Stef called last night with a story she wanted in my blog. That’s unusual.
The story starts with Laura. There isn’t a reality show about Laura. There should be!
Originally from Wisconsin, Laura lives in Los Angeles where she trains and takes care of dogs including Stef’s dachshund, Roxie . Daycare, overnight and long term guests happily stroll through her place in the Hollywood Hills.
What Laura does is a business, but it’s driven by her love of dogs. There are rescue and rehab puppies along with the paying clientele.
Last year I decided to step up my efforts by rescuing a pregnant dog with the plan to raise all of her puppies, train her, find them all perfect homes, and film the entire process. I rescued Abbey when she was near the end of her pregnancy and hand-delivered her 6 puppies. The last two, Link and Oliver, were sick and barely alive, but I revived them and nursed them to health over the course of months. At 8 weeks old Oliver suddenly lost his ability to walk, and I began taking him to vets to find a cure. We saw 9 vets and spent thousands of dollars on testing, but no one knew what his condition was or could give us much hope for his survival. Finally, I saw a specialist and he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Osteo-dystrophy. – From Help Save Oliver James
The cost of Oliver James’ veterinary care is high. Laura estimates over $24,000 over the next year!
In order to defray costs Laura is raising funds online and holding a one night benefit concert/art gallery/silent auction on Saturday October 6th in Los Angeles. Helaine and I have donated some of my original photography for the auction along with a contribution.
Only you can decide whether you’d like to help too. Here’s a link to the full story or you can watch the video below.