Written by Reese’s mom, Naomi:
Reese has made a huge impact on our lives since she came into our home. She has wrapped my husband and me around her little paw. She is the most precious dog and extremely intelligent. Most of all, she is my companion.
Our children are grown; married, divorced, or in college. Reese has filled a void in our home and filled our hearts with love. She is the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of before I fall asleep (with her neck laying across mine). If Reese doesn’t have this surgery, she will not live long. I hate that I am asking for financial assistance, but I feel like I have no choice. I can’t stand the thought of losing her, especially when surgery would correct her heart defect and she can live a normal life!
Update after Reese’s successful surgery, September 2012:
Reese had her surgery one month ago today! She is doing very well, although still totally restricted on all physical activity. She is to be in her kennel or on our lap at all times. No running, playing, jumping, or even walking!! Only enough walking to go potty outside.
At her check-up last week they performed another echocardiogram. Reese’s implant is still exactly where it needs to be and her incision has healed up nicely. She initially had an irregular heartbeat after the surgery; the cardiologist, Dr. Fine (who is amazing, by the way!) informed us it was due to her increased heart size and that as her heart returns somewhat to its normal size, the rhythm may correct itself. Well the good news is, during her re-check her rhythm was returning to normal and they have instructed us to wean her off her beta blocker heart medication!
I wanted to give you an update on Reese and provide you some pictures of her sleeping on mine and her Daddy’s lap. She is a real doll.
Your organizations assistance is SOOO appreciated and I cannot express to you how much we appreciate it!