9 years 42 weeks
Doberman Pinscher

We rescued Cassius from a local animal shelter when he was only 8 weeks old. It's been amazing watching him grow this past year! I wish I would have discovered this forum much earlier as he became very sick at the young age of 10-12 weeks and we were told to euthanize him. He was unable to walk, had muscle atrophy, and a high fever of 104.5. Veterinarians really were no help (especially the one I worked for at the time) and we were just told to "consider his quality of life" and our "wallets" since we are only in college and treatment (if there were any) would be too expensive. My boyfriend and I did not settle for this "prognosis" given to us and still tried everything we could to save our little guy. After working 50+ hours a week as a student to pay for Cassius's tests upon tests, we decided to take matters into our own hands. I consulted with a holistic veternarian in which we did a series of acupuncture and it seemed to help!! His muscles started to slowly grow back. I then decided to put him on a raw diet and he was suddenly a whole new puppy! Now, he is the happiest pup running around the dog parks of San Francisco making friends wherever he goes. :-)