Gemini and Randy Etter have been together since Gemini was a little puppy. Since almost two years ago, the two had been the closest of friends. Since they are so in love and brighten each other’s lives every single day, Etter pledged to do all in his power to preserve Gemini when he learned he could lose him.
Four weeks ago, while Gemini was playing with Etter’s girlfriend’s little child, the infant thought it was amusing to keep hurling her bottle out of her playpen towards Gemini. Every time, Gemini would pick it up, his father would swiftly get it from him, wash it off, and then hand it back to the infant. However, at some point, Gemini managed to get hold of the bottle without his father’s knowledge and ended up biting the top off of it.
Until Gemini started feeling quite ill, no one realized he had ingested something he shouldn’t have.
The Dodo quoted Etter as saying, “He simply started to slow down and I didn’t believe it was natural, just resting next me and following me around.”
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, a vet was able to confirm that Gemini had a blockage inside of him and would need surgery — which would cost $4,500, money that Etter definitely did not have. Losing Gemini was not an option, though, and so he decided to put his car up for sale to try and raise at least part of the money to save his best friend’s life.
“I was gonna spend every dollar made from the car sale on his surgery,” Etter said. “I would be devastated if I lost my best friend.”
Eventually, he was able to borrow $2,000 from a friend, but it was still insufficient. Then, a nearby charity learned of his situation and resolved to do everything in their power to assist Etter and Gemini.
After learning what was happening to Etter and Gemini, the S.O.A.R Initiative (Street Outreach Animal Response) was able to collect approximately $3,000 in donations from complete strangers who only wanted to support the best buddy duo in their continued existence.
Gemini was able to receive the operation thanks to the generous donations and recovered fully.
Gemini is now recovering well, safe in the arms of his dad and best friend. Etter is so grateful to everyone who helped him keep Gemini alive, and can’t imagine what he would have done without everyone’s support.
It truly means a lot to me, Etter said. “He’s my closest pal. I simply wanted to be able to repay the favor by being there for him since he is always there for me.