About the Campaign
This brown, beautiful, ball of energy is Howie ! Howie loves to spend time with his Mom, Dad, and little feline brother. A few weeks ago, Howie was diagnosed with stage 3 multi-centric lymphoma. It is characterized by an abnormal population of lymphocytes, which are an important part of the immune system. Lymphoma usually arises in lymphoid tissues, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow, but can be found anywhere in the body. This is the case for Howie. Read more about Lymphoma in dogs HERE.
After a beautiful day at the beach, Howie started exhibiting some odd behavior. He was playing with the husky and ran into another pup. The next morning he was limping around; no way he’d be limping after that encounter. Rachel, Howie’s mom, felt his back legs to see what was wrong because the symptoms just didn’t match. That’s when she felt big bumps on his legs. Rachel immediately took Howie to the vet. Once the doctor took a good look and felt around, he saw Howie’s neck was swollen and he was officially diagnosed with multi-centric lymphoma.
There are two main approaches to this kind of cancer. As of right now, Howie is undergoing the Doxorubicin protocol. Doxorubicin is commonly prescribed anti-cancer drug that has shown positive results against lymphoma in cats and dogs. Although more affordable, this protocol does cost Howie’s family a pretty penny. Every visit/session is over $500.00. and there is a total of 5 doses over the course of 3 weeks. Although this anti-cancer medication helps, it only buys Howie maybe 6-8 months. For this amazing pup, that is not enough!
The more expensive but best option is the CHOP protocol, a multi-drug treatment. Majority of canine patients respond well with approximately a 80-95% chance of remission. However, the CHOP protocol can cost around $8,000-9,000 and is a 19 week course. This is just too expensive for Howie’s parents to afford at this time. But, they will not give up on their little buddy. They’ve started a Gofundme campaign in hopes to generate some extra funding. It’s going a little slow so, let’s see if we can give them some assistance.
A few months ago, Rachel and her husband, Jeremiah, were looking for volunteer opportunities and came across a German Shepherd rescue. They spent their hours giving back to animals, helping walk and rehabilitate them. One day, her and Jeremiah came across Howie .After just one walk they knew Howie had to come home with them. He was so active and fun loving and despite his past of abuse and neglect he was incredibly sweet. even before the adoption papers went through, Rachel and Jeremiah readied their home for his arrival. Howie officially found his forever home on Feb. 28th of the this year.
Howie was born in the shelter with Parvo; he was the most sick in his litter but he made it out! He was then adopted in to a family and unfortunately, it wasn’t the best home. Howie was not given the same amount of love as Rachel and Jeremiah give. Howie was beaten and neglected and as a result, it’s possible that Howie began exhibiting signs of aggression. So, Howie was given back to the shelter. Howie has never shown signs of aggression with Rachel. Now, on his way to treatment, when Howie passes the area where he once lived, he gets riddled with anxiety. But not to worry Howie, your in the best of care now.
What you can do?
Howie gets an IV done at the clinic once every 3 weeks and 3 pills a day of penicillin and other meds for nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. He’s not eating as much as he used to and the poor little guy is going through it. BUT we need to give Howie more time. YOU CAN GIVE HOWIE MORE TIME. When it comes to these campaigns, a little goes a long way. With your donation you’ll be directly contributing to Howie’s survival.
Rachel and Jeremiah are doing everything they can to give Howie the happy life he deserves. After going through hell and back this little pup deserves to come out on top! On Nov. 23, Howie goes in or another round of treatment. After that, he’ll need to begin the CHOP. Any funding raised goes directly to the vet and to Howie’s care. While Jeremiah serves our country, let’s see if we can provide a similar service to his family.
Please Help Howie Beat Cancer!