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Tru Hero finalist: Scooter

I cannot pick one specific veterinarian to be the best, because it was a group effort to save my dogs life.  The team of vets at NC State Veterinary Teaching hospital are the best!  My Great Dane Scooter was down to 65 pounds last summer, but I thought it was the heat and the stress of me being away from him for 3 weeks.  He became unusually lethargic on a Friday night and I took him to my regular vet Dr. Covington, where she treated him and he was stable overnight. First think in the morning I got a call from them stating that he was almost unconscious and was GI bleeding, and that he needed to go to NC State.  We rushed over and got him there, they met us outside with a stretcher and rushed him into the emergency room.  I knew he was going to die that day, but I had to do everything for him.  After what seemed like hours a veterinarian came out to talk to us, he was in extremely critical condition and she felt that he had Addisons disease, and had drawn labs to determine this.  The kicker was that it was a holiday weekend and this specific lab was not run until Tuesday morning, he would surely die before then if he was not treated properly with steroids, so she wanted to start them immediately.  All of his electrolytes were totally out of whack and his potassium was 7.0– normal is 3.5 to 4.5, as an RN in an ICU I knew that this could stop his heart.  We decided to treat him and he immediately went to the ICU, and was kept 1 on 1 with a vet and a vet tech.  The next day when I went to see him he got up in his crate and was wagging his tail, a total turn around from the last time I had seen him 12 hours ago.  I spoke with the team of vets and got in the crate with him, he was hook to 4 IV’s and an ecg monitor.  I was updated twice a day via a phone call and when I went to see him everyday he was improving by leaps and bounds. The team was astounded that he was recovering so quickly.  The were hand feeding him whatever he would eat, and I did the same when I went.  He was finally eating.  He was there almost 10 days and the team at NC State saved his life. A year later he weighs 125 lbs and is totally healthy! He will need lifelong steroids by mouth and an injectable every 6 weeks, but it will be well worth it, he is my heart!  I would never have been able to afford it if I did not have Trupanion, you rock!  My bills at the vet school were paid up front by me, but I was quickly reimbursed by Trupanion.  Thanks SO MUCH!

-Kim from Raleigh, NC

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

54 Responses to Tru Hero finalist: Scooter

  1. Jan says:

    Kim is passionate about animals and it doesn’t surprise me that she would do whatever she could to save an animal, especially a dog or a cat. She deserves my vote and to win this contest!

  2. Lainie says:

    Love this story!! Go Scooter

  3. Bailey Barker says:

    What a wonderful story. What a great team at NC State.

  4. Suzette Ervin says:

    They seem to be on the ball! Good luck Scooter!

  5. reese elswick says:

    Good job taking care of my families friend,Scooter.You have such a big heart.

  6. Miranda Harris says:

    Good Job Kim/NC State vet!

  7. Claudia says:

    I didn’t know they had an ICU for pets! Hurray for renewed health!

  8. Erin Johnston says:

    This is a wonderful story…I’m glad Scooter had so much love and awesome care!

  9. Rebecca Porter says:

    Your four legged babies are lucky to have such a smart, caring mom. Great story! Way to go Kim!

  10. Sarah says:

    I remember when Scooter was so sick. Glad he’s doing so good now! Kim you are awesome! Great story!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Great story! Scooter is such a doll!!!

  12. Brandie says:

    Scotter has such a loving mom! Yay for the State Vets!

  13. Beth Foshee says:

    The world is a better place because of Scooter/Kim/Dr. Covington and the staff at the NC Vet Hospital. Hugs all around!

  14. Kim says:

    I love you Scooter!

  15. Tammy Schneider says:

    We are so thrilled that Scooter is happy and healthy now.

  16. Ann Whitt says:

    Kim you are a blessing to all animal, as I know Scooter is to you.

  17. Scott says:

    What a lucky pup. Great job all around.

  18. Sara Kowalewski says:

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing, Kim – you are a great dog momma!!

  19. Ava says:

    Wonderful story!

  20. Bev Little says:

    We love Scooter!!

  21. Zolt Selos says:

    Kim..I am so glad we at trupanion were able to help with Scooters recovery. I recently joined the trupanion team as the Territory Partner for Eastern NC. One of the principal reasons I joined is that I get to help pets and their owners thru difficult medical financial times.

    I would very much like to meet one of our success stories..ie Scooter, and you of course and if you would be so kind as to allow it, have a picture taken with me, you and him. It will be the first to be posted on my TRU HERO Wall of fame.. Could we do that please?? I’ll be happy to meet up with you two any where in the Triangle you’d like. Thank you for trusting in trupanion!

    • Kim says:

      I would love to! We could meet at NC State and you can see how they work first hand. Send me an email and we can discuss what is best. So excited!

      • Zolt Selos says:

        Hi Kim:

        Somehow I overlooked your replay last fall..poor blogging skills… Any chance you and scooter are still around for a meet up? NC State Vet school would be a perfect place..? I’ll look for your reply here… Thank you.. Zolt

  22. Beth says:

    Go Kim and Scooter!!!! Awesome story!

  23. Lisa says:

    Kim ,you crazy cat/dog lady! I’m so glad this story had a happy ending.

  24. laurie says:

    not sure what i am voting for exactly…but if it’s kimmy, then she definitely gets my vote for world’s biggest animal lover…scooter is one of her many babies that she has rescued, and she was devastated when scooter was sick. kudos to the veterinary staff at nc state for a job well done. i know scooter is forever grateful!

  25. Colette says:

    what a triumphant story!! Kim you are truly a hero.

  26. williene says:

    Great job Kim. Scooter is lucky to be around so many amazing caretakers.Thanks to the vet and NCSU vet school.

  27. Dina says:

    Love you and Scooter!! :)

  28. alexis says:

    Kim is so great with all the animals she helps. And scooter is doing wonderful and hes such a sweet dog. So loving just like his momma! Kimmy is a great foster parent and has even got others (like me) forstering as well. If anyone deserves awards its these to and NC state for their great work!

  29. Crystal says:

    Awesome job by the vets at NC State! What a way to save a life. Scooter is lucky to have such a dedicated and loving mom!!!

  30. Tobias says:

    Great story. I love great danes!

  31. Betty and Harry says:

    A beautiful success story, with Scooter, Kim, and family the winners!!

    Betty and Harry

  32. Ben says:

    Great story!

  33. ashley says:

    If it weren’t for Kimmy I wouldn’t be sitting here with a foster kitten in my lap right now (and two other foster kittens playing together in the house). She is a great pet owner and foster pet parent. Yay for the NC State Vets who are so good at taking care of animals in need!

  34. Karen says:

    It’s amazing what those vets have done for your baby Scooter! We know how much he is loved by you Kim and it sounds like those vets at State reflected that appreciation for his life as well! How awesome! They deserve recognition!

  35. Elaine says:

    I was grateful the story had a happy ending and Scooter is alive & well. The NC State vets will always have a special place in your heart.

  36. Rachel says:

    Way to go Kim and Scooter! He still has a LOT of mischief left to get into!

  37. Lindsey Kreisher says:

    I vote for Scooter!

  38. Alan and Jeanna says:

    Good Luck Scooter and Kim!

  39. Melissa Fossett says:

    I couldn’t imagine a day without a Scooter story – he’s one in a million (crooked tail and all). Plus, he’s the only dog I know who smiles! Kim’s a true animal lover, anyone who knows Kim knows it. NC State Vet hospital and all those who work there are exceptional.

  40. Kay says:

    What a great story, and what a true animal lover Kim is. Go Kim and Scooter!!

  41. Melanie Kohr says:

    My vote is for SCOOTER!!!

  42. Amy Caroll says:

    Yeah Scooter and all the staff that helped to put him back on the track to good health! My vote is for Scooter!

  43. Emma says:

    Miss Kim, thank goodness for people like you. Scooter is so lucky to have you :)

  44. Judy says:

    KIM, WAS HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT SCOOTER FROM YOUR MOM. YOUR MOM AND DAD ARE THE BIGGEST ANIMAL LOVERS I KNOW AND YOU CERTAINLY INHERITED THAT SAME LOVE. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE TRU HERO FINALIST.

  45. Jennifer WIlkins says:

    What awesome care Scooter had at NC State Vet school. Any dog that can put up with as many stinking cats as his mom fosters should win an award!!!! Vote SCOOTER!!!

  46. Sam Little says:

    I vote for Scooter

  47. jj says:

    Love that scooter!

  48. Lauren says:

    Kim, you’re amazing and Scooter is, too!! yeah for dogs named Scooter!

  49. Debbie says:

    Kim is like the Dog Lady of our Cul-de-sac. She is a big foster mom for homeless dogs and cats. She has a heart way too big to ever turn any animal away. She is always looking for new homes and is most of the time successful. She is the exact same way with her own pets and the neighbors as well. You won’t find a better animal person than Kim. She is an RN but she should have easily been a Vet.

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  51. Mary says:

    Our Great Dane, Dewey, was diagnosed with Addison’s when he was quite young; under one year of age. He was on steroids and percorten shots his entire life, which was very, very expensive. We had him with us for over 9 years, which is amazing, and now we have another Dane puppy. You can believe me we have this one insured through Trupanion. Hopefully, we will never have to file a claim, but if we do, I sleep better knowing we’ll get some relief. Glad to hear Scooter is doing well. Love my Danes!!!

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