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12/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman veteran hopes holiday magic will heal canine companion
KIM STEELE/Miner
Daniel Braden sits with his ill dog, Pebbles.
KIM STEELE/Miner
Daniel Braden sits with his ill dog, Pebbles.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Nothing would make Daniel Braden happier for Christmas than for his little brown dachshund, Pebbles, to get the surgery she needs to remove a large tumor.

"I just want Pebbles to live," said Braden, crying as he held the dog who was showering his face with kisses. "It's not fair that she should die because people are greedy. It should be all about the dog, not about the money. She's such a good dog and she means so much to me. I just don't know what to do to help her now."

Braden, 58, raised the 11-year-old female dog since birth after her mother died during delivery. Braden said the veterinarian handed him eight newborn puppies, which he bottle-fed and stimulated to go to the bathroom every hour or two for the first few weeks. All the puppies survived, and Braden kept Pebbles and her sister, Sunshine. He still has both.

But about six months ago, he noticed a golf ball-sized lump hanging from Pebbles' left side and began calling around to local veterinarians to see what it would take to have it removed. Braden said he was told it would take cash up front to see the dog and perform the operation, which would cost a minimum of $500 at that time. Since then, the tumor has grown to the size of a soft ball.

Braden, a U.S. Army veteran who is receiving disability for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has been struggling to pay medical bills and keep his utilities connected. He didn't have any extra cash to offer for his dog's care, but he called all the veterinary clinics in the area and told them they could automatically deduct payments out of his bank account each month as a guarantee for the bill.

When that suggestion was turned down, he offered to give all his grooming equipment - about $30,000 - to any clinic that would help him. Braden owned a successful grooming business for about 15 years in Crestline, Calif., before moving to Kingman four years ago. The business, called All Creatures Great and Small, had three bathers, two groomers and served about 15 animals a day. All the animal hospitals turned him down, and several veterinarians contacted for the story did not return calls.

"I explained that I didn't have any money and I was a disabled veteran," said Braden, whose truck has a bumper sticker that boasts "My dachshund is smarter than your honor student" on the tailgate. "They wouldn't take payments or anything else I offered to them. My dogs mean everything to me and I just don't understand why no one will help Pebbles."

To offer assistance, call (949) 922-1071 and leave a message with Sean.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Good for Cerbat Cliffs! They really are some caring Docs there! That's my home clinic.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

If there was a place to donate, I could kick in a few $$, but that info isn't provided. I won't call someone without some background.I don't know who "Sean" is.

They do have loan programs available in the vet offices where it can be payed over several months, of course there is probably interest.

Unfortunately there comes a time when quality of life of our pets should be more important than our own desires. It's a very hard choice, but if you have pets, you eventually have to make it. I have, twice in the last 2 years, and will probably have to again in the next few months.


Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: Kim Steele

Cerbat Cliffs Animal Hospital will be doing the surgery on Pebbles. Watch for an update on Pebbles in Friday's Kingman Daily Miner.

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Article comment by: You vs. Me

Congratulations Animal Advocate ... you one-upped Just A Fact in callousness! When will we all understand that it is wrong to belittle others? It serves only to create more opposition and delays constructive resolution. Could it be the work of Chaos? (aka Satan).

As for veterinarians, my experience has been that some outwardly show more compassion than others. I realize that they need to make a living. I'm also inclined to think they could make reasonable payment arrangements based not on the prognosis, but based on the pet owner's informed desire to save his pet. Thank you Spay & Neuter for offering some hope.


Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Article comment by: NY DOLL

I spoke to Daniel Tuesday, he said many people are coming forward and helping and that he had sold quite a bit of his grooming equipment, he has an apt for Thursday for Pebbles evaluation and at another vet in Jan...he said a kind lady stopped by gave him 100.00. Kingmanites are coming through for Daniel and Pebbles!!

Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Article comment by: just one voice

I do hope Mr. Braden gets the assistance he is asking for. I also hope he decides to sell all that grooming equipment, so he has the finances to meet future needs. Offering it to a vet that already has all the equipment he/she needs is not a good solution.

Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

Daniel Braden.....take pebbles to the spay clinic as per the post here, they will check your dog out....and if they can help, please post the costs, we will help where we can! Animals give us so much more than we give them, loyalty, love, protection..the Bible says "be kind to your beasts", how can we do less?

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Article comment by: animal advocate

To "Just a Fact" This dog will be helped one way or another, But the problem I have with your comment on putting your money elsewhere like food for children is Enough of my taxes go to feeding children that I never had.

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

I don't see any response? whats wrong here? no compassion...there are over 5000 veterans in this area...where are you? speak up! That many veterans could each chip in .50 and this little dog would be taken care of...is that too much?

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Article comment by: sharon Cosgrove

the low cost clinic has moved, too 1707 Andy Devine 928 692 5226 if They will do this type of surgery, please contact Them, & let Us know the price They quote, I live on less then $700.00 a Month income, but I am willing to help Pebbles & Her Human as much as I can, I am an Animal lover ! God be with you little Pebbles, help is on the way ! amen

Posted: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Article comment by: Molon Labe

I hope someone posts a veterinarian where they are taking donations to do this procedure for Pebbles and Daniel! The little girl will hopefully live for many more years this way.

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: Typical Kingman Veterinariens

This is very typical for this area. Veterinarians are the least charitable here than anywhere I ever lived. I will use the contact number and provide some info on who to contact to help Pebbles.

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: Ruby Duey

PART 2: I feel sad that our community feels the way it does about your local veterinarians. I personally know everyone of them in town and I know how much they all care for animals and feel for those people struggling in this economy. Most hospitals help in many ways most of you may not know about. Every year we donate time, money and supplies to organizations such as animal control, game and fish, shelters, the Boys and Girls Club, local charities, school organizations, veterans, military, 4H, FFA, the elderly of Kingman, The Cancer Center, Drug Walks, and so much more. I feel like we give all year round to help our community.
It is helpful that we have a low cost spay and neuter that has the benefit of getting help financially to help the community with the over population of animals. But they are just that- a spay and neuter clinic. They do not incur the costs that veterinary hospitals do. Radiography machines, Ultrasound, Lab equipment, Buildings, Educated and licensed staff, insurance, etc all come with huge price tags. We again do the best we can, and we do work together.
I hope that the information above helps additional families with finances with their pets. I know personally it has with many families.
God Bless you all.


Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: MONICA SEDILLO

I hope you get the help you need to get Pebbles the medical care this is so sad :( wish I could do more, god bless you and Pebbles...

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: Lore J

I totally agree with the desert dweller

Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013
Article comment by: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic Ciccone

Dear Mr. Braden
On behalf of everyone at LCSN we are sorry to hear of your troubles and encourage you to give us a call to schedule an appointment for our vet to assess Pebbles. We do have foundation money that is donated for cases just like these and depending on the placement, severity of the tumor, and other health issues we may be able to help you and your pet. We do perform these types of surgeries on a case by case basis. We are closed for the holiday week due to our big move but as soon as we are open hopefully we can get you ASAP if you would like to help you and Pebbles. Hope to hear from you soon!
LCSN


Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: Vicki Roehrick

What is wrong with the world? ?? Where is the compassion? ???? Absolutely heartbreaking. I take my pets to (a Kingman animal hospital veterinarian). ... I just can't believe she wouldn't work something out with him. I would be willing to donate some funds to help and am sure there are others out there willing to help as well.

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: R H

Daniel: I understand how you feel about your dog. I really do. Last Dec 17th , my beloved cat of 15 years succumbed to a tumor lodged in his chest cavity. He was treated at (a Kingman animal hospital) and the substantial amount of money I paid , even though it turned out to be an inoperable tumor , was all worth it. I would have paid twice as much if I could have gotten a different outcome but I do not blame the animal hospital for charging me for services rendered . Now I am a veteran as well but the vet bills I incurred I paid with the knowledge that they kept the doors of that hospital open so that I could keep getting the regular excellent care for my animals even though my cat's life had run it's course. The fact is that good care costs money. I wish I could wave a wand and be able to sponsor them to fix any and all animals brought to them as I truly believe they are the most skilled and caring animal care providers I have ever dealt with.
The problem is that reality is the same whether or not you (or I) served. The animal hospital does not get to waive any of the costs they incur just because you served. The costs are the same , veteran or not.


Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: Shon Jamachier

That's so sad. Hope he gets the money he asks for. But don't be surprised if people tell him he shouldn't have a dog if he can't afford the vet bills. Like so many online websites do. They seem to think only the elite - royalty should own pets.

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: just a fact

If this is supposed to be a tear jerker, it isn't. The life span of most dogs is 12 years. I feel sorry for the guy but there is a lot to think about. Is it cancer? Why did the vets refuse his offers? Kim, you are so "good" at getting all the story, where is the rest? Instead, I would suggest that people put their money into something for children like food.

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

I suggest you take the doxie to the spay clinic on Northern, they are much cheaper than any of the other vets in town....find out how much the expense would be and post it on here....I am certain, I and a lot of other veterans in Kingman could chip in a few dollars to save your little dog!

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2013
Article comment by: Tina Meyer

Shame on those veterinarians! I understand they need to make money, however, this man signed a blank check to the United States of America by serving in the Military. Isn't there someone out there that has a heart and would volunteer their services? It's the holidays.



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