We are going to make a difference in many ways, thanks to all of you who have supported our Fundraiser! I am sending an update to everyone to let you know that the funds from the fundraiser are in and where and how they have been distributed. Our total funds raised were $2818.00! I am amazed that we reached this amount and my heart is warmed by the love for animals that so many wonderful people have shown! I would like to thank you again for all of the help we received in our Quest to help our boy Zeus. Even though his battle has come to an end, we can still make a difference in one or more animal’s lives and we will be doing so in memory of Zeus!
I have contacted the person who paid for the testing Zeus had done at the beginning of September and let her know that Zeus lost his battle with his rare genetic disorder. She was sad to hear of his passing and was sorry that nothing more could have been done for him. I asked her if she would allow us to reimburse her some or all of the cost for the tests that she covered ($800.00), she said she wouldn’t hear of it and wanted it to be donated along with whatever was left over after all of Zeus’ medical bills were taken care of. Again, I was amazed at the generosity so many of you have shown for our cause!
Before I go into detail about how and where our funds were distributed, I would like to tell you a short story about a dog named Buddy. Zeus met Buddy when he was only 7 weeks old and they were fast friends. Because Buddy was a small dog and Zeus was an 11 pound puppy, they were a good match when they first met and were about the same size. Buddy was 7 years old when he met Zeus and was not too sure what to think of the bear cub looking puppy we were calling Zeus. Buddy was a good sport though and didn’t get too mad at Zeus for chewing on him and wanting to play with him. I remember dropping Zeus’ leash and laughing when Buddy picked up the end I was holding and proceeded to lead Zeus on a walk around his yard, it seemed like Buddy was showing Zeus the ropes and his home. Zeus happily followed Buddy around paying special attention to where all the good peeing spots where that Buddy was showing him. This was the day that would start a good friendship between two great dogs. From this day on, Zeus and Buddy would be good friends. Buddy would come to Zeus’ birthday parties to share in the celebration and Zeus would join us at Buddy’s house for Fourth of July BBQ’s. They always had a great time and enjoyed each other’s company.
Buddy’s mom heard the news about how Zeus’ condition had worsened and called me right away. She said she was so sorry and wanted to know if we would like her to meet us at Healthy Paws when we put him to sleep. She wanted to be there for us in our time of need and sorrow to support us in any way she could, even if all she could do was to help us emotionally. I told her that Craig and I would rather it just be us, but thanked her for her kindness. She then started telling me that Buddy wasn’t doing so well either. She had taken him in to Healthy Paws the week before and they had run tests on Buddy and found he was having trouble with his kidneys. She said they really didn’t have the money for the medication and further testing that he needed. She wasn’t sure how she was going to pay for the care he needed. She was pretty upset and I remember the sinking feeling in my heart when we found out Zeus had this rare genetic disorder and the doctors told me the cost of everything he needed. I knew this was how Buddy’s mom was feeling at that exact moment. It is a feeling of helplessness and sadness, wanting to help someone you love and not having the resources to do so. I knew we would have funds left after Zeus’ medical bills were paid since we were soon saying our last goodbyes to him. I also knew these funds were to help another animal in need if they couldn’t be used to help Zeus. Who better to help than Buddy, a good friend of Zeus’? I know Zeus would have wanted us to help his friend just as Buddy’s mom helped us with our fundraising efforts and our event at Putting Edge. Since I hadn’t closed the fundraiser out yet at that time and hadn’t crunched the numbers yet, I told her we could help her with $500.00 of Buddy’s vet bills out of the fund raiser money once we received the funds. She was so grateful for our help she started sobbing as she thanked me. Even though she was crying, I could hear the relief in her voice. I am glad I could help relieve some of the stress and anguish she was feeling. I was amazed at the compassion she showed by offering to be there for us during our heartbreaking moment of letting Zeus go, when Buddy was so sick and she was trying to help him. She was willing to put her needs and loved ones aside to help us through our difficult time. She understood that we wanted to be alone with Zeus and I told her that our appointment to say goodbye to him would be at 5pm that day. She told me if we changed our mind to call her and she would meet us at Healthy Paws, she also told me to give Zeus a kiss for her and to tell him that Buddy said goodbye. Further testing was done on Buddy and he was put on medication. Unfortunately, these medications did not work because Buddy had stopped eating and he went into kidney failure. Out of love, Buddy’s mom took him to Healthy Paws three days after Zeus passed away to end Buddy’s suffering. Zeus would have wanted us to help Buddy in any way we could and I feel we did that. Even though Buddy did not make it, he was worth the try just like Zeus was. We did help Buddy by not letting him suffer and freeing him from the pain he was in. We also helped Buddy’s family to have peace of mind that they did everything they could for their loyal companion. I would like to believe Zeus was waiting for Buddy at the rainbow bridge when he arrived and now Zeus is showing Buddy the ropes and the best places to play and roll in the grass. They were good friends in life and are still good friends in death. They can both rest in peace together now.
Here is a detailed list of the funds, it includes how and where they were distributed.
- Total fundraiser earnings: $2,818.00
- The cost of using the Giveforward website was 7% of the total amount raised.
- After this website cost our funds amounted to $2,631.24
- We helped Buddy and his family with $500.00
- Cahill’s vet bill for Zeus in the amount of $671.00 was paid
- Healthy Paws vet bill for Zeus in the amount of $395.00 was paid
- A donation was made to Dr. Steven Mantay at Healthy Paws in the amount of $885.00
- $180.24 is set aside for a special urn for Zeus who was a special boy.
(Craig and I will be choosing one this weekend)
I picked up Zeus’ remains when I stopped at Healthy Paws to pay his vet bill and drop off the donation. Zeus will always remain in our hearts and be remembered for the joy and love he brought to our family and home. His final resting place will be here with his family where he belongs.
Again I would like to thank each of you for the help, compassion, support, and kindness that you showed in our efforts to save Zeus. Zeus would not have been with us as long as he was if it hadn’t been for each one of you. Your support gave our family hope and showed us that anything is possible if you reach out to people. I am glad we did not give up when it looked like we were at a dead end, it gave us piece of mind that we were able to do everything we could to help Zeus. No stone was left unturned and there is no doubt in my mind that he was loved by many. Not only did each of you help Zeus, but together we helped Buddy and we are going to help others who are in need of medical attention. I know Dr. Steven Mantay will make sure our donation is put to good use; he is a great doctor and dose extensive work with rescue organizations along with rescuing many animals himself.
I have learned a few valuable lessons in the process all of this. The first and most important is to never take the ones you love for granted, cherish each moment you have with them because they can be taken from you at any moment. We raised enough to cover any medical expenses Zeus needed, but fate had a different plan in mind and all the money in the world wouldn’t have changed that. I am glad I cherished all of our moments we had together while he was here because now I have many memories to take out and replay when I am missing him. Another lesson learned is that even when things look impossible; don’t give up because if it is something you really want and believe in, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything and if you keep trying you will find a way. I never would have dreamed that we would have been able to raise enough to help Zeus. I had no idea what I was going to do and how I was going to come up with the funds needed for his care. I made the decision to put 100% of my effort into helping my favorite dog and I believe I accomplished what I set out to do! Because of my efforts, I reached out to all of you and many others who helped give Zeus 6 months of life that he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Never underestimate the power of determination and never underestimate the power of giving. What a great feeling it is, helping someone who needs it. To know that by giving just a little we can take away someone’s pain and anguish, giving them peace of mind, is a great feeling. We need to keep providing these acts of kindness to make our world a better place. Thank you for helping us and we can now pass your help along to help others who need it.
Thank you from the bottom of or hearts!
P.S. If you scroll down, you will find the letter that I wrote to Dr. Steven Mantay enclosed with the donation that I dropped off at Healthy Paws vet, I thought you might like to read it. Dr. Mantay was also with Craig and I when Zeus left us on October 12, 2012. I am glad Dr. Steve was the one to bring Zeus’ pain and suffering to an end because Zeus loved him dearly and trusted in him so much.
October 27, 2012
Dear Dr. Steve, Dr. Mike, and staff,
Zeus’s life came to an end on October 12, 2012; it was a sad day for us and one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. Zeus was a big part of our family and was loved dearly; he brought so much joy and love to us and our home over the last six and a half years! He was gentle, loyal, loving, and dedicated to his family. As you all know, he loved everyone who treated him with respect and love. He will always hold a special place in our hearts that no other could ever fill; my only hope is that he knew how much he was loved and how hard we fought to help him battle this disease. Although we did everything we could to help fight the terrible disease he had, fate could not be swayed.
Craig and I would like to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful care you gave to our sweet boy. Zeus loved visiting your office and didn’t care what you had to do to him when he was there, he had a special bond with each of you and loved it when he got to see you and get attention from you. He would get so excited whenever he had an appointment and would wait at our front door for a half an hour before we had to leave the house. This tells me you treated him well and kindly even when my husband or I were not present. It really means a lot to know he was in such good hands and that he was taken care of so well when he was at your office and under your care. Complete trust is a hard thing to earn and when it came to Zeus, we trusted you 100% in everything you did for him, from your care, to your medical decisions, the advice you gave, and the recommendations you made. You always had his best interest in mind and you truly cared about his wellbeing. These things meant the world to us over the last few years and made losing him a little less difficult. Because of the trust we have in you and your medical knowledge, along with the good advice you have given us, we have no doubts and know that we made the right decision of letting him go. We didn’t want Zeus to suffer and we know you felt the same way because you have always had his best interest in mind.
We would also like to thank you for all you have done for us; you have worked with us when our finances were tight and made sure that the health of Zeus and Lucky always came first. They never had to go without medical care because of financial reasons and I can’t begin to tell you what that has meant to us. I can tell you though that you chose your profession for the right reasons and that you are making a big difference in the lives of many people and animals, you sure made a difference in ours and in Zeus’ life. Because of your love for animals, your knowledge, and your excellent treatment, I recommend your office to everyone I know and I will continue to do so. You have shown professionalism, compassion, kindness, understanding, and love in more ways than you know over the last few years. I don’t know what we would have done without you and I don’t think Zeus would have been with us as long as he was if each of you had not been a part of his life.
As you know, I started a fundraiser for Zeus when we found out he had this rare genetic disorder and needed extensive veterinary care. I am proud to say that we have raised $2,632.00! Unfortunately, no amount of money would have been able to help Zeus and give him a long, healthy, pain free life. We do have vet bills of his to take care of out of these funds, but we will have $885.00 left over. I am enclosing a check in the amount of $885.00 and would like it to be used for another animal that is in need of medical care. I would like to think that since we couldn’t save our wonderful boy Zeus, maybe we can help to save another in need of assistance, in memory of Zeus. We know you will put these funds to good use and help someone who really needs it.
We are still missing Zeus terribly and our home feels quite empty and quiet. Lucky is also missing him and still looks for him from time to time. Eventually we will add another dog to our family, but for now, we still have heavy hearts and are feeling the heavy loss that has come with saying goodbye to Zeus. I will still be bringing Lucky in for all of his medical needs in the future, although we may not see you as often because he is much healthier than Zeus was. Lucky will also be visiting your facility for daycare, I think it will do him good to get out of the house and be around other dogs. I do look forward to a long future of great care with you for all of our pets! Thank you for being such wonderful doctors and giving the best care to your patients!
Thank you for your compassion and kindness,
Melissa and Craig
P.s. I have enclosed a poem that I have written about Zeus, I thought you might like to read it. I am also enclosing a photograph of Zeus for you that was taken about a month before he passed away. He looks so happy in this photo and this is how I will always remember him to be.
Paw Prints on My Heart
You left paw prints on my heart
My gentle, loyal friend, right from the start
Your life so short and time going by so fast
I have never loved a dog like I have you in the past
You will hold a special place in my heart forever and always
I did my best to make the time you had left, your best days
You have made me smile, you have made me laugh
At the thought of losing you, my heart breaks in half
You have made me proud and my love for you will forever be
Thank you for being so loyal and loving me
Your brown eyes were so sweet and true,
I hope you know how much I love you
I have done everything I could to keep you here with me
But the time for goodbye has finally come; I have to set you free
I can’t make you suffer, not a single day,
More than you know, I wish you could stay
Although, my heart is at ease knowing you will go with dignity
I couldn’t be selfish, just to keep you here with me…
I remember the day I brought you home
A tiny bundle of energy, just wanting to roam
You were so cute and wanted to play
What I wouldn’t give for us to play for one last day
I will forever miss your heavy head in my lap,
Now that you are gone, my heart will forever have an endless gap
The way your stub would wag, your whole back end seemed to sway
You always knew how to make me feel better and brighten my day
Your medical care was expensive
The tests you needed were extensive
But don’t you worry my dear, sweet friend
You were worth it, even in the end
Some say you were just a dog, but to me, you were so much more
You have touched my soul at its very core
Without you here I feel so alone
Even though we tried our best, your soul has flown
To a place far, far, away
For you and I to meet again some day
I tried to help you fight this terrible disease
So you could receive treatments and from your pain, you could be freed
I wanted you to have many more happy days
So you could be a dog and run and play
But, fate has a mind of its own and has taken you away
I felt my heart breaking and could not find the words to say
How much you meant to us in so many ways,
What I would give for just one more single day
As we said our goodbyes, I was reduced to tears
I thank you for the wonderful memories over the last six years
We told you we loved you and what a good boy you were
I kissed your head and buried my face in your fur
You kissed our faces to show your love,
I know your loving eyes will watch over us from above
As you took your last breath, my hand over your chest
I felt your last heartbeat, something I will never forget
I have done everything I could, for you, I had to try
When I think about you, I can’t help but to cry
I miss you so much, more than you could ever know,
But I am so grateful I had the chance to watch you grow
I love you now, and loved you through the end
Thank you for being such a special friend
You left paw prints on my heart
I will hold them close now that we have had to part
Thank you for all the joy you have given me
You have been a wonderful dog and always will be
I am glad you are at peace and finally free