This poor guy cannot breathe! Wakes up choking, unable to catch his breath.
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About the Campaign

Lulu cannot breathe!

He’s only about 3 years-old, and he is suffering. Without necessary surgery, he probably will die young, poor fella!Β 

Lulu has a “soft-palate”, and Stenotic Nares, a birth defect in the nose that blocks breathing through the nose. You can read more about Nares HERE. These conditions also give him sleep apnea, a condition the same for people as it is for dogs: a sudden stop of breathing while sleeping, resulting in a jolt to wakefulness. And just like in people, it causes sleep deprivation, health issues, and can be deadly.

Now Lulu is a special pup. Two years ago his owner Sarah was out walking on Shelter Island in San Diego, when Lulu literally popped out of bush by the sidewalk and ran up to her! At the time her husband was going through a difficult cancer treatment, and she had been thinking about getting him a dog as a companion…. and here was Lulu! Now of course, she first assumed he must belong to someone. Lulu is a Frenchie and very cute, so she took him to a friend’s place and they started looking for owners. He was overweight, which seemed to indicate he was being fed, but he had no microchip, no signs of ownership, and he also had a bad ear infection and some other problems from neglect.

Lulu and Sarah

They also noticed that he snorted, a lot. But he was a happy little guy, and right from when he popped out of the bush he seemed really attached to Sarah. Well, they spent 60 days looking for owners, and in the end none were found. So, Lulu moved in and became part of the family. Sarah’s husband beat cancer back, and started to recover, things were looking up….. except that Lulu’s breathing issue seemed to get worse.

Lulu and Sarah’s husband John

He would wake up suddenly and gasp for air, and seem unable to catch his breath. You can see an example in the video above. Visits to the vet, and then a specialist, determined Lulu’s problems. But the surgery is expensive. Sarah has been following the doctor’s advice, making a propped up bed for Lulu, so he sleeps with his head up, not flat. And she watches over him sleeping, when she can. However, these are just stop-gap measures. And worse, Lulu’s condition seems to be deteriorating.

Sarah and her husband have done a lot for Lulu. They got his weight down from 30 to 20 pounds, for example, which does help with his condition. But the doctor is pretty clear: Lulu needs this surgery soon.

Sarah’s husband is a retired Navy Master Chief, and served in the Navy SEALS. She works part-time. But they just don’t have the money for the surgery Lulu needs. They live on a pretty fixed income, on a small boat in the harbor of Shelter Island, and they really need help getting Lulu the surgery he desperately needs. All donations are only for Lulu, and only paid to the vet when the surgery is done. Can you help Lulu get the life saving surgery he needs today?

Vet estimate, click to enlarge:

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  • Carol Kalinoski

    Hoping and praying that Lulu’s medical situation improves and that he recovers totally! Hugs to all!

    April 5, 2022 at 11:33 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you Carol for your wonderful donation. We are so great full for people like you!

      April 7, 2022 at 9:54 am Reply

  • Bernita Pies


    April 5, 2022 at 1:23 pm Reply

  • Michelle Ferrier

    Love you & praying for Lulu for a successful surgery & speedy recovery β€οΈβ€πŸ©Ή

    April 5, 2022 at 8:53 pm Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Love you too!! Thank you so much for the wonderful donation! πŸ•‰

      April 7, 2022 at 9:57 am Reply

  • Deborah Frantz

    Love you guys!

    April 6, 2022 at 8:33 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman


      With so much love and gratitude πŸ™πŸ»
      Thank you!

      April 7, 2022 at 9:59 am Reply

  • Dana Haveson

    Breathe easy lulu!!

    April 7, 2022 at 10:17 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      With so much gratitude and love!

      April 10, 2022 at 11:46 am Reply

  • Dina Silva

    I hope Lulu gets the help she needs, beautiful baby

    April 7, 2022 at 10:27 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you Dina!! ❀️

      April 10, 2022 at 11:47 am Reply

  • Julianne Stueben

    In honor of my dog Lacey aka Lulu ❀️ She’s one special bear as is Lulu here

    April 7, 2022 at 8:24 pm Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman


      We call Him Lulu bear! One of his many nicknames
      Thank you!!

      April 10, 2022 at 11:45 am Reply

  • Virginia Grandy

    Stay strong sweet pup, and I pray you’re able to have the lifesaving surgery you desperately need. God bless youβ€οΈπŸ™πŸ½

    April 7, 2022 at 11:06 pm Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you πŸ™πŸ» for your wonderful donation. Lulu is going to be ok!!

      April 10, 2022 at 11:48 am Reply

  • Dave Northrup

    Get well soon.

    April 9, 2022 at 8:01 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you so much!!

      April 10, 2022 at 11:49 am Reply

  • Barbie Hoffman

    Healing Wishes for
    precious Lulu with Love πŸ’•πŸ•πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŒ΄

    April 9, 2022 at 4:35 pm Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you Barbie!! Hugs from Lulu!

      April 10, 2022 at 11:47 am Reply

  • Kristine Hoffman

    For Lulu from Abby who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 10.

    April 11, 2022 at 6:37 am Reply

    • Sarah Hoffman

      Thank you πŸ™πŸ»

      April 14, 2022 at 12:07 pm Reply