Fozzy, a 13 year old shepherd mix, was on his last breathe as he struggled to breathe, only a few short days ago. His owner, Crystal Daily, was beside herself with worry, unsure how to help him.
The elderly dog had a larynx malfunction (laryngeal paralysis) which made it difficult for him to breathe – the only thing that would save his life was corrective surgery, suggested by a veterinary clinic in Southfield, Michigan, with the estimated cost of nearly $3000, which was beyond the financial means of his adoring owner.
Unsure how to fund this massive surgery, Dailey reached out to the National Dog News Examiner as her last hope, pleading for her help for hes best friend.
Fozzy is choking today, gasping for air, as his larynx isn’t opening properly. Putting him down when he’s otherwise healthy is just wrong, and it’s breaking my heart to see him scared, unable to breathe, and looking to me for help. He deserves better than going out like this, after all we’ve been through.
Aside from the larynx issue, Fozzy is a healthy senior dog, and with the help of this surgery Dailey hopes they could spend many more years together.
Dozens of strangers, who have never met Fozzy or Dailey, contributed selfishly to this women and dog, and the fundraising goal was reached within a day.
Soon after Fozzy was able to undergo surgery to save his life.
On Sunday, Dailey wrote:
You were the miracle I was praying for to raise funds and save my dog. Thank you! I am just so humbly grateful for your help and all of the compassionate donors. My best friend, my fur baby, PTSD buddy, and companion is breathing steady again! We’re both going to rest peacefully tonight.
Thanks to the Examiner and all those amazing donors out there, Fozzy is able to breathe clearly again, and a woman and her best friend can continue to celebrate life and all the goodness in it.