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I can't thank you enough.

Over 300.00 came in in donations today. Ms. Robot, Ms. T., Ruric. My God.

People spread the word, and donations have come in from 27 states, and 3 countries.

I can't explain what this means to me. To River. To keep her as a working dog, I needed nearly a thousand dollars when all was said and done.

And the world, literally, responded. Dozens of donations came in, in dribs ans drabs, in single digits, double digits and even 100.00 from Ms. T in ADDITION to an earlier donation.

I now have all the money to cover the 3-5 extra visits and check ups, the medication, and even some left over "in case" anything else happens.

I swear on all I hold holy to pay this back somehow. Many who donated said to just pay it forward, and I swear I will. I will donate time, since I don't have money.

Once I recover from today's back surgery, I will add hours o my schedule at the local ASPCA and work with their harder to place dogs. I will offer to give half price group lessons to the new owners, hold them at the facility, and donate all income to the shelter. I will donate my grooming experience to make the dogs clean and looking good.

I will do all I can and more to pay this back, then pay it forward. Every day I will endeavor to do some kind of good or charitable deed.

I'm crying too hard to type properly so thank God for spell-check.

Thank you. Thank all of you, thank God for the people I have never met, but love through the words we share regularly, the laughs, the virtual shoulder to cry on, the virtual hugs, the love, and the laughter.

I can't pick any of you out of a crowd (except the few I've met) and yet you were still so generous, so giving, so encouraging.

Thank you, from all that I am, from my heart and soul. Thank you. I will offer up prayers in your name, light a candle. I will never forget this tremendous, worldwide effort to help us.

And each morning, when I wake, I will give thanks for all of you, for having River, and the generosity of people I don't even KNOW donating money to keep her by my side, healthy, hale and sound so she can keep working.

Please know you have all changed my life, made me less cynical, more trusting, more hopeful. I had lost my faith in humanity after being tortured by my peers as a child. All of you, no matter the size of the donation, restored it. I went into surgery smiling today. (And that was before the drugs, thank you.)

Surgery went well. I've got the anesthesia hangover. And more money than I need to keep River safe and healing properly.

Thank you. Thank you, thank you. If River could talk instead of snore at the moment (her nightly painkiller knocks her out) she'd be thanking you herself.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I sincerely, honestly and humbly thank each and every one of you for whatever you did to help. From spreading the word to donating, from sending me a note of hope to the long letters of shared experiences.

You all have changed my life, made me a better, more hopeful person. And you've given River a chance to keep working. which she loves. When you bring out her vest, her tail starts to wag ridiculously fast and she wriggles and wiggles. It's a beautiful sight.

And because of all of you, it's a sight I'll keep seeing every day for a long, long time.

Thank you.

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Date: 2012-09-14 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amethyst-hunter.livejournal.com
Wonderful news! :D

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Date: 2012-09-14 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onlyonechoice.livejournal.com
*many gentle hugs for you and River* So glad to hear that you got all you needed and more. It's so heartbreaking when a pet is suffering and you just don't have the money to give them the care they need and deserve. I couldn't let that happen when I had the money to help.

I'm glad you and River are both on the mend :)

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Date: 2012-09-14 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dungeonwriter.livejournal.com
Hugs, can't wait to hug you in person. Been practicing!

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Date: 2012-09-14 08:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruric.livejournal.com
Awesome news!

I'm so happy you have it all covered.

And if I didn't say it before just add me to the "pay it forward crowd" *G*

Do you mind if I tell [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge to link back here? I know not everyone came from his Radio Free Monday but it's great to be able to report back successes since it makes us all aware that while we can't do much single handed, we can achieve miracles collectively!

Brilliant also to hear your surgery went well - please take good care of yourself.
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Date: 2012-09-15 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruric.livejournal.com
That's just such amazing news - 43 donors \o/

Really does confirm the maxim of every little helps (and can make a real difference)!

(I hadn't realized Paypal takes quite such a chunk though. Wow. There ought to be ways to minimise that.)

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Date: 2012-09-17 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
There is, but it's harder than just pressing a button.

1. Go to the Send Money page.
2. Type in email address you're sending to.
3. Choose "Gift" under Reason for Sending.
4, Paypal Waives all fees.

I very may well have exceeded my PayPal amount through the year, which also pushes up the % taken.

Either way, they made it possible for me to pay for the surgery immediately, and the medications as needed, not as"can afford."

There are no words to express how much I love everyone who helped, especially those that never met me.

Happy News!

Date: 2012-09-14 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
User [livejournal.com profile] ruric referenced to your post from Happy News! (http://ruric.livejournal.com/544955.html) saying: [...] d and they are both medicated and, fingers crossed, on the mend! You can read Karma's post here [...]

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Date: 2012-09-14 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhade-rad.livejournal.com
That you are both alive and recovering successfully is a reward in itself. Glad to hear that. Please take time - it always takes longer to get fit again than you think.


Date: 2012-09-14 01:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplefenix.livejournal.com
Happy to hear everything went well. Too bad we don't hear more about the generosity of the human race, and only the negativity.

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Date: 2012-09-14 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angst-queen-98.livejournal.com
I can't tell you how HAPPY this post made me. I myself am recovering today from cataract surgery yesterday, and my puggle is being boarded with the local doggie daycare owner because she's a bit too rambunctious at times. I miss her so it does my heart well to know your River can continue at her place by your side. I wish a swift and uncomplicated recovery for you both!


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Date: 2012-09-14 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everlastinggoo.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're both recovering!

I only get on here about once a week now, so I missed the orginial post. BUT, I donated now anyway, in case things continue to come up. (I hope they don't. If they don't, buy River some great new toys) And of course, just pay it forward.

Take care of you! And that adorable dog. :)

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Date: 2012-09-14 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulleteyes.livejournal.com
What a wonderful post! Mend well, girls and go forth smiling.

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Date: 2012-09-15 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vae
*hugs* take care of you both and heal well.