This is Justice. He’s my dog-nephew. My brother acquired this walking tongue several years ago. He’s a bull mastiff, and the tongue thing is due to his jaw being malformed–his mouth just isn’t big enough to hold his tongue. He has a tendency to acquire dust-bunnies and other detritus on it–kinda like a Swiffer. He’s really popular with the special needs kids my brother works with, and with good reason. He’s just about the sweetest giant I’ve ever met.
So why am I talking about Justice? Because he needs help. I wasn’t going to ask. I felt weird about asking for help for a dog at a time when everybody is hurting. But I love my brother, and he’s desperate to save this wonderful dog. So here I am, asking for help.
Justice has cancer. He was diagnosed about three weeks ago. I found out when my brother posted this update on Facebook:
“Things were starting to look up-but the rest of the labwork came back positive for lymphoma. Justice has cancer, and I don’t know what to do.”
It broke my heart. After a lot of talking to the oncologist and careful weighing of all the options, my brother decided that he just couldn’t give up on Justice. So they’re going ahead with chemotherapy. The problem is, my brother is now facing upwards of $10,000 in expenses by the time they get through it all. The vet is being very helpful–they’ve fallen in love with Justice, as does anybody who meets the Hippo (as he’s affectionatelyknown). But they can’t just donate that much care.
Which is where you all come in. I know money is tight–it was tough for me to scrape together my own contribution to the cause. But even if you can’t donate, if you could spread the word to your pet-loving friends, I’d appreciate it. I figured that I might not be able to pay for it all myself, but I could at least get the message out to as many people as possible and hope that a lot of little donations would do what I couldn’t.
You can read more about Justice on Facebook. My brother created a group calledJustice For All, and he’s giving regular updates on Justice’s progress.The plan is that any donations that are raised above what Justice needs will go to help other pets in need. Donations can be made through PayPal, by clicking the Send Money button and entering HealJustice@aol.com as the recipient. The email is linked, via PayPal, to Justice’s medical fund account at Chase Bank.
Thanks to all of you for anything you can do. And especially thanks to Athenae for giving me access to the biggest soapbox I could hope for in this kind of situation.
And if you’re inclined to comment that this is a lot of money to spend on just a dog, hey, that’s cool. I’m not asking everybody to be okay with this. This is a plea only to those people who understand. The rest of you can go on about your lives.