Rascal's Story

Rascal, a Yorkshire Terrier, sitting on his owners lapRascal made it past his 5 days critical healing time. We still have weeks of recovery to go, but this means his survival is no longer something we need to worry about. I couldn't be happier. My heart is filled with love for this little dog.

I wanted a dog since I was 3 years old and first saw 101 Dalmatians... my wish came true six years ago when I brought home my best friend. My first ever dog and he is more than I could have ever dreamed. He's smart and loyal and the sweetest animal I've ever known. All he wants is to show he loves you. I can't imagine ever coming home and not having him waiting at the top of the stairs for me. The thought of losing him breaks my heart into a million pieces. For a few days, it really seemed like that would be the reality... Rascal had not eaten for 8 days; we could see and feel his ribs and spine. He turned his head away from food and could barely stand. His primary vet had misdiagnosed him with pancreatitis and he suffered the consequences. 

His veterinary team at the U of M saved his life, and there is no way I can ever express how thankful I am for that. They discovered that he had swallowed a foreign body and rushed him to surgery. His intestine was perforated; one more day and he would have died. Seeing him walk out of the ICU the day after his surgery, and have him give me about 100 kisses... I think that was the happiest I have ever been. He is my tough little miracle dog. Now all he wants is to go on walks, play fetch, jump all over us and eat, eat, eat! He despises the "no playing" rule and bumps his cone on everything in the house. It overwhelms me with joy to see him back to being himself...living up to his name and being the little rascal he's always been.

There are no words for the gratitude I feel. Without the U of M Veterinary Medical Center, particularly those who worked with Rascal, especially Dr. Allen, my best friend would not be snuggled up next to me right now. You are all heroes and make the word a better place with the work you do saving animals.

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