Hogan is one brave hero. Every eight weeks he makes the hour long journey from his Illinois home to an animal hospital where he donates his blood. And this eight-year-old Australian Shepherd doesn’t seem nervous about doing it.
Hogan’s owner, Kim Sipple, first took her dog to donate blood four years ago when she learned about the demand at a pet fair. She says that now, people are more willing to spend the necessary money to provide treatment for ailing pets. This means there is more of a need for blood donations from canines.
When Hogan enters into the animal hospital, he jumps onto a chair in the waiting room. His collar has a pink tag in the shape of a heart that says he is a blood donor. The blood donor coordinator does a quick physical on Hogan and checks his red blood cells. She checks the color of his gums and his heartbeat and pulse.
A few minutes later, this brave hero is on his side while a circular spot is shaved around his neck. As the needle goes into Hogan’s vein, he does not even flinch.
Hogan donates 450 milliliters, or one canine unit of blood. He saves four lives with each donation. The hospital has said that they have used every bit of blood that Hogan has donated. They say that this dog has saved many lives.
From Courier News:
“It takes an exceptional dog to be a donor,” Falish [blood donor coordinator/manager of the animal hospital] says. “A huge part of donating is to have a good disposition.”
Falish says most people don’t realize veterinarians need animal blood until their pet faces a medical emergency. Just like with human blood, there is a shortage of animal blood, she says.
“The human-animal bond is so great nowadays,” Falish says. “The field of veterinary medicine is getting closer and closer to human medicine and vets are using blood products. The demand is there but not the supply.”
Sipple and her son, Danny, have two other dogs besides Hogan. Danny has spina bifida, and Sipple began training Hogan as a certified therapy dog for Danny. Hogan has worked with autistic children and the elderly in the area.
She says that she brings in Hogan to donate blood every eight weeks to give back. She says that she has so many blessings in her life. By doing this, she feels that she can bring a little happiness in someone else’s life.
Sipple also tries to bring awareness of the need for donations whenever she can. She simply wants to save lives.
Thank you Hogan for all that you do to save the lives of other dogs.