According to a study, cancer is usually the leading cause of death in dogs.
Among all the breeds, Golden Retrievers have the highest risk of getting it. So, how would you react if your dog has cancer? Would you end his suffering through euthanasia, or would you keep on fighting and never give up?
One animal lover with the name, David MacNeil, owns a seven-year-old Golden Retriever named Scout. He refers to him as “spokescanine,” and they have an exceptional bond together. They even appeared at a WeatherTech Super Bowl Ad last 2019.
Until one day, Scout collapsed all of a sudden. It’s not until David brought him to the vet where he will learn the most devastating news in his entire life. Sadly, Scout has a tumor in his heart, and the vet predicted that he only has one month left to live.
David has experience with dogs having cancer before. Unfortunately, all three of them lost the battle. This time, he made an entirely different decision. He will never give up on Scout.
Luckily, David learned about the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine’s efforts to cure dogs’ cancer. He wasted no time and contacted them to help him heal his poor boy.
The university agreed to assist Scout. They made a series of tests and treatments. They also performed aggressive chemotherapy and radiation in the hopes of removing his tumor.
With the help of the university’s research and high tech equipment, they nearly removed his tumor! Scott is alive and kicking today because of their magnificent achievement for science. Though he still undergoes chemotherapy and radiation therapy, he currently enjoys his life to the fullest.
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🧡We did it! Two weeks of radiation done and over with! I made it through like a champ thanks to my medical team, some of who you see me with here! They also gave me a Bucky the Badger they made @buildabear and a bandana that matches his! I had him by my side the whole time I was at the hospital 🙂 I love you guys! 🧡 Now it’s time for some R&R and playtime at home until Wednesday when I see my drs. again. That’s when I start another immunotherapy every other week to help me fight the cancer. They don’t suspect I’ll have side effects from it so that is relieving! Then in about a month or so I will have a ct-scan to see if the radiation knocked out those stupid spots on my lungs!!🧡 • • • #petsmakeadifference #scoutsfriends #scoutstrong #buckythebadger #uw #uwveterinarycare #uwvetmed #caninecancerwarrior #dogsofinstagram
David, on the other hand, wanted to help the university to get recognized for the good deed they have done. In return, he purchased a $6 million Super Bowl Ad to raise financial assistance aid to the university’s research.
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🧡Yesterday was a such a big day! My Super Bowl commercial featuring WeatherTech and The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine was released and a press conference was held at the hospital to talk about it! 🧡I love being in front of the camera so I made sure to give them my best smile!! 🧡Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Dean Mark Markel, Dr. Vail, and CEO and founder of WeatherTech(my dad) shared my story and explained how because of this commercial funds will be raised to help animals and people. 🧡The machine I’m on is the actual radiation machine that shrunk the tumor on my heart. Now the doctors are using this to hopefully get rid of the spots on my lungs. 🧡 • • • #petsmakeadifference #whosagoodboy #scoutstrong #thanksuwvetmed #dogs #caninecancerwarrior #fighter #ilovemydoctors #uwmadison #fightingcancer #SB54 #SBLIV #lofeisgolden #chemoschmemo #scoutsfriends #weathertech #weathertechpet #goldenboy #weathertechdogs #news #uwmadisonveterinaryclinic
The advertisement’s name is “Lucky Dog,” where they will feature Scout as a cancer survivor. David also expresses his desire to raise awareness about cancer. They aired the ad during the second quarter of the Super Bowl 2020.
Watch it here: