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Please show your support and help Florence through this difficult time by donating to her medical fund.

Florence is an 8 year old Australian Shepherd mix. She already had a hard life before I met her last year. She came into the animal shelter as a stray last October and I immediately fell in love with her. When she came in she had an old injury to her front left leg. The leg had been badly broken and left untreated. It healed this way causing her front leg to be bent at almost a right angle at her carpus. Never the less she was the sweetest and happiest dog I have ever met. She walked and hopped on the bent leg because that was what she was used to. The veterinarians at the shelter decided it would be best for her to have surgery to fix the leg. Florence is a larger dog so she was not a candidate for amputation. I volunteered to foster her through the surgery and recovery process.

Her first surgery was in October 2011 at Animal Trustees Of Austin. The goal of this surgery was to try to stabilize the break with a metal plate while keeping range of motion at her carpus. Her leg was in a cast for six weeks but when it was removed it was obvious that the leg wasn't going to be able to bear her weight like we had hoped. We scheduled her a second surgery at Capital Area Veterinary Specialists to have a surgery done called carpal arthrodesis. In this procedure a longer metal plate is put in that better stabilizes the leg and makes the whole leg straight and unable to bend at the carpus. After many bandage changes and follow up appointments, her leg seemed to be doing great. But during a follow up x-ray it was noticed that some of the screws in her plate were coming loose from stress on it. So we had to schedule a third surgery to fix the screws and add another plate for more support. She was a complete angel through this process and her cast didn't slow her down at all. Finally in February the cast came off and her leg was as good as new!

After fostering her for several months and seeing what an amazing dog she is, I adopted her last March. Since then she has been doing great with her leg and I feel lucky to have her in my life. If I had to create the perfect dog for me, it would be her. She is always calm and happy and I swear she understands every word I say. She gets along great with other animals and loves sitting out in the pasture with the goats and chickens. She follows me around outside while I'm doing chores and likes taking naps in the sun. She seems to be enjoying living at my house and she even has her own pet cat named Hodges!

A few weeks ago Florence started acting funny and had bloody discharge from her nose and some swelling on her snout. I took her in to see a specialist at Capital Area Veterinary Specialists and got bad news. She has a tumor in her nasal cavity. I was hoping she had something easy to treat but this was devastating. The doctors immediate plan was to run several diagnostic tests, x-rays, bloodwork, etc. to get more information and develop a treatment plan.

The estimate I was given that day was around $2,000 just for diagnostics. This was way beyond my financial means and very overwhelming. After talking with her vet and prioritizing what needed to be done first we were able to have a few tests run that day. We had a consultation with the oncologist. Then Florence was sedated and the vet took a biopsy of the tumor to send out for histopathology. They also did x-rays - three views of her chest to check to see if it had spread to her lungs. Luckily the x-rays looked clear and there was no obvious signs of metastasis.

This visit exhausted all funds I had in my bank account. I brought Florence back home and she was started on pain and anti-inflammatory medication. We would have to wait about a week for the histopath results. During this time I started this fundraiser. The first goal was to raise enough money for a CT Scan which would show much important information like how big the tumor is, where it is, what it is attached to, how much damage it has done to her nasal cavity, and if it has invaded into another part of her body. This test alone would cost over $1,000!

We got the results of the histopath back last Wednesday. Florence has a soft tissue sarcoma. I spoke with her vet on the phone and she scheduled us for a consult with the radiation oncologist so they can work together to develop a treatment plan.

Thanks to the money raised on this website, Animal Trustees of Austin, and a generous donation from a private donor we were able to take a lot of steps forward this week. First, thanks to Animal Trustees we got Florence's bloodwork run - a general health profile and a CBC. Then we had a consultation with the radiation oncologist at CAVS on Friday. Her doctors recommend the next step in her treatment be radiation therapy.

During this visit we were able to have a CT Scan done on Florence, which is the next step towards starting radiation therapy. This was a very involved procedure that included Florence going under general anesthesia, and costs for sedation, maintaining anesthesia, catheter placement, and fluid therapy. This showed that the tumor has done some damage to the structures in her nasal cavity but luckily has not yet reached into her eyes or brain. She needs to start treatment immediately to prevent further damage.

The images obtained from the CT Scan are used for the radiation planning, which is a very detailed process of determining how to conduct her radiation therapy. We were also able to have the radiation positioning mold made while Florence was under anesthesia. The mold is used during the radiation therapy to ensure that she is in the same exact position every time for accurate treatment. And last we were just barely able to afford sending her information to a specialist who will plan her course of treatment. This information should be available by the middle of next week.

Florence's condition is very serious and she needs to start radiation therapy next week. The treatment plan will be a four week course that has to be done in a row. It is estimated around $7,000. She needs to start immediately but I cannot commit to starting until we raise most of the funds.

Florence is one of the best dogs I have ever met and I love her with all my heart. I cannot imagine living without Florence and I don't want to lose her just because I can't afford treatment. We really need help raising money for her medical bills. Florence is a fighter and I know she can make it through this. I am determined not to let her down!

This is a very hard time for us. It is very scary and has been emotionally and physically exhausting. I feel powerless since I don't have the money to pay for her treatment. I am extremely worried about Florence and don't want to think about what is going to happen if we can't raise the money for her treatment. I sleep in the floor with her every night to make sure she's ok, and work full time during the day to make ends meet. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has had to go through this.

A huge thank you to everyone who has already donated to Florence's medical fund. I am brought to tears everyday by the generousity and support from you all. People keep saying that Florence is lucky to have me, but really it is me who has been lucky enough to have her in my life.

100% of money raised will go directly to her treatment. You can donate on this website, directly to her vet's office: Capital Area Veterinary Specialists (512) 388- 0944 (Owner Erin Dryden), or through PayPal to email address: If you can, please help by donating to her medical fund. Thank you. - Erin (Flo's mom)


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UPDATE: Florence just received a $1,200 grant from The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund!!!!! We are very close to reaching our goal. I'm hoping Florence can start treatment no later than November 25th. Please help spread the word so we can make this happen. Thank you!!!





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