My friend's dog, Nova, has been diagnosed with a ruptured CCL. She needs knee surgery quite badly, and the cost was estimated to be in the ballpark of $2,000-$4,000.
Nova is a 1 year, 8 month old pit bull type/boxer mix. She is a very timid, yet loving, dog, who wants nothing more than to somehow magically fit on your lap (you know, because the best lap dogs take up way more than the lap) and carry around whatever little scrap of toy she can save from her siblings' destruction. She consistently has a pathetic, sad, pouty look on her face, which really just makes her more adorable (and likely to get what she wants when the pouty face is accompanied by her whining.). Her other hobbies are having panic attacks when the cat comes near her, digging holes in the garden, and being glued to whoever is currently petting her.
A ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament can often cause lameness of the leg, arthritis, and a few other complications. We are not sure if Nova inherited CCLD (Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease), or if her constant running, playing, jumping, and general physical activity caused it to tear and then rupture. More information on CCLD and CCL ruptures can be found here
Should the surgery be less than the estimate, my friend, Karrie, has stated on Facebook, as well as on the Fundraiser Page
that she will donate the remainder of the money to Modified K9 (a local no-kill, foster-run pit bull rescue) or Blue Chip Animal Farm (a no-kill, free-roam style shelter that admits dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, etc.).
Please pass this around, share it on Facebook, etc. I love Nova, as well as my friend's other dogs, like my own. (You kind of have to if, when you stay over for a period of a few days, you have over 210 pounds of dog crushing you at night.)
In addition to all of this-Any purchases made from my For Sale folder will go directly to Nova's surgery, as will quick custom jewelry (wire wrapped stones, feather earrings, leather bracelets, etc.)