Hero Dogs Live Here

All dogs are wonderful. Some are heroes.

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Trey the Wonder-Dog
Generalissimo "Fiona" Fiferoni
Lucy "Buzz" Schnazo

What is a Hero Dog?

Very simply, any dog that has been to hell and back and retained their zest for life and their ability to love unconditionally is a Hero Dog. This title is not given lightly... Simply learning not to pee on the carpet does not a Hero Dog make! Here are the stories of three Hero Dogs that I've had the privilege to share my life with over the past few years.

Trey the Wonder-Dog

We met our Boxer Trey in the fall of 2008 when she was a sad, sick, 7-year-old ward of the Seattle Humane Society. She was epileptic, had a urinary infection, and a golf-ball-sized lump hanging from her left shoulder. No wonder the Humane Society gave us a steep discount on her adoption fee.

Over the next several years Trey blew a tendon in her knee and needed a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), she survived more than half a dozen cancerous tumors, and had rather strange surgery on her back-end to solve her urinary issues. Trey turned 12 this year and was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. She finally told me she had had enough and left us on November 1, 2013. But she was a sweet, kind, loving old Boxer right to the end.

Why is Trey a Hero Dog?

She survived an extended stay at the Humane Society, survived cancer repeatedly, and took great care of her little sister Fiona.

       

Generalissimo "Fiona" Fiferoni

Fiona joined us as an unexpected Christmas gift in 2010. Her owners had brought her in to Bellevue Animal Hospital a few months prior to have her put down because of her extreme food and environmental allergies. The doctors all refused to hurt this beautiful soul, and so one of the staff members fostered her until we took her home. Indeed Fiona's allergies were terrible, but very strict control of her food and environment together with judicious advice and medication from her vets made for easy management of the issue. Then disaster struck.

In July of 2011 Fiona was diagnosed with Lymphoma, which is virtually incurable in dogs. Since then Fiona has been through every chemotherapy treatment available, and a few types of alternative medicine as well. Unfortunately the battle was lost today (May 1st, 2012) but Fiona kept her sweet temper and beautiful smile through it all.

Why is Fiona a Hero Dog?

Despite narrowly avoiding a death sentence and battling incurable cancer for nearly a year she was still the sweetest, kindest dog on earth. Except that she tended to bite lawyers and bankers. You go, girl.

        

       

Lucy "Buzz" Schnazo

Lucy spent the first eight years of her life with an elderly owner. When her owner passed away the family tried to cope with caring for Lucy but eventually surrendered her to the Seattle Humane Society. Then Lucy met her Forever Owner, Teresa. Lucy quickly stole Teresa's heart with her sweet disposition and playful energy, filling the gaping hole left by the untimely loss of Teresa's previous pup, who had succumbed to cancer a few months prior.

Teresa and Lucy joined our family last year, and Lucy now happily plays the role of older sister to Trey the Wonder-Dog. Trey is happy to have Lucy around, as her presence has helped fill the void left by her little sister Fiona's untimely passing.

Why is Lucy a Hero Dog?

Like Trey, Lucy survived a stay at the Humane Society and kept all her sweetness and love of life. She has been a wonderful companion and comfort to her friends (both two-legged and four-legged) who have experienced the difficult loss of a furry family member.