Big bucks needed for dog's survival

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  1. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    A two year old New Zealand blue-eyed Border Collie named Storm who has performed to a very high level in agility, has suddenly developed the equivalent of a hole in her heart and if she doesn't get surgery soon, she will die.

    No vet in NZ can perform the operation required and so it will cost Storm's owner $25,000 for a specialist from Japan to come to NZ and perform the operation at Massey University's vet clinic.

    So Storm's youthful owner has made a national appeal for funds to meet the $25,000. She said she would rather forego a wedding or a new car because Storm is her "child".

    Apparently a successful operation will restore Storm to full health.

    Do you think $25,000 is too much to spend on a dog?







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  2. Cardiguy

    Cardiguy Senior Member

    It obviously depends on one's financial situation. If you can afford it, $25,000 is not too much for a loved animal. If it is going to take away from necessities of life, then yes-$25K is too much. Then again who am I to determine what someone's priorities should be.
     
  3. Louwants

    Louwants Senior Member

    I agree with Cardiguy. In my case, I would have to forego the surgery and put the dog to sleep, as much as I would hate to.
     
  4. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    It actually does not depend "on ones financial situation" in this case because this young woman has gone national and she is receiving donations.

    So far she has been donated $13,000.

    One of the websites taking donations is: www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/SavingStorm



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  5. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    As at today (Sept 16), $14,000 has been donated. Meanwhile Storm is being very carefully managed and is well enough to wait for the goal to be reached at this stage.




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  6. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Over $15,000 has now been donated. The surgeon from Japan is Dr Uechi and Massey University in Palmerston North has offered it's world class pet facilities for the operation and pre-op and post-op periods.





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  7. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Funding is slowing up at $15,500 but the pre-op on Storm has gone well and the dog is being well cared for by a "team" at the Massey vet hospital.





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  8. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Funding picking up again - now at $16,000.
    If any Go Corgi member wishes to contribute to help save a 2 year old Border Collie much loved and an outstanding agility prospect, go to Givealittle - Saving Storm




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  9. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Finding donated now at $17,000.

    There is now no need to bring over a Japanese heart specialist. But a Cardiologist has come from Australia and he and a group of NZ clinicians are working on a much less risky and evasive option. This is a big win for Storm and her owner.



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  10. Louwants

    Louwants Senior Member

    That's great to hear. If the surgery ends up costing less, did they say what they'll do with the money left over?
     
  11. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    No one said that it would cost any less - and $25,000 may have been short of what was required initially. If there is any money over it will undoubtedly be used in a charitable and dog-related way. Storm and her owner live in Auckland and the Massey clinic is several hundred miles away so there are also costs associated with travel.

    Keep the donations coming.


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  12. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Storm's operation is now set for November 23. He will be flown down to Hamilton only 50 miles from Auckland instead of going to Palmerston North for the op and post-op care



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  13. wuzzup

    wuzzup Senior Member

    My biggest fear would be knowing that there's a family whose little girl is badly in need of a heart operation but can't afford it. Thank god it's not my business, not my decision.
     
  14. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Little boys and girls are well taken care of in New Zealand. Mind you one little boy (aged 18 months) is in need of two ear-connected transplants so that he can hear fairly well other wise he is deaf. The Government will pay for one of them but the parents of course want both done. So the public have raised $36,000 for the other ear to be done at the same time. In the meantime the Government may feel compelled to add an extra $10 million per year to the health budget and make both ear transplants freely available for young children.




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  15. wuzzup

    wuzzup Senior Member

    NZ sounds like a nice place to raise a family...and a dog or two. :wiggle:
     
  16. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    We have an excellent free Government public health care available to everyone rich or poor and as well we can also buy private health insurance and this has been in place since before the 1930s. And our tax rates are pretty modest.
    I have taken advantage of both avenues of health care.
    I look forward to the day that canine care also becomes a free service.
    NZ's welfare benefits/programme has always been a world leader - we were the world's first welfare 'state'. We do also have generosity among the public


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  17. wuzzup

    wuzzup Senior Member

    Not only that, Michael, NZ is home of some pretty cool Swedish Valhunds!
     
  18. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    NZ may be second in the world behind the USA for dogs per household. Rather have "pretty cool" Valhunds here than a lot of other breeds of dogs.


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  19. Michael Romanos

    Michael Romanos Active Member Staff Member Moderator

    Storm has had his operation and at this stage it has been an enormous success. He is back to normal but a visit to the Massey clinic in about five weeks will confirm this and give the ok for a full-on active life. Storm is getting in plenty of exercise and outdoor pursiots and always looking for more. It has been a wonderful Christmas for his owner as the situation seemed hopeless just a few months earlier. Agility people throughout NZ have been very supportive.





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