Please help “Marley Dog” in her Fight with T Cell Lymphoma by Jamie Meador

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was contacted by Jamie on Facebook asking if there was any way at all that I could help spread the word about her precious Boxer, “Marley.” I didn’t hesitate. Boxers are close to my heart, we had one when I was a little girl. She joined our family before I was born and sadly she passed at the young age of 7. She was incredible as I am sure Marley is. If you can donate that is great, if not, sharing is also fantastic. I just deeply want to help Jamie get the word out about her beloved Marley. Thank you.

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Meador

Where should I begin to tell the story of our precious Marley Dog?

I know everyone says that their dog is the best dog ever, so I am not going to start with that, however I have had other pets in my lifetime and I have never had one that has touched me in the way she has. In my 37 years, I have never fought so hard for anything as I have been for her life since she got diagnosed with T cell lymphoma. I will never forget that day, but first let me back up for you to learn a little about Marley. We got her 9 years ago when she was 8 weeks old. I picked her because she was different and I didn’t want her to be left out. She is a pure-bred boxer and the runt of the litter.

Marley and I have a special bond, we are super close, she has always been a Momma’s girl. Marley is my “Soul Dog.” She has always watched movies with me, ate with me, went on car rides and field trips, followed me into every room of the house and of course sleeps with me with her head on a pillow and her body under the blanket. Every time I am going somewhere all she needs to do is give me that look and then she gets to go.

I’m going to fast-forward to March 2017. I will never forget the weekend of the 18th we noticed while lying in the bed with Marley that her lymph nodes were swollen and of course I start googling everything I could find on it and like most got scared of what I was reading. I took her into her local Veterinarian on March 20, 2017 and I had a bad gut feeling that something was wrong and they did a fine needle aspiration and came back in the room and told me it appears to be canine lymphoma and from there I broke down crying thinking, “why her?” and all the how’s and whys played over and over in my head.
You see I don’t handle death very well. I guess no one does but I really do not handle it well at all. I have experienced a lot of loss in my life and Marley has been my rock and my constant. She went through multiple moves with me, divorce and death. My granny passed away October 2016 and then my friend in December 2016 and now this, I asked God why.

 

Marley’s vet referred us to an Oncologist at Virginia tech in Blacksburg, VA. We went there on Wednesday March 22, 2017 it was me, my mom and my son with Marley.We were there all day and all of us had a few emotional breakdowns as it was confirmed that Marley had T cell lymphoma. We had several options and protocols thrown at us and it was very overwhelming and devastating. I was not aware of these things or I guess oblivious to the costs and how common this is.


I thought my dog would live an extremely long and healthy life.

I was heartbroken and I still am.

I didn’t have pet insurance as I never thought I would need it.

I knew  I had to do something,  I had to do treatment so I could say in the end I did all that I could to save Marley.

The big question is how would I afford it? I  immediately  began selling personal possessions,  I applied for loans and credit cards.

I knew I had to do something quickly.

I had heard of go fund me  but never had the need to use it until now.

I knew I had to swallow my pride and figured it was worth  a try.

I wanted to share her story all over the world.

I wanted people to be aware that yes, this can happen to you, and I wanted people to know the
importance of having pet insurance and how expensive this is to endure.


We have a long journey to go.

I want Marley’s life to be remembered for how strong she is, for how much
love she has given to those who have met her, for her happiness and for the great impact that she has
had on my life.

I can honestly say that if she weren’t with me through so many changes in my life and
obstacles that I don’t think I would have made it through loss, grief and through illnesses. Marley helped
my son with his anxiety and so much more.

I would give her an organ if I could. If love alone could save her
then I know she would live forever.

One day I know I will have to say goodbye to not just a pet but a soul
who has greatly impacted my life,  and I can never repay her for all that she has given to me however
maybe I can help others.

If you are reading this please I encourage you to purchase pet insurance if you do
not have it. I always paid as I went to the vet for wellness checks, immunizations etc. I didn’t think it could
happen to us, but it did.

If you take anything away from this story please spread awareness and always love
and hug your furbabies close, as you do not know when your last day with them will be.

Marley has inspired me and I hope she will inspire  you too. Please like Marley’s facebook page to follow her journey and to watch for her upcoming fundraising auction date.

She also has Instagram and is under marleysjourney17 We are  taking donations for her via Paypal at Jwow1980@icloud.com and her go fund me is link is below.

 

GO FUND ME

Thank you so much for reading and for caring.

Comments

  1. Emma says:

    So sad. I will share. Pet insurance is not cheap, but when you have an emergency like this, it is well worth every penny!
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  2. Sandee says:

    What a lovely post and the Go Fund Me account is doing very well.

    Marley will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Have a woof woof day, Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  3. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Miss Jamie and Marley♥
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  4. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. We well understand the heartache and fears that go with having your pet diagnosed with a serious health issue.

  5. I hope this sweet pup gets the help she needs and even healing. That would be so pawsome.
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  6. How we wish they could all live happy healthy lives. sending pug prayers for Marley
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
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  7. Thank you for letting us know about this wonderful dog

  8. My heart and prayers are with Jamie and Marley. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Carol and Dakota.
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  9. Thanks for sharing – Marley sounds like a great dog.
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  10. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Hope Marley will get better soon.

  11. We will share and help with green papers if we can.

    Mommy said to tell your Mommy that she understands about packages and the mail and not to worry. It will be a happy surprise whenever it arrives.
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  12. We pray there is treatment ahead for this sweet looking dog. I too found out the hard way about having pet insurance. Right after rescuing Elsa, she started having seizures and was diagnosed with idiopathy epilepsy…aka, a pre-existing condition according to the insurance company. Seems like that concept is in the news far too much these days.
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  13. Sharing to help Marley! I hope everything goes well with her treatment and fundraising. Prayers!
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  14. Dawn King says:

    Thank you for sharing her story. Will keep them both in my prayers.

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