In 2015, Kim McDowell was with her granddaughters, Zanthi (an infant in a stroller) and
Makenna (a toddler). Along for the walk? George,
her 12-pound cat. “If the girls are at my house,
outside playing, George is always right there,”
says McDowell, of Belgrade, Montana.
McDowell recalls, “I heard the rattlesnake before
I saw it.” When she did see it, “it was about 2 feet
away from Makenna, and coiled and ready to
strike.” Suddenly, George appeared, putting himself
between Makenna and the snake. “It was like
George was going to make sure that if the snake
struck, it would have struck him,” McDowell says.
With the snake momentarily distracted, McDowell
picked up Makenna and slowly pushed the stroller
away. “George rotated with our movement so he
kept himself between the snake and us the whole
time, and when I got a ways away, he just trotted
down and came with us for the rest of our walk.”
goldens enrolled. It hopes to look at
environmental, nutritional and other
lifestyle factors that could contribute
to how often goldens develop cancer,
and possibly prevent it in the future.
Jaxon gets a thorough checkup
annually, with his laboratory results
going to the foundation for analysis.
Davis and other participating dog
owners also complete an extensive lifestyle questionnaire each year, hopeful
that the foundation will finally pinpoint
what causes cancers in goldens and help
them to live longer, healthier lives.
Just like people, dogs need blood
during surgery and other medical procedures. As dog blood donors at NC
State Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh,
North Carolina, Tanya Svejda’s dogs
provide blood for dogs in need.
Her pit bull Reagan is a current dog
blood donor for NC State, which is one
of a dozen veterinary medicine clinics
or teaching hospitals nationwide that
accept dogs as blood donors. Others
include Michigan State University, the
University of Florida and Iowa State
University. Each donation can save up
to four lives.
Svejda’s other dog, Einstein, also
a pit bull and almost ;;, recently retired
from donating blood. He donated
every two months for six years.
“When he retired we were told
he’d saved ;;; lives,” Svejda says.
This included a pregnant female
that needed an emergency cesarean
section. “This was a dog-to-dog
donation, with Einstein right in the
next bed from the mother. He was
able to donate blood, save her life
and the lives of her four puppies.”
Freelance writer Leah Ingram also runs
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that helps animal lovers celebrate their
Kim McDowell and her granddaughters with George
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