Thursday, October 18, 2012

10/18/2012 - Thank you for supporting Cletus

10/18/12 - Cletus is continuing to do well although I caught him crossing his paws about an hour ago, told him to uncross his paws, and he listened to me.

His bills continue to be huge and unless I find a job soon, it is going to be either paying the mortgage or paying for Cletus' meds of which I am opting to pay for his meds hands down.  I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and will work out in the end so I am not going to think about that for now.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for sending their notes, emails, texts, etc from Cletus' TV spot.  He really is as special, lovable, funny, amazing, and fantastic as he comes across on TV and I am truly blessed that he is staring at me as I am typing this right now.

The more exposure we can get for Cletus, the more likely it is that we can help other animals out there suffering from open lipped schizencephaly.  Cletus can't be the only one with this condition.  Animals must be getting misdiagnosed and dying from OLS due to vets not understanding what they are dealing with.  Help us get the word out about Cletus and schizencephaly.

If you can, please donate to Cletus' campaign

As far as Cletus' doctors are aware of, Cletus has the only known reported case of open lipped schizencephaly in a canine. The key word here is reported. Most vets are not aware that schizencephaly exists or they are not aware that this condition is possible in an animal. Cletus is living proof of this possibility.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are 78.2 million dogs in the U.S. ( Some sites state that schizencephaly affect 1.54 per 100,000 people. According to, schizencephaly affects 1 in 2719 people or 0.04% of the population ( The fact is that no one is sure how many people schizencephaly truly affects. If we assume these same statistics in dogs, it equates to up to 31,280 dogs out there with schizencephaly in the U.S. alone.

Please help me to get the word out about Cletus and schizencephaly. Contact your local news organization about Cletus or have your local news organization contact me directly at

Please help us by contacting Ellen through FB and tweet through the avenue below...

Submit your story to Ellen to potentially be on her show and have her help "change your life":

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Thank you for your support,

Doug & Cletus

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