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MI - 2016

There are times when “thank you,” just doesn’t seem to be enough. For me, this is one of these times. Gus has been a part of my heart for nearly four years now, and despite getting off to a rocky start, we hung in there. After lots of help and lots of love, we found the gentle, beautiful and amazing soul hidden behind years of neglect and fear and confusion. Gus is and has been such a blessing in my life.

He has taught me about the importance of second chances, about never giving up, and about fighting to find the spirit and soul that can sometimes be lost inside. And he’s taught me so much more about life that I would need volumes to write it all down.

When his little heart began to fail him back in January, we brought him to the local Veterinary Specialty Clinic. They cared for him as if he was their own, and after just a few days the Gus we knew was back in my arms, back with his pack, back home.

But, this life-saving treatment did not come without a cost. It was too much for me and my wife. I have been without real work for a while. Bills are falling behind further each day, and now, I had a substantial bill for Gus’ veterinary care. We borrowed, pleaded, made arrangements and promises, and were still short.

So, I reached out to Brown Dog Foundation, and without hesitation they were there to help. They filled in the difference and by doing that, made such a huge difference in my life. Gus is home now, and although his ordeal has certainly taken a toll on him, he is happy, as healthy as can be, and enjoying his life. The generosity of Brown Dog Foundation and its supporters helped to make this possible. Like I mentioned earlier — sometimes “thank you,” just doesn’t seem to be enough. This is one of these times.

God Bless,
John & Gus

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UPDATE: On October 8, 2016, Gus succumbed to congestive heart failure. His family is incredibly thankful the additional time our assistance afforded them. Gus lived a very long life and was never in pain or miserable.