March/ April Blog!
We have another family full of awesome blood donors to
feature for March/April. From our donation site in Annapolis Maryland. Hoffman
animal hospital took over that part of our donor pool when Severn River retired
as a site with us. We have so many donors that we visit them twice in a six
week period. The Rassa pack is our featured family. Owner Kim Rassa from Severn
Maryland seems to have a big weak spot in her heart for her sweet pit mixes.
Let us tell you a little bit about her 4 donors Bartlett, Lily, Jinnie, Baloo,
Max. They all came from Baltimore-based rescues or shelters such as BARCS,
Pitties & Purrs, and Recycled Love.
Bartlett her white and tan male, was
a donor with the original EVBB blood bank in Severna Park and started donating
in 2007. He donated with us for 6 years, giving over 3 gallons of blood before contracting
a serious tick borne illness called Babesia and being retired as one of our
Rock Stars! He was a “foster failure” and they decided to keep him and was
their first foray into the world of pitbulls.
black male, is the baby of the family. He is another foster failure but who
could resist those cute big ears and his goofy grin. He is Jinnie’s playmate
and “boyfriend”. He has been donating for a year and is already up to 6 pints!
Baloo is so handsome. Mom says he is
very shy and low energy. He is always a challenge in getting started with his
donation because he doesn’t have much of a neck ;) but he is over a gallon in
donations! He first came to his family
suffering from mange but they could not resist that adorable little face.. Who
could?! What a doll.
Lily is the
gorgeous brindle gal to the left. She is the longest donor in the fam. She is
approaching 8 years in the program and her retirement later this year. Mom says
she is the model and teacher for all of their other donors. She has given over
6 gallons of blood. The lifesaver of all lifesavers! Her donations have saved
dozens and dozens of family pets. When Kim got her as a puppy, she had mange so
badly that you could not tell the color of her coat. She was another foster
failure but definitely the queen of the house!
Jinnie is Kim’s gray female. She is their “crazy girl” who has donated over 4 gallons. What an accomplishment! She is the classic dog that people look at and think “Heck no she couldn’t sit still to donate blood” Such a little wiggle worm. She is a quick donation because she is so committed to the process! She came to the Rassa family with a broken leg but she never lets anything stop her. She just a determined sort of gal.
January donation site and donor feature! This one is a doozie! Kingsbrook Animal Hospital has been a key player in recruiting the most awesome donors in the Frederick area. They feature us on their FB page, their blogs, their events, and their website! They are featuring a bunch of our donor dogs and our staff this month. They really are a part of our family. This month we are featuring a family full of donors that come to Kingsbrook. The Valukas Gang! Herman and Holly (the English Mastiffs), Soapy and Talia ( the Swiss Mountain dogs), and of course their wonderful owner Michelle. Team work makes the dream work in their household. Michelle brings all four dogs and sometimes even a kid or two to their donation trip once every six weeks at Kingsbrook. The dogs are between 3-5 years of age and are total sweethearts. This is nothing short of 500 pounds of dog at least. All four have been donating with us since April 2015 and all are the same blood type. Can you guess whether they are 1.1 positive or 1.1 negative? Lets give a big thanks to our donor family and their donation site in Frederick, Maryland!
A thank you from a blood recipient owner.
"This is just a small note to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the plasma I picked up for our local clinic. What went from being an emergency surgery, within a week turned into a life and death situation and without the plasma transfusion, my sweet doberman would have died. Today, she is back to being the crazy girl that I know and love.
Thank you so much"
Thought I would pass this along.
If I Didn't Have A Dog...Or Cat......
I could walk barefoot around the yard in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and
All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture, and cars would
When the doorbell rings, my home wouldn't sound
Like a kennel.
When the doorbell rings, I could get to the door without
Wading through all the fuzzy bodies who beat me there.
I could sit on the couch and my bed any way I wanted,
Without having to take into consideration how much
Space several fur bodies need to get comfortable.
I would have enough money, and no guilt, to go on
A real vacation.
I would not be on a first-name basis with 6 veterinarians,
As I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.
The most used words in my vocabulary would not be:
"out," "sit," "down", "come," "no," "stay,"
And "leave it ALONE.
My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby
gates and makeshift barriers.
I would not talk 'baby talk'. 'Eat your din din'. 'Yummy
Yummy for the tummy'..
My house would not look like a day care center, with toys
My pockets would not contain things like poop bags, treats
And an extra leash.
I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L,
W-A-L-K, T-R-E-A-T, O-U-T, G-O, R-I-D-E, S-U-P-P-E-R,
I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as
I would not look strangely at people who think having
ONE dog/cat ties them down too much.
I'd look forward to spring and the rainy season instead
Of dreading them as 'mud' season.
I would not have to answer the question: 'Why do you
Have so many animals?' from
people who will never know the joy of being loved
unconditionally by the closest thing to an angel they
will ever encounter.
How EMPTY my life would be!!!
So I thought I would kick start our new blog with a story of how dogs most often put others before themselves. It ties into how important the gift of blood donation can be from your best friend to someone else's.
It was about 6:30pm this past Tuesday night. I was still in the office catching up on some paperwork and taking random phone calls. The transfer comes in, a phone call from a vet in Alabama that has an emergency. After I took the order I asked what kind of emergency the blood was for, I will do this on occasion to see how many different situations that our products can help with. They needed blood for a dog that was diagnosed with leukemia. But this poor guy was extra special. With bloodwork showing he was on his last leg, upon is arrival to the clinic, the technician said he walked through the door, into a room where a little girl that he did not know was crying. He climbed upon the bench she was sitting on to lay next to her to comfort her. Something had been wrong with her doggy and he had to cross the rainbow bridge.
Despite how bad this sick dog felt, he knew she needed comforting. Putting his aches and pains aside, for what could have been his last stoic act, I imagined him putting his head on her lap as to say " It's ok." The blood was shipped that night to arrive the next morning. I normally do not get any word back on the outcomes of these cases. But we gave it our best. The volunteer canine donor who provided that blood gave what could have been the gift of life for this dog. Please consider your dog for our volunteer program! Let your best friend be a best friends' hero.re.