Randy Etter and his dog Gemini have been best friends for a very long time, since Gemini was a little boy. Their friendship has been going on for two years now and their love seems to be growing as they keep on adding value to each other’s lives. So, when Etter found out that he may loos his friend, he did everything he could to save his life.
Four weeks ago, Etter’s girlfriend’s daughter and Gemini were having fun while playing outside. She thought that constantly throwing her bottle at him was rib-tickling. Every time she throw it he would instantly pick it up and bring it to her. On the other hand, her dad would rapidly grab it, washed it before she starts drinking form it again and give it back to her. But, no one noticed that he somehow managed to hide the bottle and eat the top of it.
No one had a clue that the dog swallowed something he wasn’t supposed to until he stopped feeling well and started to get very sick.
“He just started to slow down and I didn’t think that was normal, just laying besides me and following me everywhere.” said Etter. “I just felt like he was saying, ‘Help me.'”
Etter knew something wasn’t okay right off the bat. Gemini couldn’t stop vomiting, so his dad immediately took him to the vet. At first sight, no one actually knew what was the problem.
“I lost my job driving vet to vet and it just seemed like I wasn’t gonna get anywhere or get him the help needed in time,” said Etter. “It was truly one of the scariest thing I had to deal with.”
After a few check ups, the vet confirmed that Gemini had a blockage inside of him and he needed a surgery right away. The surgery costed $4,500 – money that Etter didn’t have for sure. He didn’t want to loose his best friend, so he put his car for sale to collect half of the money he needed to save his life.
“I was gonna spend every dollar made from the car sale on his surgery,” said Etter. ” I would be devastated if I lost my best friend.”
Luckily, a friend of his lent him $2,000, but however that wasn’t enough – until a local charity heard about his sad and unfortunate situation and decided to donate to help Etter and his buddy.
The S.O.A.R Initiative (Street Outreach Animal Response) heard about this problem, and they were able to raise almost $3,000 in donations from strangers who were kind-hearted and just wanted to help. With everyone’s help and support Gemini had a successful surgery and made it trough like a real hero.
Gemini is now at home resting and recovering thanks to his best friend, Etter and everyone else who did everything to keep him alive. Etter is grateful and he appreciates what people did to save his Gemini because his life would never be the same if he lost him.
“It means the world to me,” said Etter. “He’s my best friend. He’s always there for me, I just wanted to be able to return the favor and be there for him.”