Lurch has a heart as big as his body.
This 200-pound 2-year-old English mastiff is one brave dog. He has donated blood at least 20 times to save other dogs including a dog who became ill when he got into some rat poison.
Lurch is being honored for helping other canine friends by being named one of the Livingston County (Michigan) American Red Cross’ “Everyday Heroes.”
Joni Melvin-Thiede, Lurch’s owner, said, “The blood itself goes to a lot of places like MSU and goes to certain clinics. You really don’t end up knowing which dogs he helps, but his little picture goes on each bag so the person that gets it will actually know it.”
She did admit that Lurch will sometimes get a little lightheaded near the end of each of his blood draws, which occur about once every four weeks.
Melvin-Thiede said that Lurch is extremely cooperative with the nurses and is friendly with all of the other pets in the household which include seven cats, four pugs, an American mastiff and several kittens.
“Mastiffs are just like 200-pound pugs,” Melvin-Thiede said. “They’re just as friendly and just as goofy except they have a couple more zeros at the end of the weight.”
Source: Livingston Daily