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Tammy L.

Sparky Fernandez

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Thank you, Jacki. I will! Just woke up. Haven't been sleeping well, so I have been getting up later. Sorry to all those expecting my daily posts early. Wish I could wake up earlier. Heading over in about a half hour to visit Sparky and try to take care of the estimate situation. So we can get some clarity and all of Sparky's donations can get sent over. Thanks again everyone. Gary

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Sparky is home now. He is still not eating and if anyone has any experience with their pet being on IV for a lengthy time, is this normal to not want to eat? I will try other forums also because I am not sure if this Sparky page is even on the radar anymore. Pam, I really, really thank you for your rather large donation. I would have been stuck in the mud without it and my friend Phyllis for her large donation. Would also like to thank my friends, Penny and Patty for their financial contributions (notice they all start with P's?) and everyone else on Imom for their contributions. Also thanks Stevan for committing to helping me get Sparky on his feet while I divide my time betweem Sparky and looking for a job. Thank you Tammy with Imom for being patient with me and the vet clinic, we really went through some drama there trying to get documents faxed etc and it wore me down at some points but had to keep on keeping on for Sparky's sake. I know of sa couple of my friends that have signed up to make a monthly donation to Imom since I have made them aware of this organization because of Sparky, so that's a good thing. I will also when I get out of the woods financially and able to make sure I can meet my rent and other financial obligations. There are so many needy pets on here that it breaks my heart. I wish I could send them all money. I will keep you guys posted and let you know how Sparky progresses. I will also post something on Imom's Facebook page. Thank you also to people who could not donate, but offered their prayers and thoughts. I believe in that power and we all came together and made this life partner of mine better again, and that will always meet alot to me. Thanks again!!! Gary

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Sparky is home now. He is still not eating and if anyone has any experience with their pet being on IV for a lengthy time, is this normal to not want to eat? I will try other forums also because I am not sure if this Sparky page is even on the radar anymore. Pam, I really, really thank you for your rather large donation. I would have been stuck in the mud without it and my friend Phyllis for her large donation. Would also like to thank my friends, Penny and Patty for their financial contributions (notice they all start with P's?) and everyone else on Imom for their contributions. Also thanks Stevan for committing to helping me get Sparky on his feet while I divide my time betweem Sparky and looking for a job. Thank you Tammy with Imom for being patient with me and the vet clinic, we really went through some drama there trying to get documents faxed etc and it wore me down at some points but had to keep on keeping on for Sparky's sake. I know of sa couple of my friends that have signed up to make a monthly donation to Imom since I have made them aware of this organization because of Sparky, so that's a good thing. I will also when I get out of the woods financially and able to make sure I can meet my rent and other financial obligations. There are so many needy pets on here that it breaks my heart. I wish I could send them all money. I will keep you guys posted and let you know how Sparky progresses. I will also post something on Imom's Facebook page. Thank you also to people who could not donate, but offered their prayers and thoughts. I believe in that power and we all came together and made this life partner of mine better again, and that will always meet alot to me. Thanks again!!! Gary

Gary,

I'm glad that I could help you and Sparky, it was my pleasure. I've been in a position, in the past, where I had exhausted all of my funds on a pet and had no one to turn to for financial help. That has got to be the most desperate of feelings. It is hard when your best friend needs your help and your back is up against the wall, financially.

I'm glad that Sparky is home with you and I pray that he has a speedy recovery and is back to normal and back to the dog park very, very soon.

My experience has been that some animals take a little longer to return to eating food after a lengthy time on IV therapy. You will have to keep trying old favorites and new yummy ones to entice him.

I hope you will keep posting here to let all of us know how you two are doing. Good luck with your job hunting and give Sparky a hug for me.

Pam

(One of your "P's")

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Gary,

I am so with you on the fact that animals do much better when they are at home!

I have had too many horrible experiences with animals being in the hospital and getting worse because it isn't an environment that is conducive to healing..IMHO.

I know how much you love your baby as I am here with my baby Hugo who needs surgery.

I am praying for you and Sparky!

I wish I was in a position to help you!

I will send healing and positive energy!

I also understand the "coffin" and living in a mobile home park where the people all just want to know your business and make life worse for you!

Hugo is a healer too and even though he isn't feeling well I will tell him about Sparky and he will send love and healing energy to Sparky!:animcndc_sm::pp_animal_362::minichien6:

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Thank you, Pam! One of my "P's" :) that pulled through for my pooch! And thank you also Ashley. Your words from both of you mean a lot. Now I am starting to get sick. But don't worry, I have health insurance. I knew it was going to come anyway with all the stress.

Ashley, I am so happy that they met the goal here for your doggie Hugo. Is it an awesome feeling? I think was even more awesome is that I was able to turn on some of my friends that never knew about Imom who are pet owners themselves and now they have signed up to give monthly. That just means we can save more animals! And that is by far the biggest gift ever!

Another sleepless night for me as I don't worry about Sparky being in hospital, but now can't sleep until Sparky starts to eat as normal. I really think that some of the meds they have been giving him has given him a taste in his mouth that he doesn't like and is not conducive to a good appetite. I researched his meds online and at least one of the side effects is decreased appetite. His doctot will be back to work tommorow, so I will ask her about this med.

Yes, Pam, I have tried everything under the sun. He seems to like chicken the best, in other words, he will eat the most of that than anything and his bacon treats he seems to eat that a little. But this dog used to have a voracious appetite. And it saddens me. Alas, I have to just man up and stop being a cry baby and get this dog on the bandwagon to health. I scaled down his pain meds because he just seemed kind of spaced out on them, but since he can't talk, I don't know if he even needs them anymore if he is even in pain.

Does anyone know a website were people exchange info on pets and their health? I don't want to take up bandwith here as it is most important that this site is focused on our furry friends in danger, so I don't want to take up valuable resources. I will check out yahoo groups in a bit. I also need to look for a job so I can get some income coming in so this is a bad time for me to get sick, I don't have the time.

I will forward Sparky your well wishes and prayers. I don't know how to post a pic here, it ask me for a url, but not sure how to get the url. I did post something and a picture of Sparky on Facebook. It is under Imom but my last name is different. Long story short, my dad abandoned me when I was young and my grandpa took the torch and raised me, so when I got older, I legally changed my last name to my grandpa's before he died to pay him his due respects. So anyway, I am under Gary Brunelle because all my old friends from school knew me as such.

Thanks again people for your help. Ashley, I will check in on your site to see how Hugo is doing. Give him a big, big hug for me! :) And again, thank you, Pam. I will pay it forward some day and the contribution will be in your name and all my "P's" :)

Gary

P.S. Can someone tell me how to get the url for a pic I have on my computer? I know when I post to Facebook, it makes a search to find it and it uploads from my computerr, seems like here I need to post a url. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Does anyone know a website were people exchange info on pets and their health? I don't want to take up bandwith here as it is most important that this site is focused on our furry friends in danger

Gary,

You are already here. This topic will move to our Happy Ending section, but your posts are encouraged and welcomed for as long as you wish. We're not only focused on pets in need - hearing about the pets we've helped is just as important. So post as much and as often as you wish! It's what we wish all PIN parents would do, as a way of saying thanks.

I'm glad that Sparky ate. Hopefully that's just the start of him returning to his old Sparky self.

Cindy/IMOM

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Today, Sparky ate a little bit of boiled chicken.. Still not eating like he used to, but he is eating better than the first day. I think this will be a very sloooow process, but again, because of his diabetes, I have to be careful. I still have to give him insulin but I have to watch him, if he starts shaking then his sugar is low and I have to give him reduced sugar Peanut Butter and wipe it in his gums. He's a real fighter Sparky. He's not going to give up and neither am I. I wish he could talk so I can tell if he is still in pain. The doc prescribed him Tramadol. I would rather not give it to him f he doesn't need it, because it makes him even more lethargic than he already is, but I don't want to hold it back either in case he is still in some pain. He is getting a bit more energetic, but not wanting to play with his toy yet. Will keep you guys posted!

Gary

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Gary, I'm really happy to read that Sparky ate some boiled chicken today. I hope that every day, both his appetite and his energy increases. Please keep us updated on how he's doing.

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Gary, I'm not defending your vet - can't form an opinion w/o hearing his side of the story. But I wish applicants would remember that this is a public forum. Anyone can register and read these posts, so you're not having a private conversation with another applicant. If someone from your vet's office reads your defamatory comments, do you think they're going to be willing to work with IMOM again? Prob not. And who loses as a result? A sick animal. :closedeyes:

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KIM: First of all,in this country we have a right to speak our opinions. I deleted the posts for your benefit. I thank your organization for helping me, but don't ever tell me I am not allowed to speak my mind. And I seriously doubt this vet or any will deny Imom's help, it's money, and they will and have to take it less they get slammed by the public. I was raised tospeak my mind, and I will. I am leaving this forum and this site because of Kim. I don't need you or anyone to tell me to shut up,this isn't Nazi Germany. If I feel this vet is all about the money, then there is no other side to this story. If I tell you that within 15 minutes 3 different people acosted me for money, then there is no other side to the story. You dig what I am saying. Don't you dare ever tell me to shut up again. Good bye. Close my file. I am not going to update ever again. And I no longer what to be a part of this organization. And by the way,I never mentioned the vet by name and I never mentionedthe hospital. And EVERYTHING that I have said here, I have said to my vets face, less anyone thinks I am too scared to vent my opinionin person.

I hope this isn't how you acted at the vet's. I was simply asking you not to jeopardize another pet's chance of getting care at this practice thru IMOM.

The strangers who donated money for Sparky's care when he was in crisis would appreciate continuing to receive updates on his health. If you don't understand that, well, I can't explain it to you.

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Gary,

I am not sure if this makes a difference but I click "Use Full Editor" then when it asks for a photo I upload the same way I do on FB.

I put it on my desktop so it is easy to find then I put it back where it came from "animals" or "my babies" etc. etc. I have many!

That is what I do.

I hope this helps!

I am sending you and Sparky and your gf lots of positive, healing energy!!

I wish I could give Sparky a big hug!

Edited by petsarefamily

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Kim, please, this is not the correct forum for you to be badgering me. First of all, my conversation was with Ashley, not with you. I never asked for your opinion regarding my vet, and I don't want it. My girlfriend was with me when this all went down, so I don't need anyone to validate my feelings concerning how I was mistreated. And secondly, perhaps my reasons for addressing this here is to maybe give other people heads up that perhaps they wouldn't want to take their animals there, so you see, I like saving animals and owners also.

And also, please don't tell me what to do, I had a very bad couple of weeks and I don't need someone like yourself telling me what I can and cannot do or what I should or should not do. You seem very lonely to butt in on other people's conversations. This was none of you affair. Please be kind to others. I thought that was what I was doing here. You obviously didn't read any of my other posts or you would have no been so quick to judge me. I don't let other people take advantage of me, that's why I said what I said and I told my vet how I felt. She was apologetic. There is absolutely no need for 3 different people all within 15 minutes to ask me for money, no need. I think you misunderstood my posts and I think you need to apologize.

Gary

Gary, I have no need to apologize. But I'm also not going to continue this volley (and I'm glad Cindy moved it off Hugo's thread). You seem to have made my post about publicly bad-mouthing your vet into some highly personal attack, which it clearly wasn't. Then you lecture me to be kind, after you make a bunch of assumptions (not knowing me at all) and get personally nasty. Kind of ironic..... You can say anything you want, no one can comment, there's no other side to the story -- but apparently your rules only apply to you. Obviously you have issues, so my last comment is simply that I hope Sparky continues to recover and do well.

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Sparky woke up feeling a lot better today. His potty walk he did very well, he stayed ahead instead of lagging behind. He actually came back and started sniffing for food. A gave hima few treats and he wanted more. Making him boiled chicken now instead. He is improving. But I am sill cautious...

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I am so very happy to hear this!

Go Sparky!!!

I will continue to send positive healing energy!!:minichien6:

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So glad to hear that Sparky is on the mend and starting to eat a little better. Hopefully his appetite will continue to improve everyday.

We are all holding good thoughts for a speedy recovery.

:hugs:

Tammy-IMOM

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Thank you, Tammy and thank you Ashley. My apologies for pontificating in what I thought was ill treatment I received at the hanfs of this vet hospital. $2400 is an obscene amount of money to me right now, and to especially be treated so unprofessionally and held emotionally hostage by this vet, is not good business. It started when I responded to Ashley as to her vet not returning her calls. There once were days when a patient or customer would not be ignored simply because they do not have funds. There once was a time when the customer is always right and I firmly believe that it should still be that way. I treat my customers with the utmosst respect whether their bill is $10 or $1,000. If they tell me they cannot afford a certain repair, I don't tell them that they are irresponsible and that their lack of funds will be their demise. No, I work with them and still treat them as humans and try to be compassionate about their situation and offer alternatives, I never try to make them feel bad simply because they do not have funds.

Now, my dog got sick the day after I loost my job, so I am already emotionally a bit depressed and to wake up and see your dog throwing up and feeling sick, well,it just makes your job-loss depression even worse. I took my dog to where I did because I have been there before and have spent a lot of monwy with them in the past through either boarding, check-ups, overnight stays for glucose curves and special food every two weeks for Sparky. I spent a lot of money there. So when he got sick, I took him there, a natural reaction. But to be told when my balance was getting high that his prognosis was not good, and when I deposited money to be told his prognosis was good, is nothing more than a mental game they played with me to keep the money coming in, that, I did not appreciate and when Ashley brought up the fact that her vet was not returning herr calls, it brought back to light the drama and suffering I went through at this place. Now as I have said, a business is in busines to make money, I have no problems with that, but if you are going to treat customers in this way, then you are alienating them. This is not good customer service, not to mention, terrible to treat people this way. I reckon certain people on here are not intelligent enough to understand what I have just said and believe I was just upsetting the applecart for future patients and that perhaps I was putting other animals at risk by vocalizing my experience. I won't apologize for this. I believe in standing firmly for something that I think is not correct, and this is not correct. I also highly doubt that this place will refuse any funds from anyone. They would be taking the risk at this point if they did not.

I am still eternally grateful for the generous help from Imom and their members. I will fulfill my obligation and continue to post a bout Sparky because I agreed to do so and I think it's a small favor to ask in return for the generosity I received. But I will not be silenced by someone who does not underdstand the bigger picture, that if we put up with this lack of compassion then others are doomed to go through what I did. I told my vet exactly how I felt and how I preceived I was being treated, as I said, she was apologetic and reassured me it was not their intention. However their intention, it is what was perceived, and they have a duty to care for the animal that was entrusted with them and to treat their owners respectfully in a time when emotions are running high. This is all I have to say about this and I do not want to speak on this any longer. But if anyone is in the San Diego area and wants to avoide bringing their animal here, please send me a private message and I will respond to you. Gary.

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Gary,

I agree with you 100%!

I know in my soul that your vet was doing exactly what your intuition was telling you!

You are in touch with that and it is a great thing! I am sorry that both you and Sparky paid dearly for that!

I would not take any animal to the vet you are speaking of!

I am beginning to feel that from the place I took Hugo to that was so wonderful the first visit

but now that I don't have the money they could care less if he dies!

That is not compassionate especially when I have most of it.

I go without food, gas, clothes, going out, I live with an abuser and every penny I have and people are donating is

going to go to this man so he can take another vacation or buy his wife/girlfriend new breasts or jewelry!

I have been taken down the patch too many times by veterinarians who performed things my animals

did not need, killed them when they knew damn well that would happen and on and on!

I very much need to find a great vet!

They are just as hard, if not harder to find than a great doctor!!

In 17 years since I became ill I have been to many many many doctors and I have only had 5 great ones.

I have at least 5 referrals to specialists for things I really need to take care of but I am sick and tired of

being operated on, probed, having tests, cultures, biopsies.......endless!

Two years I have been putting these things off.

Because in 2008 I was bit by a cat. All the hospital had to do was put me on antibiotics and drain it.

Nope, I had 5 surgeries on my finger and if I wasn't in touch with my intuition I would have had my finger

amputated because the first surgeon hated cats! And made a judgment about me because I am on AHCCCS.

I was painting and making my own money even after I became ill.

I know what works for me and I need to make money to pay for those things because AHCCCS won't

pay for the things that actually work. Like chiropractics, massage, health supplements and more.

They just want to keep Big Pharma going and I am supposed to eat healthy on $100.00 a month?

I am grateful for that it is better than nothing but I tell you the check I get every month isn't enough for rent!

Hugo is holding his own today. I am going to take him out with me..not for too long I don't feel well today.

How is Sparky?

I know he is a survivor and he loves you!

Just like Hugo Sparky would do anything for you I know it!:pawprint::heart:

Nothing would make me happier than to get back to painting, make my own money and PAY for insurance.

The work involved in "begging" for help is very hard, time consuming, miserable, humiliating and no fun!

Painting is fun but it is work and you bet if someone needs to make monthly payments I go with that!

Customer service is NOT what we grew up with anymore.

People just don't give a sh*t anymore!

When I am treated the proper way you can bet I let them know that!

I do it when I am not also!!

People need to stop being so greedy and start to care!

My love, prayers, and positive healing energy sending you and Sparky!:animcnda_lg::Angel15::pp_animal_362::minichien6:

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Dear AJ-

Help me hold my tongue.... getting a vet to work with IMOM could depend on it...

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Thank you for your words, Ashley. I will also continue to pray for Hugo. When your animal suffers, you suffer also, and sometimes even more because you see how helpless your pet is and you want the best care possible. For those of us who have no kids and our pets are our "kids" we become even more glued to that pet and we suffer even worse at times because he/she is all we really have in this world. I truly do not like making waves, I try to embrace the thought that all humans are inherently good, but can go bad from time to time. I would never want anything bad for any animal, mine or otherwise. I was angry, yes. But sad more than anything to watch the further detoriation of the way we treat one another on this planet. I am not sure if ever there was a utopian time in the history of the world where it was "us" for "us", but I can tell you with some certainty it is becoming "me" for "me".

When I started to become a plumber, I of course, heard the horror stories like you would hear with car mechanics etc.., to take people and maxzimize your own income. I thought I could truly make a difference by not following those kind of policies and in the end, I would be taken care of. That wasn't so. Yet, I will still not reduce myself to such tactics. I feel secure in myself when I walk out of a customer's home that I did the best I could without using scare tactics or any tactics at all. I still feel, as dumb as it is, that you give people a fair shake and they will give you one back. I will go to my grave believing that, and I will probably go to my grave poor because of that. No matter, for I will be resting in peace knowing I did the best I could always. Goodluck to you Ashley. Things will turn around. Shed your life of the people who are no good for you and you may have to struggle at first, but it will be worth it in the end.

Gary

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There are a great many excellent veterinarians out there..I know that.

I know that the one that works at Banfield is an excellent vet. but she has to follow the rules and she went through a great deal to become a vet and she probably needs her job. I can see it in her eyes and I can feel it from her.

She goes home and cries, I know it!

But I will bet any amount of money she will not be at Banfield long...only as long as it takes her to figure out

a way to make it someplace else and then I won't be able to find her! I wish her well and I will look for her because she really is a good vet. She just isn't able to do the surgery.

It has happened to me before at least 3 times I found really great vets and when they left no one knew anything.

Not a thing!

I have lost really honest, caring great vets that way!

I don't want to slam vets... they are good and we need them to help us with our babies!

I want to promote great vets and places and people like IMOM!

I will do my best to be as positive as I can!

I have Sparky in my heart!!!

So does Hugo..I have told im all about Sparky!

I am positive that the surgeon I went to is great at what he does.

I am just in agreement with Gary that they need to treat us better.

I know many do...just looking for one! :rose:

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Sparky just about back to 100 percent. His apetite is back like it used to be (annoying) :) and he played with his toys a little today and he just seems overall a lot happier. Thank you one and all for making this possible. I will truly remember this organization when I get back up and running myself. Thank you thank you thank you. Gary

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Gary,

I am really sorry to have to do this, but please consider this notice: do NOT post any more inflammatory posts against any IMOM supporters. If you do, you risk your posting privileges. You did it again on Hugo's thread. We are not going to let you wage personal vendettas on anyone's thread, but certainly not one for another pet. This public forum is owned by the IMOM Board of Directors, and we decide what is within boundaries. This is your final notice.

Cindy/IMOM

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Excuse me, Cindy, but she was calling me a victim, what right does she have to attack me? I am supposed to sit here and take it? I don't think so. I really appreciate the help Imom has given me, but I am not gonna sit here and let this person attack me and call me a victim. What kind of place is this anyway? Two of my friends joined your monthly donation thing since I told them about this site, should I tell them to back out? I don't get it, she butts in on my conversation to begin with and I am the one being yelled at? No way. And then she theatens the another member to take back her donation to Hugo and she loves animals? Sounds more personal to me than anything else. If she really wanted to save animals, she wouldn't back out of her donation...And by the way, I did it on Hugo's thread because I was defending Ashley....If you ask me, this person started it by butting in again on others conversations...I know you support her because she gives, and I will also when I can, but I am not going to let anyone control or dominate me for the sake of politics...

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Gary,

They blocked my account and I have no access to the email you sent me.

They deleted it and I am not able to post on there.

Even though I have very few posts there I am being told I have used up all my "storage".

Please look me up on FB.

As I told you I tried to find you on there but there are too many with your same name.

I thought I sent my one message to the right person.

The photo sure did look like Sparky to me...with glasses on??

I am easy to find. Ashley Jade with Hugo as my profile photo and in Phoenix Az.

Thanks.

Ashley

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This topic is now locked and moving to archives.

We hope all the best to Sparky and hope he has a long and wonderful life. We are very happy that IMOM was able to help him through his crisis.

:magicmoon:

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