Followers and supporters, we need your help in a big way right now to save our little “Buddy”.
Buddy came to us last year as a very young, very sick Golden and immediately needed surgery to to insert a shunt into his liver. His progress after the initial liver shunt operation was spectacular and he seemed to transform into a normal dog in almost a heartbeat.
Unfortunately that only lasted until a couple of days ago when he suddenly got lethargic and his abdomen seemed to swell. He was initially treated on an emergency basis and sent home but within a day he was back there in apparent respiratory distress. They were able to stabilize him and do another CT scan, and it showed that the liver shunt had failed. Buddy is being stabilized at the moment and the vet who fostered him for a couple of months before and after his original operation is willing to take him back to nurse him while the appliances for another operation are gathered. He is confident he can keep him alive and well enough for the operation.
We had two choices for poor little Buddy: either get him into another surgery to try to fix the problem and save his life or euthanize him. We
put a lot of thought and consideration into this and decided on the surgery. We (and the vets) believe strongly that Buddy can live a mostly normal life and, at such a young age, he deserves a chance to grow big and strong and have a happy life with his adoptive family.
So, within the next few days, Buddy will get a laparoscopic procedure wherein a coil is placed by a camera guided device that closes the shunt. The estimated cost is in the $4000-$5000 range.
As you know, we are a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization and must rely on our generous supporters to donate so we can rescue these magnificent dogs. We don’t do this often but we are asking for your help with Buddy. Any amount counts and you can securely donate here on our website or on our Facebook page. Of course you can always mail a check to RAGofAZ, P.O. Box 71987 - Phoenix, AZ 85050.
We (and Buddy) can’t thank you enough. We promise to post some updates after the surgery so stay tuned to find out exactly how your donation saves this little guy!
Update! March 9th
The vet has reported that Buddy was up and running around the house for a little while yesterday and ate his food well. He’s in good shape for the surgery right now and our goal is to keep him this way so he has the best chance of a successful surgery. The appliances needed for his surgery have been ordered and they’re hopeful they will get them sometime this week. We should know more about the timing tomorrow. More updates to come.
Update! March 10th
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters we have collected enough funds for Buddy's surgery and recovery! Your continued support will allow us to keep doing what we do best...rescuing and rehoming Golden Retrievers from Arizona and around the world. Watch this space for more updates on Buddy.
Update! March 14th
Buddy's surgery is scheduled for tomorrow. He'll have a team of veterinarians including two cardiologists. Keep Buddy in your thoughts! We will update soon.
Update! March 15th
Buddy’s surgery has been pushed back at least a week. His white blood cell count is elevated. He is also vomiting some and has diarrhea. If they were to do the surgery with an infection, the coils could become infected and he would need to be on antibiotics for life.
Please continue to keep Buddy in your thoughts and prayers. He has a team of very good vets around him sharing the same goal of getting Buddy well so he can live the best, longest possible life. Will update again when we know more.
Update! March 19th
The latest plan is to redo Buddy's blood test at the end of the week and see if his white blood cell count has come down ( indicating that the infection is subsiding.) Once he passes that they will look to reschedule the operation.
In the meantime Buddy is as happy as a clam eating well and playing with the rest of the pack. He has no idea of the stress he is causing all of us humans!
Update! March 24th
Thank you to our very generous Rescue A Golden of Arizona family for all your good wishes and support of our Buddy.
Here is an update on his condition. After recovering from his respiratory distress, his surgery was scheduled. We have a team of five doctors who will be performing this delicate procedure. Unfortunately, during routine blood tests, it was discovered that Buddy’s white blood cell count was elevated. If we had proceeded with the surgery while his body was harboring an infection, the coils used in the procedure would likely have retained the infection, thus requiring Buddy to live a life of daily antibiotics. The decision was made to postpone the surgery.
Buddy will be retested this week and hopefully the surgery will be scheduled shortly.
Buddy continues to do well with the support of Rory and Frances Lubold, his treating foster family---because of their care, Buddy has not needed to be in a hospital setting while still receiving daily veterinary care.
Update! March 30th
Good news! Buddy’s infection has cleared up and he’s back to acting like a happy Golden Retriever! His surgery has been scheduled for April 25th. This is the soonest date that all of the specialists required to do the surgery can get together. His temporary foster, one of our veterinary partners, is confident he can keep Buddy stable and healthy until then. Keep Buddy in your thoughts and prayers as his surgery date approaches. In the meantime, here are some photos with him and his temporary foster sister, Morgan.
Update! April 13th
OK, maybe not an update per se but here’s a cute little video of our Buddy playing with his temporary foster sister Morgan. That’s Jack photobombing in the back. The vet is reporting that Buddy is still doing well and is on track to get the surgery later this month. We will update again as the date gets closer.
Update! April 25th
Buddy is out of surgery and in recovery. We don’t have any other info at this time and will have more details in the next 24 hours or so. Thank you for keeping Buddy in your thoughts and prayers.
Update! April 28th
Look who got up to eat his dinner! Buddy is doing well in his recovery. His catheter was removed and he seems to want to move around and eat. All good signs!
Update! May 3rd
Buddy’s vet and foster took this photo today with Buddy in front and his house mate Oliver in back. He says "He's doing well, frisky and feisty again, seems to be doing great so far! Pulling blood today, should have some good information tomorrow." Keep those good vibes and paws crossed for continued improvement! It’s working!
Update May 16th
We at RAGofAZ are devastated to report that our beloved Timmy (Buddy) has gone to the Bridge.
His health deteriorated rapidly yesterday within a matter of hours, and, despite our very best
efforts, his heart gave out.
We are so grateful for your support and love for our Timmy. RAGofAZ could not have done this without
our participating veterinary partners and especially the loving care of Frances and Rory Lubold of Paion
Veterinary who have cared for Timmy since he came into rescue last August. Fly high Timmy.