In October, Darwin started having respiratory symptoms, which led to the discovery of a lesion on his trachea. This had never been reported before, and when I found out, it felt like my whole world came crashing down. There were only several cases of a lesion being found in the lungs, and those dogs died within several months.
Darwin is my first dog, but he is also much more than that. He's my best friend and I love him. My ex-girlfriend helped raise Darwin and has been a wonderful mom to him. I have only been able to get this far with her help and the support of my family, friends and the kindness of strangers. The past four months have been devastating, but I have been trying my best to keep Darwin happy and cherish every minute with him. We are blessed to have an amazing vet at UF who is very dedicated to helping Darwin.