Sam and Kona

Sam and Kona

From Cady S. Moore

On May 25th, Sam lost her beloved service dog, Kona, to a sudden illness. We are devastated on her behalf and will be raising funds to help Sam cover the substantial vet bills accrued during Kona's fight to stay with us.

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On the early morning of May 24th, we awoke to Kona in critical condition and quickly rushed her to the ER. By the time we got there, she was nearly gone, with only 17% of her blood volume left circulating in her body. The vets let us know that they had found a cancerous mass on her spleen that ruptured, and her stomach was full of blood.

Though they were able to stabilize her for spleen removal, by the morning of May 25th, doctors found that after numerous plasma infusions, her blood was unable to clot. We were able to sit with her and hold her as she slowly and peacefully succumbed to her fight on her own. 

The vets were in awe of how hard she fought to stick around, as she was beating the odds left and right. But it didn’t surprise us, because we knew Kona was a fighter. The devastation of suddenly losing her has rippled throughout our family and beyond. At only 7 years old, she was my ESA dog and was with me through all the hospitalizations, chemo days, and arthritis flares. She was my peace on days when I just couldn’t find it. In consultation with her doctors, we did everything we could to save her, but it was her time to go. 

We are asking for donations to contribute to the expenses of our effort to keep her here if it is within your means. 

Another way we are choosing to honor Kona is a blanket and towel drive for VCA Mueller, the vets that did so much for us and our sweet girl. If you have any gently used blankets or towels, please feel free to bring them with you to At Ease Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 3rd from 2-6pm.

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