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Chip-In for Lilly – Canine Heroine of Champion of My Heart

Lilly (canine heroine of Champion of My Heart) suffered an adverse vaccine reaction, resulting in meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain lining, brain, brain stem, and spinal cord).

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Thank goodness Lilly survived the initial emergency, but her veterinary care — including requiring numerous medications during recovery and perhaps for the rest of her life — is ongoing.

Saving Lilly was no simple task. It was quite expensive.

We do have pet insurance, and we have submitted all of Lilly’s invoices to date (totaling more than $7,600 as of February 18, 2012, and including the initial ER visit, a week in the hospital with a veterinary neurology specialist, another ER run when her nose would NOT stop bleeding, and the many medications Lilly needs for her continued treatment and recovery).

We have another recheck appointment Thursday (Feb 23). The last one was over $500, so we could easily top $8,000 by the weekend. *sigh*

We still have not heard from our pet insurance company, and while our family veterinarian has filed an official “adverse event” report, she said not to expect anything form the vaccine company.

Fans and friends in real life and across social media have asked about how they can help:

  • Some are sending us critical medications for free.
  • Some are sending us mobility aids to help Lilly get around until her brain heals enough to control her body better.
  • Many have asked about an option to chip-in toward Lilly’s veterinary bills.

So, we created this chip-in … even though we are NOT good at asking for help.

If for some reason you cannot see or use this widget, you can also access the chip-in from this Champion of My Heart Chip-In Page.

We tried putting the widget in our sidebar too, but it did not work in that location. Sorry. Too tired to figure it out.

There also seems to be a weird new error message when people click the ChipIn button on this widget or the one on the direct page. Some browsers tell you the security certificate has expired. We’re pretty sure it’s a ChipIn issue, and not something with our site.

BUT, if you feel better about avoiding ChipIn and just doing it directly, we use the following email address for paypal —

Or, if you want to mail something, just let me know …, and I’ll email you our address privately.

Thanks so much!

Sometimes the chip-in widget looks weird to me (showing $0), even though I see emails coming in announcing chip-ins. I hope it looks right to the rest of you.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Susan - February 18, 2012


Alisa Bowman - February 13, 2012

So happy to see how many people are chipping in! Hope she’s doing better!

Sheryl - February 11, 2012

Glad to help ease this burden for you. I know firsthand how expensive it is to save a dog’s life…we’ve done it with my present dog, Chloe, on several occasions. Love knows no bounds with my doggie…Here’s hoping Lilly regains her strength with each passing day.

MyKidsEatSquid - February 10, 2012

What an awful situation for your family. I know how doggie medical bills can add up fast–even with insurance.

Kim - February 10, 2012

I certainly hope that the drug company that makes the rabies vaccine will pay for Lilly’s medical expenses. They have done far more for pet patients that went through far less than what Lilly is going through…so I hope they step up to the plate this time as well.

We all need help sometimes and it’s certainly good in my book to ask for it when we truely need it…you are among friends 🙂

Leslie - February 10, 2012

Would it be okay if I linked to your chip-in from our blog? (I’ve had a link up for the Houston Pittie Pack since the December fire but that Chip-In is ending and I’d be happy to use the same space to guide folks to yours.) If so, is there a picture of Lilly you’d like me to use?

Please try not to worry about asking for help – we all need it sometimes and many of us are happy to feel like there’s finally something we can do to help.

    Roxanne Hawn - February 10, 2012

    Leslie ~ I replied via email as well, but yes … we would be so proud to have your help sharing the chipin. Let me know if you need help pulling the code, if you want to post the widget itself.

Janice in GA - February 10, 2012

I can’t afford much, but I can put in a little. Something like this would be a NIGHTMARE of expense for us.

Very best wishes!

Mary-Alice - February 10, 2012

Done, dear lady. We’re all shy about asking for things, but people really do want to help — and when they’re far away, what else can they offer? Walter and I are thinking of you all.

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