We recently received these beautiful photos and write-up from VCA SFVS client Carol, for our Patient Stories series. Carol notes, however, that she “can’t write enough words or include enough photographs to document the depth of the relationship that my partner Sherie and I have had with these beloved companions.” (We fellow pet parents certainly understand that.)
Thank you for sharing with us, Carol, and for letting us be a part of your fur babies’ veterinary care team.
Bayley was a junkyard dog in Oakland, born in a pit under a car, in the second of four litters (44 pups) birthed by Brownie, a pit bull mix. We rescued (absconded) the puppies after they escaped into the street. After providing basic veterinary care, all were adopted into loving homes … including our boy Bayley. Despite efforts to educate her owner about neutering, Brownie kept having litters, so we temporarily kidnapped her and had her spayed. We provided food and medical care for Brownie (who was sheltered by a neighbor on the street ) for the next 12 years.
Bayley, the fastest and most agile dog at Ft. Funston, where he engaged every dog he met in a game of chase, clearly needed to be part of a four-legged pack.
While searching for another fast male dog his size, we encountered Lucy, a six-month-old, vertically challenged female rescue. Lucy was found near UC Davis by graduate students who drove her to Ft. Funston one Sunday afternoon to find her a home with people who would take her to dog parks. And after one look and a few sniffs, we adopted her. Lucy is cheerful and loving and has the fastest-wagging tail ever seen.
When they’re not maintaining their frequent flyer status at VCA SFVS, Bayley and his sidekick Lucy can be found chasing balls at Ft. Funston and Crissy Field.
I guess you could call Abbi an accident. While shopping for fish at the Ferry Building’s farmer’s market, we stopped to admire the cats out for adoption at an SPCA outdoor venue. We left with Abbi, an eight-week-old torbie, thinking she would help our older cat adjust to the recent loss of her feline companion. Cleo wasn’t impressed, so Abbi took over the dog pack and has been bossing Bayley and Lucy around for seven years.
Bayley, like his mother, has proven to be a survivor: four eye surgeries, three cancer surgeries, and last January, at age 13, bloat and abdominal surgeries. Both January emergency surgeries were performed at SFVS, and saved his life.
We will never be able to express the gratitude we feel toward all the staff who have helped Bayley and Lucy continue to be part of our lives. I could write more, but it is time to go to Ft. Funston and take more photos.
Would you like your dog or cat to be featured in our Patient Stories series? Please email us for information. We look forward to hearing from you!