By Bob Vitale
Southbend Tavern will host a benefit Friday night to help raise money for a dog with cancer who has comforted his owner during her recovery from a stroke.
“This little dude helps her get through every day,” Michelle Foor said of the bond between her girlfriend, Lisa, and their dog, Chang.
The Columbus couple learned of Chang’s thyroid cancer when their groomer found a lump. They’ve been told it will cost $3,500 for his surgery.
The event Friday at Southbend (126 E Moler St, Columbus, 43207) will include a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 drawing. For Halloween eve, Southbend also has costume contests and its regularly scheduled shows.
There’s also a GoFundMe page for Chang. On it, Lisa calls the dog “my world,” a constant comfort through her recovery from a stroke that still has her homebound.
“He has developed some amazing talents including greeting all these incoming doctors and therapists, staying between them and me when possible and keeping the mood lighter so I would not be so afraid,” she wrote “I do get scared of strangers. I also have PTSD, and little Chang crawls on my chest and licks my hand or face to help bring me out of flashbacks and bad dreams.”
“To me he is why I wake up each morning. Why I work so hard at PT.”
Foor said she and Lisa found Chang a few years ago outside their home on the East Side. He had terrible fleas but no tags. They gave him a home, and he has given them love.
“Chang needs and deserves all the help he can get,” Lisa wrote.