Meet Sage. She is a vibrant, clever, goofy, rambunctious, gleeful Chocolate Lab. I met Sage 6 years ago when she was just a wee puppy.
Cute, isn’t she? Here’s another when she was just 12 weeks old. (By the way, I’ve shamelessly stolen these pics from her owners Facebook page–Hi Linda!)
Still stinkin’ cute, right? As you may remember from a previous blog post, (Your Dog Can Be A Hero) Sage is on her way to becoming a hero.
Sage met with the wonderful people representing the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank to determine if she would make a good voluntary canine blood donor. I tagged along to the 4 Paws Spa in Forest Hill to observe the process.
First, Sage gave the volunteers a good sniff. The next step was to make her comfortable on the table.
That step and the ones following were made easier (and yummier) for Sage because Linda kept a steady stream of kibble and peanut butter coming her way. Sage was one happy pup.
The Vet tech examined Sage, determining her comfort level with the process, and checking out the area of her neck where the blood would be drawn.
For that step, the other tech got into position and gave Sage a fully body hug while Linda kept up the flow of peanut butter and kibble.
Sage was so delighted with the treats and the constant positive attention from Linda and the tech that she didn’t even notice the needle prick and the blood draw. See how totally relaxed her legs are? She’s practically melting off the side of the table.
Sage’s blood will be tested to determine what her blood type is and screen it for any health issues that would make her unable to be a donor. (We know she’s absurdly healthy, but it’s an important step) And since Sage was so agreeable to this initial procedure Linda can now set up appointments for Sage to donate blood regularly. To find out how your dog(s) can be heroes, please contact The Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank for more information.
Tell them Sage sent you!