Many of us pet owners are willing to do anything for our pet’s health. We scrap and save to pay for their medical bills, prioritize our pets over our needs, and for one California woman, she is selling her car to pay for her dog’s cancer treatments.
Karla Jadwin, a Bakersfield pet owner, found out her beloved dog had cancer. She wanted to do everything and anything to get him the treatment that he needed. She even is selling her own car.
Tark, her 13-year-old poodle, was diagnosed with bone cancer in November. A painful tumor was found in his right leg, and veterinarians amputated his leg. He has recovered from the surgery and is currently going through chemotherapy.
“My first thought was another man in my life with cancer in his bones… that’s how I lost my husband,” Jadwin said. After seeing her husband battle cancer, she wanted to make sure Tark would survive.
Jadwin put an advertisement in the newspaper to sell her Pontiac Firebird for $6,500. The money will help with the ten thousand dollars in medical bill she has for her dog’s chemotherapy.
Tark’s vets told Jadwin that he only has two years to live. She hopes that chemotherapy will extend his life expectancy.
Jadwin also has struggled with her own cancer. She is a 17-year breast cancer survivor. She knows the pain that her dog is going through and wants to ease his pain.
“Ninety-five percent of dogs that have this disease are put down because of the incredible pain. I have a problem with that, I would choose life. And I do believe in miracles, I do believe in early diagnosis. It saved my life, and I believe there is a good chance it will save his life.” said Jadwin.
Jadwin said the cancer treatments did affect Tark. He lost his fluffy white hair, but now his hair is starting to come back. She hopes that she will have a three-legged dog with tons of energy and more hair.
She drives Tark to Orange County for chemotherapy every three to four weeks. Jadwin does have another car to drive after she sells her Pontiac.
She said she is not looking for donations or handouts from people. She simply wants to sell what she has to keep her beloved best friend for as long as she can.