Okay. I could visit Fluid Pudding every day and tell you about the things that are tugging at my heart. I’ve done it a few times in the past, and a few people have stepped up to say, “Hey! I want to help with that!” and suddenly we have a Thing and we accomplish a goal that surprises a stranger in an amazing way and that’s one of the reasons why I just renewed Fluid Pudding for another two years. (The other reason is that I want to start challenging myself to actually WRITE again, and I’m giving myself two years to see what I can do.) Anyway, I really (really) enjoy all of you. (Even you back there.) I think we make a good team. (Funny: I accidentally just typed “I think we make a good time.” And I do!)
Here’s the scoop: A friend of mine works in animal rescue. She introduced us to Scout nearly three years ago, and because I think she’s smart and funny and resourceful and amazingly generous with her time and money when it comes to animals, I always want to help her in any way that I can. She was recently contacted by someone who wasn’t necessarily concerned about a dog, but was VERY concerned about this dog’s family. Chevy (the dog) had a weird accident while playing fetch two years ago, and the stick went through his mouth. He had surgery to correct the problem, but his jaws locked up after the surgery. His family has been told that it will take six to eight thousand dollars to correct the problem. In the meantime, because his family can’t afford the surgery, they’ve been taking extreme measures to help Chevy get food into his mouth. Meanwhile, although Chevy is an AMAZING dog who is well-trained and loves his family like crazy, he is not thriving. He needs the surgery.
A (very good) veterinarian met Chevy and is willing to cut the cost of the surgery down to $1,000. With that said, Chevy needs the surgery as soon as possible. The family scheduled the surgery for next Thursday, but they’re still having a very hard time coming up with the cash. That’s where my friend stepped in and asked for donations on Facebook. A few people donated. I put the story on my Facebook wall and immediately heard from another friend who said, “Get a Go Fund Me! I can pass the word to my friends! We can do this!”
Long story short: I took my friend’s photo of the dog along with her words and put it on a Go Fund Me site. Within an hour, we had over $300 for Chevy. This morning I woke up to find that we now have $475. In other words, we’re halfway there.
Please consider visiting the page and donating so that Chevy’s surgery is covered.
(If the link thing above doesn’t work, you can click right here.)
Also, please know that I still dig you even if you don’t donate. As I said before, it isn’t often that I throw this stuff out there, but when I do, we always seem to band together to make good things happen.
I hope your weekend is the best one.
Edited to add: You guys. We did it. $1,000 so Chevy can open his mouth and his family can get back on the road to normal. This is what it’s all about. Thank you.