UPDATE 4/19/16: So far, $50 has been raised for Alexi’s surgery. Can you help? If you cannot help with a monetary donation, would you consider sharing Alexi’s story with your social media?
“Almost six years ago we lost our 18 yr. old cocker/poodle mix, Gizmo. We were heartbroken. A few months later we decided we would rescue another dog. We rescued a sweet chocolate lab puppy and immediately fell in love with her. When Alexi came to us, she was ill, hungry and sad. She was so hungry, we had to watch her closely when outside so that she would not eat rocks. The vet diagnosed her with Red Mange. After three months of daily treatments, she was cured of the Mange. She has a couple of developmental flaws but to us she is perfect!
When she was 2, we noticed weight gain and fatigue. The vet diagnosed her with Hypothyroidism. After one month on Synthroid, she dropped 15 lbs. and her energy was restored. She loves to play outside and go for walks. Her favorite thing to do outside is play with sticks and chase lizards. She loves to jump at the hose when we try to water plants or wash the cars. Inside, she loves to play with tennis balls and ring toys. She is a smart, sensitive, loving dog.
Last September we noticed she was limping on her front left leg. X-rays showed dysplasia. We started her on an anti-inflammatory for this. A month later she began limping on the back right leg. It was determined that she had a partially torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) and arthritis. For the next couple of months we kept her strictly on a leash, no more long walks. We had to restrict her activity inside the house, as well. We continued her on an anti-inflammatory and pain medicine daily. Unfortunately, as of last week, her CCL is now completely torn. Surgery is now our only option. The cost for the surgery is $3,674. We do not have the funds for this. Also, if we do not have this repaired soon, the chances of her tearing the left CCL are even greater. We need your help. We do not have any human children, so Alexi is our baby. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!”