Dexter and Ryker

Dexter is a boy’s best friend, but he has a chronic illness that requires expensive care.

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About the Campaign

This is the story of two best friends,

Dexter and his boy Ryker!

In a way they are both rescues, Dexter was rescued from a puppy-mill at only five weeks old, and Ryker lives with his grandparents who have adopted him. They even arrived at the same time, just about a month apart, and they grew up together!

Ryker as a baby:

And now at age eight:

And they share some difficulties. Ryker’s adoptive father (his grandfather) has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. It’s a scary time for a child who will lose his father, and has to prepare for it. As part of that Ryker goes to therapy, and the therapist has told his parents that Ryker says when he is sad, and feels like crying, he goes to his dog; it helps him to spend time with Dexter.

So when Dexter was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease mom, Marsha, vowed to take care of him, so Dexter can be there for Ryker. Cushings is something dogs can live with, but it requires expensive medications, and more expensive tests. Depending on how it goes Dexter will need quarterly full blood tests and exams… though if he responds well to medications these can be reduced. The estimate for a year of care is between about $2000 and $4000 depending on how much testing and work he needs.

In addition, Dexter has a tumor on his leg that has to be removed, and a small growth on his eye. These aren’t worrisome yet, but they have to be removed and tested.

Dexter the puppy:

So now we come to the problem. Even with insurance coverage, cancer care in the US takes a lot of money from the family. And Dexter’s family is out of money. There is simply no way they can pay for his Cushings care and surgery. There simply is no money.

That is where donations come in! All donations here are for Dexter’s medical care. All donations are paid only to his vet. When you donate here, all it goes to Dexter. You can help him, and his boy Ryker, and know that you donation will be used exactly as you intend. Donations are also tax deductible. Thank you for considering a donation for Dexter and his boy Ryker today 🙂

Doctor’s note, and estimates (click any to enlarge):

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  • Dana Haveson

    Get well Dexter!

    August 5, 2022 at 5:08 pm Reply

    • Marsha

      Thank you so very much for your kindness.

      August 9, 2022 at 6:41 am Reply

  • Dave Northrup

    Get well soon.

    August 12, 2022 at 6:26 pm Reply

    • Marsha

      Thank you for your assistance. We appreciate your kindness.

      August 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Because ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    August 16, 2022 at 7:47 pm Reply

    • Free Animal Doctor

      Great answer!

      August 16, 2022 at 11:32 pm Reply

    • Marsha

      We are blessed that there are people like yourself that are willing to donate to help our boys stay together by keeping Dexter healthy. It means the world to us. Thank you!

      August 17, 2022 at 6:09 pm Reply

  • Felicia Edwards

    Precious boys….

    August 17, 2022 at 9:39 am Reply

    • Marsha Jorgensen

      All our thanks and appreciation for your donation. The boys are so connected to each other that maintaining Dexter’s health is a major importance to us.

      August 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm Reply

  • Laura Anjoorian

    I have two dogs with Cushings and both are living normal lives. You can always try online pharmacies or Chewy for a better price on Vetoryl. Stay strong your Dexter will be fine.

    August 17, 2022 at 10:26 am Reply

    • Marsha Jorgensen

      So grateful for your encouragement and your gift. Sorry to hear that your babies have Cushings too. Thanks to several generous people, Dexter is stable with his medication. It is refreshing to discover the kindness other have extended in our time of need.

      August 17, 2022 at 6:27 pm Reply