Dachshund Cocoa Thanks All At Circus McGurkis

Fundraising for Dachshund Cocoa At Circus McGurkis

I want to say a big thank you to all the kind people at Circus McGurkis who gave money towards Dachshund Cocoa’s Chemo Therapy. On a cold and rainy Florida day we still raised a staggering $260.00! With the money we raised earlier this month at the Tampa Bay Veg Fest there is now just enough money in the piggy bank for her next round of Chemo.

Dachshund Cocoa enjoyed walking around at Circus McGurkis. This fun fair who’s focus is on peace was as busy and bustling as ever. People dressed up in various Halloween costumes but none looked as cool as Dachshund Cocoa. Circus McGurkis is held every year in October at Lake Vista Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Circus McGurkis is an Expression of Quaker belief in the dignity and worth of each person and in the power of love and nonviolence to bring about change.” (Quote from their website).

Dachshund Cocoa at Circus McGurkis Holloween

Dachshund Cocoa wore her best Halloween outfit and was a trouper and a star. She melted the hearts of those that met her, smothering all that were willing with lots of hugs and kisses.

Dachshund Cocoa had lots of fun – she stole my turkey burger at lunch. She especially loved the all-natural peanut butter ghostly treats she was given by a vendor. When we got home she soon feel into a deep sleep on the couch after such an exciting day.

Without the kind help of giving and caring people Dachshund Cocoa would not have this chance to beat cancer nor a chance of a being adopted and a happy long life. So, again thank you to those that have already given from their hearts. If you love Dachshunds and can spare even a dollar please donate using the PayPal button found at the top right of this site – thank you!


Thyroid Tumor Malignant Cancer

Cocoa and her foster family have a rough couple of weeks. Thanks to all her followers for checking in. We found out that her tumor was in fact a malignant thyroid tumor. We were hoping for a benign result.

Cocoa and her foster family have a rough couple of weeks. Thanks to all her followers for checking in. We found out that her tumor was in fact a malignant thyroid tumor. We were hoping for a benign result.\

About ten days after surgery Cocoa started on a drug called Peroxicam which is actually a strong anti inflamitory. This drug is sometimes used for bladder cancer and other cancers. Vets don’t know why it works for some and not others as a form of chemotherapy. It only costs about $45 per month so that is what Cocoa is taking for now while we fundraise for the REAL Chemo drug.

The ideal recommended Chemo drug for her would be a series of shots of a drug called Carboplatin. Cocoa will need to see the Oncologist and get bloodwork done first before her first shot can be given. With only a couple hundred dollars left in her piggy bank we have an uphill battle here for the next step of the treatment. The shots are about $500 each plus testing inbetween. I don’t have all the details yet.

In addition to her cancer, Cocoa also got a cut or punture would on her leg that got infected. I suspect she cut herself on a rose thorn while chasing mice in the back yard. She just loves to hunt. Cocoa had to have a few staples put in and more antibiotics. Poor girl. She’s fine except for the silly collar she has to wear so she won’t lick the wound. $127 out of the piggybank.

If you can find it in your hearts to help out with the medication costs, Cocoa would be very greatful. Paypal is a safe and secure way to donate. Please click on DONATE now and SAVE COCOA.


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

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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