Help save a dog's life LIF

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  1. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    I woke up this morning and got a text from my buddy about his dog. Said she had an upper respiratory infection and so he took her in to the vet. Hit him up later and found out that her lungs collapsed and they had to intubate her and it was looking real grim for a bit with her. It looks like she's stabilized but isn't out the woods yet. It hit REAL close to home because of the bond I have with my dogs. Went over to have a beer with him and comfort him. I've never seen him look that helpless and it broke me down a bit.

    I've said it multiple times that I wouldn't trade my dogs for all the whales in the world. Well, I'd trade all the whales(not really whales) I have for a dog. So I'm asking the BA community to help me help my buddy. For every $10 you donate, I will enter you in a raffle. If this gets over $1000. I will raffle off another box. My cellar isn't that deep so I apologize, but I will try making it worth donating, I want him to save this dog and don't want my friend to go hungry in the process. These are the best bottles I currently have in my cellar. The winner can choose between the 2 boxes, and if it goes over $1000 then there will be 2 winners.

    Box 1:
    BA Kopi Speedway
    Mexican Cake
    3 other locals I will add to make up a 6 bottle shipper.

    Box 2: (if $1000 is raised up)
    2013 Huna
    2013 Parabola
    Birth of Tragedy
    3 other locals I will add to make up a 6 bottle shipper.

    I know there's a lot of these styles LIF's but every little bit helps. These are mostly beers I was saving for a special occasion. Well that occasion is here. I wouldn't love more than to send 2 boxes out and to have this dog running around healthy again.

    Because of the way this LIF is, I'm gonna ask for all donations be sent to my Paypal at and just include your BA name in the message. I will YouTube a video showing the raffle and announcing the winner. I'm gonna leave this open 2 weeks and am gonna hold the raffle Monday-Tuesday July 8/9. I will send out that same week. If there's any questions BM me.

  2. BlueOkie

    BlueOkie Jun 19, 2008 Oklahoma

    Done Johnny. Hoping for the best. Bless all 3 of you.
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  3. LopeJuice

    LopeJuice Aug 23, 2012 New York

    this one tugs on the heart strings. I'll send over a little something on friday, hope everything works out.
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  4. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Bumping this up today and also got an update today, it looks like its Laryngeal Paralysis. They're going to an appointment with a specialist to look into the next step but it looks like its gonna be surgery to do "laryngeal tie back" depending how bad the paralysis is. He said that he woke up this morning and she couldn't walk and lost control of her bowels. The vet said this was normal since she lost so much oxygen and is still lacking oxygen but that she should show some recovery in the coming days as long as she's kept cool and crated all day except for restroom and to eat.
  5. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    After a weekend with mostly crickets and 2 generous donations, I'm gonna change this up a bit. There'll be 2 winners if this goes over $500. And I may have a 3rd box if this goes over $1000. Gotta see if that box comes in time, but it will be a HF box including at least 1 of the new releases and an Anna if it arrives in time for the end of this LIF. I'm holding the raffle regardless of amount donated but I wanna give away as much beer as possible here to potentially help save this dogs life.
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  6. thirstygator

    thirstygator Mar 29, 2012 Florida

    I have two dogs and my wife is a Vet, I'll get something to you this week.
  7. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Bumping this with another update. Vet saw her today and said she's doing better. Surgery is still the most likely scenario but its not full laryngeal paralysis. Just need to keep the dog cool and not excited for the time being then see how she manages. Finally regaining control of her bowels as she's getting used to a sedative and walking more and more. I told my friend yesterday what I'm doing and he was speechless. He sent his thanks to the generous BA's who've donated including one who didn't send his BA name but I think I know who it is, just need to confirm. The dog seems to be in good spirits but is visibly still in pain and limited.

    There's still a little less than 2 weeks, should have an update on what the 3rd box will contain should this LIF hit the $1000 mark. Thanks to everyone who's donated, my friend, his dog and I are eternally indebted to all of you.
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  8. fritts211

    fritts211 Feb 19, 2011 Tennessee

    Donated. My wife's dog Lucky died on Saturday. He liked meatballs, and didn't know how to bark or jump. Best to you and your friends.
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  9. robL

    robL Oct 22, 2010 California

    Can never say no to a dog in need...sent what I could today. Might have a lil extra to send next paycheck.
  10. thirstygator

    thirstygator Mar 29, 2012 Florida

    Just donated, hows the pup doing?
  11. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Thanks to everyone who's donated so far. I saw my buddy last night. The dog is WORLDS better than she was Saturday evening but still obviously sick. She's walking now, albeit not much, peeing on her own and seems to be herself. Still doesn't have full bowel control. The vet said she should be "normal" soon but will still need surgery. She's lost weight, wont get to swim again and her bark has been reduced to a tiny squeak but that's a small price to pay.

    So far we're almost to the $500 goal to ship out both boxes. If we can hit $1000 to help pay for this surgery I'll be also raffling off a 3rd box with some yet undetermined HF but at least 1 of the bottles released tomorrow
  12. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Alright, just wanted to bump this and add that if we hit the $1000 mark I will raffle off a third box containing a Madness & Civilization #2 plus some other stuff to fill a 6 shipper.

    Again, the first winner has their choice of boxes, then 2nd winner then 3rd winner. If we hit $500 there will be 2 winners and if we hit $1000 there will be 3 and the Madness & Civilization 2 will be included.

    (The HF bottle is being shipped to me, so pending any unforeseen problems with bottles breaking obviously. In either case, I will make it right if for whatever reason the bottle does break and replace it with something else limited and good)
  13. fortsambo

    fortsambo Feb 14, 2011 Colorado

    $$ sent. Great work Johnny.
  14. buffs9

    buffs9 Apr 28, 2008 Colorado

    fuck it, my wife converted me into a dog guy. I'm in too.
  15. AndrewSmith

    AndrewSmith Jan 27, 2013 Texas

    $ sent, awesome work Johnny
  16. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    And we are officially at $500. So I'm raffling off 2 boxes. I wanna raffle off a 3rd box and we have a little more than a week to get that done.

    This community is awesome and I wish things like this got more shine than all the bad trader threads that seem to appear all the time. Thank you for everyone that has donated so far, I can say with certainty that I'm alot happier giving these beers away than I would've been drinking them.

    Now lets hit $1000 so I can send someone a 300 bottle count Hill Farmstead bottle
  17. jconrick1

    jconrick1 Feb 9, 2008 Washington

    Great thing you are doing here Johnny. Glad your friend has someone like you as a friend.

    Cheers to you,
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  18. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    Is this the new way to auction off beers now? I've seen so many of these tragic stories lately. If a dog is legitimately in distress, and somehow money will make this guy feel better, then bravo on the gesture.

    If you've been watching the obvious trend of these sorts of things, then I say "Well Played Good Sir" My friend's sister's boyfriend's mom's car was just about to be stolen too.
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  19. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Man, it takes a slimy person to even try to capitalize on the generosity of the community for personal gain. The dog went into distress and needs a surgery. I gave my boy $300 out of my pocket which was all I had at the time but I knew it wasn't enough. If that makes it me auctioning off beer, then so be it. I'd rather do a good deed for a dog than drink beer any day.

    I have no idea why I replied to the troll post, and I usually enjoy your snarky posts.
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  20. Bad_Trader

    Bad_Trader Nov 8, 2012 Namibia

    It does. And I in know way think you're doing that. Pointing out the unsettling fact that allowing these deeds of good faith to be done publicly ultimately allows the opportunity for the bottom feeders to eventually decide to capitalize on the good nature of BAs like yourself in the future. I even donated anonymously, I just feel ultimately when someone without the good track record such as yourself or the others who have done similar acts of good faith, such as those involved in past dealings of large international trades gone bad etc. starts a similar LIF, people will have been left open to the opportunity of being duped into feeling like they're doing a genuine good deed, when in fact they're helping someone profit. Again, I don't question your motives, I question the precedence that this new trend is setting.

    Mark it in the books, a serious post.
  21. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California


    But seriously, I completely see your point and its a valid one. It took alot for me to even post the LIF and essentially ask the BA community to be generous in good faith. Ultimately I decided to swallow my pride for a friend and his dog and give up bottles that I valued.

    Back to the LIF, I'm changing it yet again. Someone has generously decided to donate a box for a 4th winner. So now, if this hits $750, I will raffle off the 3rd box containing a Madness & Civilization 2. If it hits $1000 there will be a 4th winner that will get a box with some surprise bottles.

    I won't reveal the BA (yet), since idk if he wishes to remain anonymous. But the donation is deeply appreciated. We're currently at $610 in donations. A little more to go to raffle off a 3rd and 4th box
  22. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Got a few more donations over the weekend. I wanna send some more boxes out, we're really close to the next goal so I can send 3 boxes out to people.
  23. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    4th box to be donated to the LIF for hitting $1000

    1 bottle of Hill Farmstead Elaboritive One
    1 bottle of Hill Farmstead Edith
    2 Massachusetts locals: 1 probably Jack's Abby and 1 TBD
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  24. DaveHack

    DaveHack Mar 28, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Just chucked some money at the pup.
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  25. BigGene

    BigGene Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    Donation sent!!!
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  26. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Someone has just donated a 5th box if the donations hit $1200. They want to stay completely anonymous. But the box will contain
    Lawson's Fayston Maple Imperial Stout
    HF Clara
    Westy 12.
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  27. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    You really have a way with words.
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  28. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Alright! We're over $750. So I'm sending all 3 boxes that I originally planned to send. There's still 2 more boxes up for grabs at $1000 and $1200.

    I'll do the raffle next week on Monday or Tuesday and have boxes out either that week or the following Monday depending on the heat and how far the winners live from me. Thank you to everyone who's donated so far.

    A quick update on the dog for everyone, this weekend was tough because of California's shitty heat. I went over yesterday around 7PM and it was still in the mid 90's. she walked outside to pee, completely supervised and in about 4 minutes she started overheating and panting which made her airways constrict and made her breathe harder, which is what she can't do with a paralyzed larynx. We had to sedate her and cool her down with towels and keep an eye on her, but she ended up fine. The vet said once her throats a little more healed from the intubation of last week they can set up a surgery date, which will likely be in 2-3 weeks. But other than her being restricted to literally seconds outside or else risking overheating, she's back to her old form, or she thinks she is at least. Jumping and running again, just nowhere near the same rate.
  29. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Quick update: another box has been generously donated by jconrick1 if we hit $1000.

    It will contain:
    2013 Commons Madrone
    Logsdon Oak Aged Bretta
    Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio - Bottled 9/13/2011
    Cascade Elderberry
    2010 Boulevard Rye on Rye
    2010 Bourbon County Coffee Stout

    The generosity of the community has left me in awe and theres no way I can begin to repay everyone. We're currently $190 short of the $1000 target and 2 more boxes.

    Have a safe holiday everyone.

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  30. cfh64

    cfh64 Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Make it $150 short of $1,000. Hope the pup is doing better.
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  31. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    4th of July update, since I got an update last night. Apparently the small spell of over heating set her back a bit. Had a hard time walking and peeing last night which sucks because I saw her before that and she was improving quite a bit. Vet keeps saying surgery needs to wait until her throat is healed from the irritation of the intubation to do the surgery since they need to go in through the side of the neck and pull back the cartilage. Gonna be sedated most of today due to the fireworks, so hopefully no excitement there. I gave him the money from the donations for the surgery and he was in shock. He knew I was doing this and was amazed when I told him there was a little over $200. Now it's far surpassed that and he couldn't believe that people on the Internet would care enough about a strangers dog to donate for a surgery.
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  32. Envelopes

    Envelopes Aug 26, 2012 Ohio

    Donated the little that I could. Hoping for the best with the pooch.
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  33. Rau71

    Rau71 Dec 12, 2011 California

    I am in. I hope she comes out 100%!
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  34. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    And we're officially over the $1000 mark. I can't even say enough right now to express the gratitude.

    There's one more box if we hit $1200 total over the weekend.

    Raffle will be Tuesday morning or Monday night then uploaded to YouTube. Thank you all for your donations so far
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  35. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    Looks like I have a box to pack up
  36. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Just bumping this for the last 2 days. Closing it tomorrow at 8PM when I'm off work. Doing the raffle that night and video will be up Tuesday.
  37. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    Donation sent!
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  38. cp45

    cp45 Nov 20, 2012 New Jersey

    Donation sent
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  39. Johnnyramirez

    Johnnyramirez Nov 17, 2012 California

    Last day today. Closing this up tonight. Thanks again to everyone who donated.
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  40. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Oct 16, 2010 Vermont

    How close to $1200?
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