Hero Dogs Live Here
All dogs are wonderful. Some are heroes.
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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 generally 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 on 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.
Smokestack B. "Smokey Bear" a.k.a. "The Smoking Man"
Smokey spent most of his early years locked in a crate with his brother Moulder. The story goes that Smokey and Moulder's owners divorced and simply left them in the crate, in the house when they moved out, whereupon they luckily were retrieved by a local rescue organization. Smokey was then adopted by a good family, but had to be given up after a near-fatal encounter with the family's cat.
He came to us by way of a wonderful foster mom that had put a lot of work into resolving Smokey's anxiety issues. He's still a skittish boy and agressive when he feels his territory is being violated, but he's getting better every day. He does a wonderful job of guarding his family day and night.
Why is Smokey a hero dog?
Having spent years locked in a crate virtually 100% of the time and having been abandoned in his home when his former owners moved out, this sweet guy fully deserves the title of Hero Dog.