Please help me get the word out on this precious little boy.
IMOM.org is raising funds to help this boy get life-saving surgery. Please crosspost and include links on your social media sites -- and of course, if you can afford to donate, please do so. Chopper's fundraising page is here: http://www.imom.org/community/index.php?showtopic=9912
Diagnosis: Bilateral Inguinal Hernias
Low end of estimate: $1730
Owner’s Contribution: $272
Needed for low end of estimate: $1458
4% of $300 for IMOM operating expenses: $59
Fundraising goal: $1517
**Fund Update: Chopper has $357 in donations and needs $1,160 more as of 4:30 p.m. EST - 11/10/13**
His Mom is a school teacher in Florida. Here's what she has to say about her baby boy.
Chopper is the love of my life. Yorkie with attitude... let me share a short story of how i got Chopper, his tenatious personality and the issues we face together...
My friend calls me while I’m at dinner telling me that an old man was getting rid of a dog. A free dog. Not only a free dog, but a free Yorkie. I’m talking an expensive dog, for FREE! So I bit the bait, I went and saw the dog. And the rest is history. He grabbed my heart the moment I saw him. To this day I don’t know why that old man got rid of him… oh yea… hes CRAZY!! Chopper does not like:
· When the doorbell rings
· When the phone vibrates
· When candles are blown out
· When the doorbell on tv rings
· When people stand near his food
· When dogs stand near his food
· To be woken up
· To go for walks at night
· When basketballs are dribbled
· When people suddenly stand up
· When people crawl or lay on the floor
· When people look under the bed
· To get haircuts
· To get baths
· To get dried off
· To get his nails cut
· To be moved in the middle of the night
· To be left on the floor
· To be left on the bed
· To be ignored
If anyone were to try these actions they may be met by relentless barking and/or ankle/lip/knee biting. So some often ask why do you put up with Chopper? Have you seen him? Not to mention outside of all his weird temperaments, he is the sweetest thing. He is my little security guard, keeping order in the house at all times. He is what I was missing as a child. This is an endless love that can never be replaced or matched by any other animal. He has brought me on roller coasters, and worries me often; but in the end of the day I know exactly how he is feeling and pretty much exactly what he wants.
What’s wrong with Chopper?
Chopper potentially has a Bilateral Inguinal Hernia. That means he has two holes on either side of his abdomen. What makes this situation of extreme importance is that his intestine is possibly strangulated. You may be asking why is everything “potentially” and “possibly”? to confirm what is wrong chopper needs an ultrasound, this is very expensive. Followed by surgery, if confirmed, that has been estimated at around $3700-$4700. I have found other Vets who can do the procedure for less, however they are not as familiar with Choppers situation.
Why can’t I pay myself?
I am a new teacher in sunny south Florida. I don’t know if you have heard, but teachers don’t get paid that much. NOT THAT I’M COMPLAINING… but it’s true. I teach for the outcome, not the income. This however does present a problem when your dog needs a surgery that is 2 solid months’ pay. Even with proper budgeting this would a near impossible task to accomplish on my own. I have applied for credit cards, only to be denied. Now I am reaching out to the community, for any assistance.
Felicia and Chopper
Here are some photos of the adorable Chopper.