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Any funds will go toward Rocky's atlantoaxial instability (AAI) surgery.

After our 13-year-old Dauschund, Mary Moon, passed away after a long illness, my family found the house to be unbearably empty.

This pain led us to adopt Rocky, a two-month-old Chihuahua, from a rescue shelter in November. Rocky was quite small, weighing in at only one pound. However, he was full of energy and sweetness. He had the most adorable "Nazi" walk, and, to this day, has never been aggressive. Naturally, he soon became the baby of the family.

For a while, things went swimmingly. Rocky loved to run outside, play with the cats, and chew on his toy raccoon.

Before long, though, Rocky began to have problems walking and going to the bathroom. He often appeared to be in extreme pain. Desperate to figure out what was wrong, we visited three local vets. All believed the problem was neurological. He was referred to Ohio State University (OSU).

On June 13, Rocky had his first appointment at OSU. They diagnosed him with with severe atlantoaxial instability (AAI) and recommend immediate surgery. Without the surgery, the vets warn us that symptoms will become increasingly more severe -- and will eventually end in paralysis and/or death.

Rocky is currently in a body cast and, his surgery awaits scheduling. I am absolutely torn up inside.

Any help (advice, money, prayers, etc.) would be greatly appreciated.
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