When you love someone, you would do anything for them, right?
In the case of Randy Etter, that someone is his dog, Gemini. The pair have been in each other’s lives since Gemini was a little puppy, and now that he’s two years old, the dog has become his in the whole world.
It all started in April 2019 when Gemini was playing with Etter’s girlfriend’s baby daughter. The baby thought it was hilarious to continuously throw her bottle out of her playpen at Gemini. Gemini would pick it up every time and his dad would quickly grab it from him, wash it off, and give it back to the baby — but at some point, Gemini got ahold of the bottle without his dad realizing and ended up eating the top off of it.
No one had any idea that Gemini had swallowed something he wasn’t supposed to — until he started getting very, very sick.
“He just started to slow down and I didn’t think that was normal, just laying beside me and following me everywhere,” Etter told The Dodo. “I just felt like he was saying, ‘Help me.’”
When Gemini started vomiting uncontrollably, his dad knew something was very, very wrong, and immediately rushed him to the vet. Unfortunately, at first, no one could tell him for sure what was wrong with Gemini.
“I lost my job driving vet to vet to vet and it just seemed like I wasn’t gonna get anywhere or get him the help he needed in time,” Etter said. “It was truly one of the scariest things I had to deal with.”
Finally, after going from one veterinary clinic to another, a vet was able to confirm that Gemini had a blockage inside him. The dog would need surgery which cost $4,500 – money that Randy did not have.
But he didn’t want to lose Gemini, so he did what he thought would help him amass the amount needed for his dog’s surgery – Randy put his car up for sale.
“I was gonna spend every dollar made from the car sale on his surgery,” Randy said. “I would be devastated if I lost my best friend.”
A kind friend loaned him $2,000 – but it still wasn’t enough. Eventually, a local charity heard about his dog’s surgery and his financial situation, and the organization decided to help Randy and Etter out.
Ultimately, the S.O.A.R Initiative (Street Outreach Animal Response) was able to raise $3,000 in donations from strangers who wanted to help the duo! With that amount, Gemini was able to proceed with the sugery and Gemini’s operation was a success.
Gemini is now recovering well, thanks to his dad who is always by his side to take care of him. Randy is grateful to all those people who chipped in for his dog’s surgery, knowing that without them, Gemini’s situation could have ended much worse.
“It means the world to me,” Randy said. “He’s my best friend. He’s always there for me, I just wanted to be able to return the favor and be there for him.”