When my best friend Desmond got his heartbreaking osteosarcoma diagnosis, I honestly wasn’t sure where to start. The X-rays and initial consult for the diagnosis had already set me back $600 and having a mother who has worked in the industry for over 30 years, I knew that was just the beginning. When I got a general estimate over the phone for the amputation, the first step in an osteosarcoma patient’s treatment plan, I was overwhelmed as the cost of that alone was more than I could afford. When the oncologist explained to me that if I only did the first step of the treatment I could hope for 4-5 months with my best friend, I knew I had to find a way to give him the full treatment option so we could spend his last few years together in good health and happiness. I started searching for an alternative. I knew that no matter what, giving up on my Desmond wasn’t an option because as we all know, dogs never give up on us. I heard about dogslife through one of the veterinarians at my local animal clinic, Katy Trail Animal Hospital, and decided that this could be my one shot to help save my best friend. I scheduled a consult at Animal Diagnostic Center to get a treatment plan together and comprehensive quote and filled out the application with Dogslife.
Within a day, I had heard back from the organization. I cannot really put into words what the phone call meant to me when I was told that dogslife was providing a grant to help pay for all the overages for Desmond’s treatment that I simply could not afford. There really are angels that walk among us and this organization has some of the best! Desmond had his amputation surgery and will soon begin chemotherapy. Dogslife has kept in touch with me every step of the way and offered words of encouragement and support. They were even so kind as to put together a care package of Desmond’s favorite things to help him through his battle. I can’t begin to thank Dogslife and their generous supporters enough and I will do my very best to spread the same love and support I’ve received to others. This is an organization worth your time and donations! Thank you dogslife.
- Caitlin Schmidt (October 2018)
Click on the video below to see NBC 5 DFW's feature on Sir Desmond and dogslife!