Randy Etter loves his dog Gemini more than anything else in the world. Randy got him when he was just a little puppy and raised him. So now they share an incredible bond.
In April 2019, Gemini was playing with Etter’s girlfriend’s baby daughter. The little girl continuously threw her bottle out of the playpen, and Gemini eagerly fetched it. Each time this happened, Etter quickly grabbed the bottle from Gemini, washed it off, and gave it back to the little girl. Both the little girl and dog were having a blast, and Etter loved watching the two of them play.
But, unfortunately, later that day, the dog started to get 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.’”
Randy knew something is going wrong, so he immediately started driving Gemini from vet to vet, hoping someone could help him. He ended up missing his shift at work and losing his job, but he didn’t care. He just wanted to make sure his best buddy was okay.
One of the vets did an x-ray, and they found the problem: Gemini had eaten the top one of the baby bottles. To save Gemini’s life, the vet would have to surgically remove the bottle top. It would cost $4,500—money Etter didn’t have.
A friend offered him a $2,000 loan, but still it was not enough. So Randy came up with a better plan. Determined to save his beloved dog life, Randy put his car up to sale!
An animal rescue organization named S.O.A.R Initiative (Street Outreach Animal Response) saw the Facebook post, and they were touched by Etter’s devotion to his dog. S.O.A.R. reached out to their members and asked them for donations to help Gemini. The group was able to raise $3,000, which they donated to Etter. Etter was able to keep his car and pay for the surgery.
The surgery went very well and Gemini is now home recovering. Of course, Randy is as glad as he never was before.
“It means the world to me,” he 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.”