A Message from Amanda Tweten and Cassie Driskel
On Sunday morning, January 22, 2012, the #SaveGeneralPatton campaign received devastating news.
While at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, neurologists discovered that General Patton was not suffering from Inter-Vertebral Disc Disease as initially diagnosed. After exhausting all testing options, Dr. Rob Daniel and Resident Melissa Boldan were unable to successfully diagnose Patton, beyond the scope of an undetermined form of spinal disease. Every possible treatment option was attempted. Whatever this mystery disease was, it wasn’t responding to treatments and it was determined that Patton would never be able to walk again, or be continent.
On Sunday morning, Cassie made the decision to euthanize General Patton. His grim prognosis has left Cassie heart-broken.
It was important to her to share the following message with the over 200 hearts that supported our efforts to save General Patton.
“All of the doctors who worked with Patton thought he was an amazing animal. Everyone loved him. And this decision was by far the worst decision I have ever had to make. Dr. Rob Daniel and Resident Melissa Boldan were Patton's doctors and they were the most loving, kind-hearted, honest, and caring people I could have ever asked to help Patton and to help me. Melissa even went out of her way to get Patton a cheeseburger on the morning I decided to euthanize Pat because I was too much of a wreck to do it myself.
The love and kindness that I have received during this effort will never be forgotten. Each of you has touched my life so sincerely and the gratitude I feel for your generosity could never be captured in the written word. It is with an overwhelming ache in my heart, that I take my next steps.
I have arranged with Dr. Rob Daniel and The MU Vet hospital to pay your kindness forward. I will be setting up a General Patton Fund with the remaining money that was donated. The MU Vet Hospital will use this fund for pet owners who find themselves in the same predicament I did, but aren’t lucky enough to have my same support.
Because Patton’s spinal disease was unlike anything the doctor’s had seen before, I donated his body to science in the hopes that no other pet owner would ever have to experience such hopelessness.
In the days since losing Patton, I’ve lost myself. The sadness is overwhelming. Please know that this loss was completely unexpected and it wasn’t supposed to end this way.” – Cassie Driskel
We are asking that all correspondence be directed to Amanda Tweten at email@example.com.
in memory of general patton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOKraG7GWg