2012-07-05 / Pets

Vet went above, beyond

By Simon P. Clifford
Special to the Acorn

A month ago we lost our German shepherd Brody to cancer. He was only 7 years old and, as most pets become, he was a much loved member of our family.

It was all very sudden, and up until the day we had to euthanize him, we had no idea that he was sick. He went from chasing squirrels in the backyard one day to being unable to move the next.

At the emergency pet hospital we were quickly informed that he was in grave condition and that he more than likely would not survive a surgery to stop the internal bleeding. We made the only decision we could to stop his suffering.

The following day we received a call from our vet, Dr. Robert Hyman. He explained that, having read the report from the hospital, we made the correct decision and he would have made the same recommendation.

He added that we could have had no way of knowing he was sick as he exhibited no outward signs. That simple act granted us some solace in this difficult time and alleviated the pangs of guilt we were feeling.

A few days later we received a card from the office signed by all of the staff, some of whom had written their personal recollections of Brody. This also granted us some peace from the loss.

Last week my wife opened a letter from the University of Missouri. It was from the school of veterinary medicine and was signed by the dean.

He expressed their sympathies for our loss and included some personal knowledge about our dog. It wasn’t boilerplate.

He then added that our vet, Dr. Hyman, had made a contribution to the school in Brody’s name. We were simply amazed at Dr. Hyman’s actions.

In this day and age, while people generally have good intentions, very few demonstrate this kind of dedication and humanity.

This incredible act of compassion and generosity touched us so much that we felt compelled to share this story.

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