Gucci, at a young age of 2 and with no health insurance is fighting for his life. He has maybe 5 days to live.Gucci has endured a massive blow to his abdomen either by a car or a person in the park across the street from our home which happened in a matter of 3 minutes.We can not imagine who would want to cause such a cruel act and cause such harm to such a loving and sweet dog. He has a large swelled mass on the side of his ribs. He was kicked so hard that his liver has been pushed up into his chest cavity making it hard for Gucci to breathe. Gucci has always been a very happy, energetic, and playfully spirited dog. Now he is lethargic, running a 103 temperature and shakes from pain. He is now on a pain regime that keeps him comfortable, but his days are numbered. His breathing is labored because his liver and kidneys have slipped through a tear in his diaphram, pushing against his lungs. I have no choice but to euthanzed him if I can not come up with the 3000$ for emergency surgery, I will not let him suffer! I have endured financial troubles for the last 6 months being layed off and just starting a new job, I barely make enough to keep my utilities on. I was denied for Care Credit which I was told you now have to have at least a 650 credit score to be approved. I have no savings left and now the Eastern Iowa Vetinary Specialty Center will not accept any emergency pet assistance from organizations that do not pay them prior to the procedure. I think it is so sad that if your dog falls ill you have to kill him if you don't have 3-5000$. The vet said he needs the emergency surgery today. Please keep Gucci in your prayers at this time! Gucci needs all your support and prayers to help him beat this and stay strong through this trial. Save Guch!

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please call Tammy Hilleshiem (Gucci's mama) at 319-654-1186 or e-mail at

If you want to send a donation by mail, please send checks to attention:Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails, 3030 Northgate Dr, Iowa City, Iowa 52245.All your generous contributions, thoughts and prayers are deeply appreciated!!

Thank you all SO Much!! - Tammy & Gucci

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michael burkholder says ... on Saturday, Aug 27 at 1:44 AM

Beautifull dog there are such cruel people out here

Sara says ... on Thursday, Aug 25 at 5:29 PM

Can someone please give an update on Gucci's status?

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