Breckenridge: Dog owner rolls dough to raise cash
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BRECKENRIDGE ” Limping gingerly so as to not put any pressure on his back legs, Shadow, a black lab and pit-bull mix, looks like he is suffering from an injury or old age.
But, at just a little over one year old, Shadow suffers from a genetic abnormality that has caused him to have poor hips and joint fusions in his two hind legs.
“I kept thinking that he was just walking goofy, or that it was something in his mix,” owner Emily Thompson said. “In December, it got so bad that he couldn’t get up, and I took him to the vet to find out it was worse than I thought.”
Numerous X-rays later, the veterinarian concluded that Shadow would need surgery as soon as possible to prevent debilitating lameness.
A dog-lover all her life, Thompson immediately fell in love with Shadow when she found him at a shelter in Hawaii, but the dog’s medical prognosis left her shaken and unsure of her next step.
“The first thing I thought was: ‘How am I ever going to be able to pay for this?'” Thompson said. “Then I realized: I love him. I will find a way.”
The surgery costs $4,500 for both legs, and Thompson, knowing she couldn’t raise the money without help, turned to her fellow employees at Clint’s Bakery in Breckenridge for advice.
“We put up a collection can in the bakery, and the response was great,” Thompson said. “Then Laura, the owner, suggested making and selling dog treats, and she even offered to donate all the ingredients.”
With help from family and friends, the crew at Clint’s Bakery quickly went to work during the bakery’s off-hours, rolling out peanut butter-flavored dough to produce 70 dozen dog biscuits.
“We thought all the dog owners out there could relate to Emily’s story,” bakery owner Laura Komeshan said. “I know I would do anything for my dog, and this is a community that is always willing to donate and help a good cause.”
Dog biscuits were flying off the shelves when the bakery first started selling them a few weeks ago, prompting Thompson to prepare a second batch that will go on sale today.
“It’s great to hear other people’s stories and get advice on which doctors to see, where to go and what to do,” Thompson said. “People have really been opening up their hearts and their wallets. …That is what I love about small towns.”
The dog biscuits are selling for $5 for a bag of 12 and can also be purchased at The Barnyard and the Elk Mountain Trading Company in Frisco.
Those interested in making donations toward Shadow’s surgery can contact Thompson at (808) 854-4415.
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