The bond between a woman and her dog is a sacred one, often transcending the boundaries of mere companionship to become a relationship of mutual dependence and unconditional love. This story is a heartfelt plea from a medically retired Marine Corps veteran, who is seeking financial assistance for her dog’s medical operation and subsequent treatment.
I (LCpl Riggins) was medically retired in 2017 due to a severe back injury, have been living on a fixed income through the VA since that period of my lifetime. I live in California where the cost of living is a little on the pricey side. Unfortunately, this income is not sufficient to cover the cost of the surgery my dog that Major desperately needs. Right now she is being made to be as comfortable as possible with the use of prescribed pain medication. Despite attempts to secure Care Credit, I was denied after being pre-qualified, leaving me at a loss for what to do next. I also looked into pet insurers only to find out that they wouldn’t cover and pre-existing conditions. I’m not sure on what else, if anything, can be done to help in this situation.
Major, my young bully pit/boxer mix, is more than just a pet to me. As a childless women, Major is my family, my best friend, and my fur baby to say the least. Major’s gentle soul has won the hearts of everyone she meets. My neighbors and even my landlord love her. However, two years ago, Major was involved in a hit-and-run accident that injured her back right leg. The veterinarian explained to me that the trauma from the accident had caused a hernia to form, which has since grown in size, making it difficult for Major to breathe properly. From what was explained was that her organs are being pushed into her chest area and her lungs are affected by that. After the hernia is removed, they have to reset her organs back in their correct places. This whole process is performed by a specialist and not the veterinarian who took her x-rays.
Currently, Major is on pain medication until the I can arrange for her surgery. The hernia is so large that it obscures her heart in x-ray images. I wish I could post them here, so the severity of the situation can be seen. Despite her condition, Major, who is just a young 3 years old girl, is full of life and is the perfect companion. The estimated cost of the surgery is around $6k, but at the moment, I only have $500 to contribute to the process. I’m am sincerely asking for any assistance with this situation. I truly love my fur baby and wish to see her live a long and healthy life.
I am earnestly appealing for any form of assistance to help Major get the treatment she needs. This situation has taken a significant emotional toll on me, and i am hopeful that someone out there can assist me. The bond between the Major and I is a testament to the profound relationships that can exist between humans and animals, and it is a plea for compassion and assistance in a time of need. If you made it to the end of this, thank you for listening to my story and I hope you decide to assist us.
Thank you for considering helping Major. We really appreciate you.