Life is like a halibut: When you the little sardine are swimming along, thinking you have made it through the surf, the big halibut of life is laying on the bottom and bites your ass. My lab, Stains, pulled up lame last night. My ex said he had limped a couple days ago for a bit, but had not persisted with it. Prognosis........ torn ACL. My hunting buddy just became a flat ground hunter. And shit; I just started working again last week....... how the hell do ya swing a $4K surgery??? I am torn. Stains kept me sane, and in the hunt when my world was darkest. When I was really, really depressed, he kept me from going off the deep end...... But this is a LOT of money. I am pretty floored. If anyone knows a vet surgeon who is a saint, let me know. I can work out trades for services; plenty of guys here can attest to my ability in remodeling houses& businesses, and all kinds of fab/ welding stuff. I can make payments (I will have to) and I have a bit of cash set aside. My cell number is 714-801-5514. Since I got picked back up with the shop, I can take text messages during the 7am-4:30 time span, or calls after 4:30. Any leads will help, and yes, I will travel; I am in HB. Thanks for listening guys.