Cocoa’s Estate Sale a big success!

Helping Dachshund Cocoa

Just wanted to let you know that we had a very successful sale this past saturday.

We raised a good deal of money towards our goal for Dachshund Cocoa’s surgery. I am so grateful to everyone who donated items, cash and their time to help out.

Cocoa had a good time greeting all the shoppers.

She gave lots of kisses and licks and even got a few offers for a forever home.

She was so tired after all the attention she received, she slept all afternoon and evening and then straight through the night after a quick walk in the park.

Wednesday, August 31st, is the big day for Cocoa.

 She will have the tumor removed and sent off to the lab for testing. Let’s all keep fingers crossed that the results are negative and the tumor is benign.

We are still fundraising in anticipation of Cocoa’s continued veterinary costs.

 So if you would like to help Dachshund Cocoa’s fight against cancer, give today. Just click on the donate button above.



Update on Cocoa’s thyroid tumor surgery

Well, we have been busy the last few weeks fundraising for Cocoa. She comes with me on errands and everyone thinks she’s so adorable. Cocoa just melts people’s heart. We still have a long way to go. I still need several hundred dollars for the surgery and follow up care.  This of course does not include the costs for radiation if she needs it. Let’s just all hope the tumor is benign.

We are still planning a  garage sale to benefit Cocoa. Hopefully it will be next weekend. There has been serious construction on my street so I have been waiting. With no end in sight, I plan to just go ahead and hope people can find the house despite the detours.

My hopes are to get the surgery in a couple weeks. Cocoa has been having some tummy trouble for a few weeks which doesn’t bode well. Hopefully it won’t affect her being able to go through with the removal of the thyroid tumor.

I want to again thank everyone who has donated money and those who have volunteerd their time and effort to help with Cocoa.  I will keep you all up to date with this blog.


Generous donations from strangers

Cocoa was in a great mood all day especially after several special people made donations to her fund. A special thanks goes out to Gerald of  Treasure Island Florida…and the lady at  St. Pete Beach Veterinary Clinic;  two complete strangers who gave generously to  Dachshund Cocoa’s cancer fund.

Today, Dachshund Cocoa went to another vet for a second opinion. Pretty much the same; the tumor has to come out and there is no way to know if it is malignant cancer until a biopsy is sent off to the lab. 

Cocoa got lots of extra loving today from everyone First Bank, Buttons, Bangles, & Beads, Beach Hair Affair, Publix and Pinch-a-Penny Pool Supply.  Thanks to everyone for your concern. Please pass on Cocoa’s link to everyone you know.

Soon it will be time to have a garage sale to raise more funds…we have a long way to go as I have said before, but every little bit helps. So please donate today. If you have already donated please share this site on Facebook or Twitter. You can sign in below and share with all your friends; please post it on your wall. If you want to comment you can also sign in as a guest, your email will not show up on this site once you sign in. Thanks.


Waiting for angels

It’s just another hot humid day in Florida. Dachshund Cocoa is enjoying her naptime on the cool tile floor. We had a good day of fundraising yesterday after a dry spell.

Almost $200 came in to paypal. Of course they take 3% to 6% depending on the size of the donation but it all adds up. Everytime I get an email saying there is a donation waiting however small (or large! )I do my happy dance and all the weiners get so excited; so of course they have to get treats.

We want to thank the 15 people who have begun the ball rolling on this site. Special thanks to those of you are posting to Facebook and Tweeting for Cocoa. We really need a snowball effect to beat this thyroid cancer. So keep up the good work.

If you can’t give, please spread the word…95% of the donations have come from complete strangers, so you just never know whose heart you will touch. Please send out Cocoa’s link with a few kind words to your contacts and let them how each dollar helps. We have a long way to go.

Peace and Love
Kisses and Licks from Cocoa

Getting a Dachshund to pee in a cup

Yesterday Cocoa went to Northwest Veterinary Clinic to get her senior profile taken. This is a comprehensive blood test that is recommended for dogs over ten. Cocoa needed it to make sure her liver is okay for the surgery to remove her thyroid tumor. The liver metabolizes the anesthesia. We’ll get the results in a couple of days.

The vet also needed a urine sample. Do you know hard it is too get a miniature dachshund to pee in a cup? Well, actually it was a tiny tray. When the vet tech handed it to me I said “you’re kidding right?”

So we left with our bag of goodies and then Cocoa decided to go pee right there in the parking lot, before I could get the tray out the bag and squat down to catch it. Perfect.

Off we went to the dog park where there is always a big shiny bowl of water. And ten minutes later…success! This time I was ready, tray in hand, squating every time Cocoa paused to sniff. Good thing I do yoga.

Next, I had to suction up the “sample” with a tiny hypdermic, sans needle, and transfer it to a bottle. Then it was back in the car with Cocoa to the vet again. After all that I wanted my $155 dollars back for the test. Really? Isn’t there an easier way?

If you got a laugh out of this post, please give today…we desperately need to raise another $1300 for the surgery to remove her tumor.

Dachshund Cocoa Needs Bloodwork

I’m spending the day phoning local vets in hopes of finding one that will give me a decent discount on Cocoa’s recommonded bloodwork…a senior profile.

Tomorrow I will hopefully take her to get the test. We need to establish that she is healthy enough for the surgery. And of course I need to raise the money for the surgery first.

Please click on the donate button today and help save Cocoa’s life.

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Dachshund Cocoa Vists The Oncologists

Dachshund Cocoa Visits the Oncologists

Cocoa had her first visit with the specialists at Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners (formerly Florida Veterinary Specialists). She was was examined and found in good general health apart from the obvious tumor on her throat. Her exrays were examined and they believe there are no other tumors present. However they urged me to get the surgery as soon as possible so that the tumor, which they believe to be malignant, does not spread.

Cocoa has to have some bloodwork done next before they can do the surgery. I need about $120 for that and then$1300 for the surgery. Wow! If you can help, even $5.00 will make a difference in saving Cocoa. And remember she will need a forever home when this horrible ordeal is over. 

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