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You won’t believe these missing pet survival stories!

It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare – a beloved pet goes missing, vanishes from home, leaving the family not knowing when or if they will return. It can be an extremely stressful time for an owner, but these heart-warming stories remind us that our furry friends often come home.

Plucky Bucky, The Unstoppable Lab

black-labrador-retrieverIn January 2012, the city of Myrtle Beach, SC, introduced a ban on dogs, leading resident and black Labrador owner Mark Wessells to take his beloved Bucky to his father’s home in Virginia. According to ABC News, separated from his owner by some 500 miles, Bucky was unhappy with the situation and decided to make the remarkable journey home under his own steam.

In August that year, a local resident found Bucky wandering lonely through the area and took him in. He examined local listing websites for any trace of a lost animal fitting the description but found nothing so took the dog into the animal hospital for a health check. It was then that the hospital’s veterintortisesharian noticed the three-year-old’s microchip, and a scan of the chip revealed the owner to be none other than Mark Wessells from nearby Myrtle Beach. In an extraordinary one-dog mission down the East Coast of the United States, Bucky had found his way home. Wessells described the moment he wasreunited with his beloved pet: “I thought I was going to cry, but I didn’t. He definitely recognized me instantly.”

It’s still unclear exactly how Bucky made the journey, but what matters is that Wessells’ faithful friend found his way home without harm.

A Full Life and a Wagging Tail

Rocky-Golden-Retriever“I adopted Rocky from NorCal Golden Retriever Rescue when he was 8 months old. He was the reason I met my husband Dave. Rocky had a personality that could turn anyone who disliked dogs into a dog lover with his never ending wagging tail, and relentless love.

In June of 2014, he was 13 and we received the news he had lymphoma. My vet at at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center talked to us about treatment. There was an oral chemotherapy, which had good results for his type of cancer with minimal to no side effects. Thank goodness we had Trupanion. We decided to give it a try.
Every 3 weeks, he went in, had his blood drawn, and if his levels were good, he received his pill. So every three weeks, the vet bill was about $325. But because of our insurance, we were reimbursed for 90%.

Rocky did well and eventually we spread out the treatments. Until finally, my vet told me Rocky’s cancer was as good as cured! He finally crossed over the rainbow bridge on February 27, 2015. Because of Trupanion we were able to treat his cancer, give him a good quality of life and he gave us 8 additional months of love.

Thank you Trupanion. Those 8 months were an absolute blessing.”

Anne M.


Pleasanton, CA
Enrolled: October 2012
Condition: Lymphoma, Hypothyroidism
Trupanion Paid: $3,050.17

DIY Pet Silhouette

Pet Silhouette

This simple DIY card is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian with a personal tough. For a sophisticated personalized note for Veterinarian Appreciation Day, look no further than pet silhouettes.

DIY Pawprint Painting

Pawprint_9This simple DIY painting is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian and to involve your pet in the process. This quick craft is sure to make your veterinary hospital feel loved.

DIY Pet Treat Jar

Pet treat jar

This simple DIY treat jar is a great way to celebrate and appreciate your favorite veterinarian this Veterinarian Appreciation Day. This gift can be used in the lobby or exam rooms around the hospital. Fill it with treats for pets or people!