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Please Join Together to Help Raise Funds so that My Best Friend and Companion, Bart can Have "Life-Saving Surgery"

In 2003, while driving through to drop off mail at the West Covina post office in California, I noticed a small black & white animal sleeping under the box. Thinking it was a skunk, I quickly rolled up my car window. After a closer look, I realized it was a very small puppy. The puppy then woke up after hearing my voice and just sat there & stared at me for the longest time. I picked her up, swollen tummy full of worms, wet kisses and everything, and plucked her down in my lap. She started to bark that “puppy” bark as if to tell me, “no wait, we can’t go yet, my brothers & sisters are somewhere here.” Of course, I don’t know if that’s really what she was trying to tell me, but I thought where there’s one abandoned pup, there’s got to be more. So me & pup drove around the parking lot, looking for signs of canine life. Sure enough, there was a large cardboard box sitting next to a trash bin with whimpers and squeals coming from it. There were 6 other pups in the box, all Bart’s sibligs. I took the box full of pups and Bart to my then vet’s office. She cared for them and eventually found all of them good homes. I took Bart home with me. I knew she was special, even at such a young age. She was the only one who got out of this incredibly tall cardboard box, how, I still don’t know to this day.

Bart is a beautiful, kind, 9 year old female American Pitbull Terrier who came to me but not for the grace of God. I believe she was and still is, a Godsend & a miracle in her own right. She is a kind loving soul who has touched many many lives, but especially mine. At first, she was my student, eager to please, learn, andtaking everything in; then it changed & she became my teacher. She taught me patience and how to love again, at a time in my life when I wasn't sure I could ever love anyone or anything ever again. Bart taught me that anything was possible. She opened up my heart to all possibilities,and because of her, it’s been open ever since. She's been with me through several life altering issues including domestic violence & breast cancer & has always stayed firmly by my side.

Bart now needs me and I want to do everything humanly possible to give back to her, even a small portion of what she’s given to me. She is my best and only true loyal friend. I’m sure that some of you who are reading this will think that I’m either crazy or obsessed to love this dog so very much. However, some of you who feel the same way about your beloved four-legged friends, will also understand deep inside your hearts the meaning of what I’m saying here.

Bart is ill and was diagnosed with a nodule on her spleen. Vet’s recommendation was to perform a splenectomy to remove the spleen and the nodule, as well as a liver biopsy. Bart is otherwise healthy. She is active, eats very well, and plays. I am on social security disability for my own health issues and recently depleted my emergency savings account for Bart’s ultrasound and chest x-rays. Also, time is of the essence in that this nodule, whether cancer or not, if left unremoved, can rupture at any time with no warning. If this were to happen, Bart would start to bleed internally and die within minutes.

I believe that dogs are the windows to our souls and that they can feel our moods, whether happy, sad, sick, or worried. I've never gone on a donation website before and I have to admit, it feels a bit strange. But, I remind myself that I’m doing this for Bart and it feels right….I’m doing it for the love of an innocent animal. Dogs are not disposable or replaceable. I am going to contribute financially to her surgery but do not have anywhere near the full amount of $1,500 to $2,500 and am counting on your help and the help of my family and friends to see Bart through this “hiccup” in the road.

I will continue to post updates as to Bart’s condition on this website.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sincerely, Joy Hatfield
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