Today’s patient story features … Busby! A patient of internal medicine specialist Dr. Craig Maretzki and cardiologist Dr. Justin Williams, Busby was diagnosed in 2014 with congestive heart disease, which is being managed by his human mom, Jaye, and his veterinarians.
It is our honor to be on Busby the Wonder Dog’s care team! Many thanks to Jaye for putting together this sweet piece on Busby.
What did YOUR mom always say: MAKE YOUR BED! And how about a dog who does just that!! Every day, Busby Berkeley goes into the bathroom and re-shapes a rug into a comfortable bed or finds a towel and curls right up into it, and makes himself a cozy, little sleeper:
Busby Berkeley, the Wonder Dog, who also trained as a Therapy dog, as well as a Service dog, at Marin Humane Society.
And who is Busby, anyway? 22 pounds of love and sweetness, a 14-year-old Havanese from The Netherlands, who came at 8 weeks, 3 days old to the USA to spend his life with me, his mom, Jaye, where he gives his smiles to everyone.
AKA The Big Baby Busby, he is champagne with a bit of black in his beard and the tips of his ears, and a bit reddish, with great very-human brown eyes, and a big brain in his little head.
And he knows how to get his way!
Busby came to VCA SFVS, in 2013, with a heart murmur. He was later again referred by his veterinarian and friend, Dr. A.J. Kallet of VCA Madera Pet Hospital in Corte Madera, in 2014, with a diagnosis of congestive heart disease. So sick and thin he was, with weight loss, a persistent cough, terribly ill, and it seemed hardly a chance to survive.
Busby was in the hospital for four days, until it was determined he was ready to go home, where his mom would manage his disease with his veterinarians.
Now under the incredible care of Dr. Craig Maretzki, internist, and Dr. Justin Williams, cardiologist, technicians and the support staff, Busby is a renewed boy, thriving, running (okay, only a little bit), and definitely eating. He wants attention, can still show a stubborn streak (where is MY food) and how about a big kiss for me. Then there is Busby’s pal Robin, technician, who carries Busby on her chest so he can rest his head on her shoulder, as he gets well.
The Big Baby Busby, happy again.
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