Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An update about Journey

    On August 7th, 2011, a benefit was held at Houndstown. Houndstown offered their facilities for a day of dog washing, raffles, silent auctions and a bake sale. Between the proceeds gained from the dog wash, $478 was raised for Journey’s benefit. Along with the funds raised through paypal donations by numerous individuals, we were able to raise a total of $1,077. Dr. Cecelia Marshall of Veterinary Specialty Services agreed to go ahead and do the surgery at cost with that amount and allowed a payment arrangement for the remainder of the funds. Journey went in on August 15th, 2011 and underwent a successful surgery to fix his Pactus Ductus Arteriosis. In the weeks that followed, Journey showed improvement every day; his energy level increased, his appetite picked up and within 2 weeks, he gained 5 pounds. At his 2 week checkup, Dr. Marshall confirmed that his heart size had already decreased by half! Journey is now able to run as much as he wants without coughing or becoming lethargic within minutes.
      Journey’s benefit is a great example of people coming forth to aid an animal in need. Without the help of many individuals, Journey would not be here today. The following are all individuals assisting in Journey’s journey to a better, healthier life.

Pawzitiveart                                        Tracy Custer
Misty Bryson                                      Ann Wilhelm
Linda Yoos                                         Robin Johnson
Kathy Mills                                         Jeff Sheetz
Marcia Mattingly                                 Amanda Hoff
Randy Phillips                                      Kelsey Nichols
Kathie Guentz                                      Mike Guentz               
Lori LeBlanc                                        Martin Cooley
Jennifer Huddleston                              Ashley Brooke Younger
Debbie Brzostowski                             Barbara Burke
Loretta Go                                           Sheila Ford
Patricia Nadarajah                                Parmela Bonney
Dianna Johnson                                    Mindie Schwenk
Jeff Scheetz                                          Kathy Mills
Dr. Cecilia Marshall                              Brenda Huddleston
Dr. David Hart                                     The Staff at VCA Bal Coeur Animal Hospital
The Staff at VSS Animal Hospital         That One Place Bar and Grill
Tammy Colvin                                      Ami Schoenfeld
Amy Ruth Lenau                                  Gary Lenau
Bridgette Bell                                       Louise Nichols
Heather Lanfer                                     Christine Schaefer
Jeanette Vaughn                                   Angela Younger
Josh Younger                                       Desiree Oestricker

     I apologize if I have missed any names or organizations. So many individuals and organizations came to Journey’s aid that it would be impossible to come up with each and every one of them. Journey is still finishing up the last of his heart medications and looking healthier every day. According to the veterinarian, the only lasting effects will have to be that anytime Journey has a surgery or gets a cut or scratch he has to do a round of antibiotics due the implant in his heart.