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Extraodinary Lives

Sweetie pie

Sweetie-PieAn extraordinary life that touched us all at the hospital.

Sweetie pie came to Tony Brown in the winter of 2006 just 6 months after losing his dog Sebastian to cancer. Discovered crouching next to a dumpster, Tony brought her to Ehrlich where Dr. Langbehn checked her over and gave her vaccines. She acquired her name when the veterinary nurse Carol called Tony to tell her she was healthy and a “Sweetie.”

Tony’s business associates always knew when he was working at home because Sweetie would take her toy and squeak squeak. Living up to her name when Cuddles the cat came along she was the doting mother. Each year Sweetie Pie came to Ehrlich for her routine vaccines and haircut. On December 15th she came in for her shave down and annual bloodwork, everything checking out great.

But On 12/22 Tony called me saying Sweetie’s eye was blood shot. He brought her to the clinic where she was given medication but by 12/26 she was not doing well at all, vomiting, lethargic. Through more extensive bloodwork it was discovered that Sweetie was bleeding from somewhere and diagnosed with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia, a disease where the red blood cells attack each other resulting in her body’s inability to clot her blood. Sweetie was given a transfusion on 12/27 in hopes to correct the issue but to no avail. She received another transfusion on 12/29. Things seemed to look up and for a while and she was able to go home coming back in the early morning for treatment. After three blood transfusions and 25 days of treatments Sweetie’s immune system could no longer work and she was humanely Euthanized on 01/16.

Through it all Sweetie was a trooper, wagging her tail, giving out huge kisses, eating her meatballs. She truly was an extraordinary life that touched us all at Ehrlich Animal hospital. A friend we will miss and never forget.


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milk-pet-of-the-monthHi, my name is Milk and I would love to tell you my story. Growing up wasn’t easy for me. When I was about a year old, I was dumped out of a car on to the side of the road to be left alone to fend for myself.

Thankfully it didn’t take long for someone to come along and save me. As soon as she opened her car door to see if I was ok, I hopped right in and made myself comfortable. Thank goodness she didn’t argue with my excitable leap into the car. Over the next few days, she made hundreds of flyers trying to find my original home. Please don’t tell her about what I’m going to say but, secretly I didn’t want to find my original owners because I already loved my new home! Everything was going great until about February, 2011.

My mom brought me in to have a bump on my foot looked at. The doctors took a needle aspirate of the area and diagnosed me with a Mast Cell Tumor. After hearing about having a Mast Cell Tumor I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Thankfully, my mom had a plan. She took me to a veterinary oncologist at BluePearl to start radiation therapy. I just recently finished my second round of radiation treatment and I hope that this tumor will go away for good. Only time will tell… Until that time I am very thankful for everything my new family has done for me. I couldn’t imagine having a better home, family, or friends.

I spend a lot of time here at the bed and breakfast when my family is away, so if you happened to see me walking around outside with the amazing techs don’t be afraid to come say hi! I’ll be the one wearing all white!