymphoma since it's just "extending" not "saving" his life. The other would have only funded me if he had been IN the hospital and needed life saving treatment. The third never responded to my multiple requests. I am a volunteer with Care4BCs, and they helped with his amputation costs. (We raise money to help with medical costs for rescued BCs). I don't know what to do! After all he's gone through, I can't just stop treatments! I'm struggling to keep my house payments current, not to mention my other monthly bills, AND paying on our Care Credit card which I maxed out with the remainder of the amputation!!! I want to give my boy the BEST chance he can have!!! I am just sick over this. I don't know what to do, or where to turn. Every day I look into these intense, beautiful, brown BC eyes and vow to him that I will do whatever I can! I am not a wealthy person by any means, yet I keep getting these special needs guys. I wouldn't change a minute of it, but yet, I don't have the financial means to do it! I just want to give my boy a fighting chance, and to have some more time with him! I spoke with my trainer this weekend at a trial our group was volunteering at, and he said when we are ready, give him a call!! I want to be able to make that call!!! I'm sorry this is so long, but it so helps me to share my story with people who understand! I just want everyone to know about my brave, Tri-Paw, Bingo! If anyone can help, please contact me! I am so ashamed and heartbroken. Thank you all for listening!!! Keep good thoughts for my boy!!!! Mary & Bingo the amazing Tri Paw Border Collie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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