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Oliver

Imagine...  you have the perfect life.  A beautiful wife, a thriving business, the big house in the suburbs, great cars and artwork... and an angelic daughter that is the center of your world.  You work hard so you can provide them the very best.  And to top it off, you've got three loving dogs, all Old English Sheepdogs, and two are litter-mates!  Well, that was me until about three years ago.  It started with my business showing signs of deterioration due to legislative and policy changes in my industry.  Then, two years ago, one of the dogs was diagnosed with cancer.  And, while the ability to cover the cost of her care was out of reach, the doctor told us she wouldn't likely survive long anyway.  So, as a family, we made the decision to end her suffering.

Then, my wife decided that being married to me is no longer what she wanted.  My business had dwindled even more in the past year.  And two months ago, the final blow was dealt... I found a growth on my dog's upper palate.  The Veterinarian diagnosed it as an aggressive, but non-cancerous tumor.  Without removal, Oliver would eventually be unable to eat and breathe.  I just couldn't accept that I might have to end the life of another pet so soon.

I called the New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue to see about surrendering Oliver to them.  They put me in touch with an angel by the name of Maggie.  She found two organizations to help us get Oliver the surgery he needed!  Brown Dog Foundation raised enough to cover the cost of the surgery and bloodwork.  Best Friends Animal Sanctuary covered the cost of an MRI so the surgeon would know exactly how much tissue to remove to ensure the highest possible success! 

And, success it's been!  Oliver started eating again right away and my family is so excited to have him back home.  It will take a long time for me to get back on my feet, but the generosity of people I've never met gives me the strength, courage and hope to take those first steps.  Thank you for saving our lives!