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My dog Louie has supported me through all of my toughest moments and now I am trying to help him through his.

I rescued my dog Louie 5 years ago and he has been with me ever since. We are a great team and he's involved in every part of my life. We competed in agility, he accompanied me to my job at a research farm, he lays at my feet while I'm doing my homework. To him, I owe the world.

Two nights ago he took a wrong step as he went down the back stairs outside. I heard a yelp, and when he came back a few min later he was wobbly and clearly in pain. We went immediately to the vet clinic who diagnosed him with a ruptured disc and recommended oral medication and crate rest until the inflammation resided. The next day, Louie lost all function in his back legs. The lower half of his body was paralyzed and it broke my heart when he stared into my eyes- asking me why he couldn't move.

We went back to the emergency clinic who called the surgeon in on a Sunday to do an immediate removal of the disc matter to try and prevent any further nerve damage. Louie came through the surgery like a champ and now it's a matter of waiting to see if he gains function back in his legs.

Beyond the enormous costs of surgery, there will be many follow up vet visits, medication, and mri's in his future. I'm only recently out of college and haven't had a chance to build credit or save an emergency fund.

Louie is my best friend and partner in crime. I'd do anything for him. Which is why I'm asking for help now. Any support at all that you're able to give us is something we both will never forget. Thank you very very much.
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