Sick Sinus Syndrome is impacting the rhythm and rare of Pocky’s heart, and it could cost her her life if left untreated (which is not something Elisa and Greg will let happen).
“Sometimes my heart stops beating for as long as 8 seconds, and other times, it’s beating 200bpm! The cause is unknown, and the effects are terrifying, and but thankfully there is a solution,” Pocky said.
“Elisa and Greg would do anything to fix my broken heart, and in 1 week I will be undergoing a very serious surgery to receive a Pacemaker, so I can continue to bring joy to those around me for many more years!!”
Although Elisa and Greg did get insurance for Pocky, her insurance company is not covering the costs of her pacemaker surgery, which has been quoted at around $10,000.
Paige Rothaus, a friend of Elisa, Greg, and Pocky, decided to create a GoFundMe page to help raise enough money to cover Pocky’s pacemaker surgery, and the donations started pouring in.
Elisa and Greg feel overwhelmed by the community’s support for Pocky, and they shared an update a few days ago to the GoFundMe page.
GoFundMe; pictured above is another photo of Pocky
“As Pocky goes into her surgery next Tuesday, we will keep you updated on her progress,” Elisa and Greg said.
“She may look a little different the next time you see her, as the pacemaker will sit on the right side of her neck, but she will always be the same hungry dog you have come to know and love. We are hopeful that she will be back to work as New York’s finest party mascot very soon.”
“Words cannot adequately express the amount of love and support we are feeling, and we promise to pay it forward in some way.”