UPDATE as of Oct 2nd:
We are riding an emotional roller coaster with sweet Haley. Early this morning, we made the heartbreaking decision to let her go. Try as they might, the emergency medical team at VEC could not get her heart rate down. But suddenly, just about an hour ago, a miracle. Haley's breathing is better, she's brighter, bouncier. There's a glimmer of hope. The Cardiologist wants to give it another 24 hours and so do we. How wonderful it would be if Haley could be home for Thanksgiving.
We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has either made a donation already or sent positive wishes or both. It means the world. The medical costs to save Haley are clearly climbing but she's counting on us right now and we're not about to let her down.
We need your support. Ever since 14-year-old Haley-Grace was dumped by her family back in the spring because they wanted to travel, she has been ever so happy in our care. At least until this past Thursday when she had a very scary episode on a walk with her dedicated foster mom. Suddenly, she became very wobbly and fell over. There was no rhyme or reason to it. On Friday, she had yet another episode. We rushed her to our vets. At that point, it was not certain what caused these incidents. She was sent home with medication and we were to wait and see. But things got worse very fast. The episodes became more frequent. Something was terribly wrong. On Saturday afternoon, we rushed Haley-Grace to the Emergency Hospital. She is now in the ICU, hooked up to oxygen as she's unable to breathe on her own. Everything is pointing towards congestive heart failure.
But up until Thursday, our Haley was a happy bouncy senior beagle. We are holding out hope she can be that again.
The Cardiologist will be taking over first thing tomorrow. We'll know more by then. If she can be weaned off the oxygen and started on heart medication, she may have more happy years ahead. We've got to try, despite our financial crisis. She's part of our family and that's all there is to it. Of course, we know this might end badly and we may have to say goodbye to our precious Haley as we will not let her suffer. There must be quality of life. She must be able to return to that happy-go-lucky senior beagle. If she cannot, the right thing to do will be to let her go. But in the meantime, we're going to fight for her.
Will you help us do that?
Please, there is no such thing as a small donation. Every dollar counts. But we know we've asked for a lot of help this year. It's been a very costly year. So if you've already given all you can, that's okay. We understand. One way or another, we are going to get through this and we know you are right there with us.
On behalf of Haley-Grace and every abandoned beagle that paws their way to our door, thank you. Because you mean more to us than we'll ever truly be able to explain.