Help for Kobe

It’s been a busy few weeks here, between work, side jobs, the normal everyday life items and the not so normal ones. As some of you may know there has been one large hurdle thrown the way of Therapist Wife and I. Our beloved Black Lab, Kobe, was diagnosed with bladder cancer several weeks ago. It’s a fairly aggressive and inoperable diagnosis, however as we caught it as soon as symptoms began to show there is quite a bit of hope. He is also being treated by one of the best animal hospitals in the country, the MSPCA Angell Hospital in Boston. Aside from being superb at what they do, the staff and Vets at Angell are also among some the kindest and most amazing people we have ever had the fortune of interacting with.
Kobe’s doctors have him on a treatment course of directed radiation and chemotherapy that on average gives Dogs 2-3 years of quality life, and in many cases longer. Being that Kobe was already in good shape they are very hopeful that he will be one of those longer cases.
It has been an emotional roller coaster dealing with Kobe’s diagnosis. To our friends we are the couple that are the crazy dog people. Kobe and his little brother Rudy are our whole lives and complete members of the family. Walks at the canal and swimming at the boardwalk are always highlights of my time at home. Over the last eight years Kobe has touched more lives than just ours. He is a regular at Therapist Wife’s Grandmothers nursing home and we now visit most of her floor while there upon the request of staff and residents alike. He has also participated in therapy with my wife, there is something about the look on his face and his gentle demeanor that puts everyone at ease. In short his love for people, and silly costumes, has had cast a net far beyond our little family.
One last hurdle remains for us in giving him as long and full a life as he deserves, and that is the cost of treatment. All said and done we are looking at roughly 10,000-11,000 dollars. Between extending our credit, some cash on hand, and a generous grant we received at Angell we had about half of that covered. While I’ve never been a person to ask for charity, and I wish I had made better choices and worked harder these last few years to be able to do more for him, we’ve set up a go fund me page for donations towards his treatment. If you are another crazy dog person, and have anything to spare we would appreciate it. Thus far we have raise most of most of our goal and the support has really blown us away. I want to further extend my gratitude to everyone that has helped, it honestly has almost brought us to tears the generosity and kindness we have had bestowed upon us by so many people.

Help for Kobe

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About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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