PLEASE HEAL COCO
5 November 2020 - first message
Assistance therapy dog Coco, is a mini Groodle fighting for her life, after eating a poisonous bait while visiting a park in Newstead Brisbane on 1 November 2020.
Coco is happy, playful and companion for her disabled owner Tim Martin, who suffers from an acquired brain injury and is in a wheelchair.
On Monday 1 November 2020, Coco was out walking with her disabled owner Tim and support carer, when she ate a poisoned bait-laced meatball - a deadly trap that was laid out around Newstead park.
That night after ingesting the bait, Coco started shaking, stumbling and vomiting. Her family rushed her straight to an emergency vet hospital where she was hooked up to an IV and had a series of x-rays and tests. Overnight, Coco's condition became fragile when she was unable to breathe at some points.
Coco’s owner Tim, family and carers are very happy that Coco has now been discharged and is resting at home to recover. Coco’s family hope she survives and they are doing their best to care for their pint-size fur therapist.
Whilst hugs, kisses and hoping can soothe Coco, it hasn’t stopped the vet bills from rising. Coco is currently very weak and needs further check-ups to ensure that there is no permanent damage done to her organs, nervous system and body.
Tim is extremely stressed and upset over this and is worried about how he is going to pay the vet bills. If you can, please consider donating to help save Coco.
About Tim Martin
At the age of 23, Tim sustained a traumatic brain injury that has made him permanently disabled. Now 40, Tim has recently come out of a high care facility and is making great attempts to live in his own apartment alongside his dear Coco.
Coco is six months old and an adorable mini Groodle puppy that will hopefully grow up to become a close friend and assistance therapy dog for Tim. Coco is still very unwell but working hard to get well. At the time of her poisoning, Coco was and still hopes to be trained as a therapy dog for Tim. Both Tim and Coco have bonded closely, and she is one of the best joys in his life. Being a parent to Coco provides Tim love, joy and assistance with his everyday needs.
Thank you for your support
Tim and Coco thank everyone for their kind words and offers of help. They appreciate every bit of love and support you may be able to provide.
5 November 2020 - update message
Coco arrived home from the vet today and has been showing signs of improvement. She is back eating again and drinking heaps of water.
11 November 2020 - update message
Coco went to the vet for a check-up and urine tests. We were worried about Coco's kidneys as her urine was bright yellow, but the vet said this was to be expected and we had no reason to be concerned. The vet thought Coco was recovering really well and responding to treatment.
13 November 2020 - update message
We temporary closed the 'Please heal Coco!' Go Fund Me campaign to update security preferences, the email contact for the campaign coordinator and to transfer some of your generous donations to pay for some of Coco's vet bills.
Some of the donors contacted me worried we closed the campaign because Coco had become sick or worse died. We are sorry for creating concern. We can assure you, Coco is recovering very well, she is eating more, chewing shoelaces, giving cuddles and her hair is growing back.
22 November 2020 - update message
Yesterday we took Coco for a walk around Newstead. We decided not to go to the dog park, but she loved getting out and about to see everything and everyone. Coco is definitely not shy and continues to curl up to anyone who gives her the slightest bit of attention. It is great to see Coco trusting people again.
Thanks for your support, we will keep you updated with Coco's recovery progress.
September 2020 - Coco at 8-10 weeks old at home in her unit with Tim.
31 October 2020, Tim and Coco rest under a shady tree in Newstead after Tim voted in the Qld election.
2 November 2020, Coco at the vet on a drip and fleshly shaven.
2 November 2020, Coco in the vet clinic being cuddled by one of her carers.
9 November 2020, Coco back at home recovering with her favourite teddy bear.
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