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Meet Our Retired Hero PSD Clive

We are BARKING with joy that we get to share with you the journey of our retired hero PSDClive! Clive was born in Innisfail, Alberta, and entered into the Puppy Imprinting program with Cst. Matt Young (Cool side note… Clive started his career with Matt and ended up retiring to have Matt and his wife Leah become his Pawfect Parents! Life comes full circle, just like a
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Brando – Part 7: We all need a little help from our friends

Brando is a social dude, and one of his favourite things is to develop relationships with all the people he meets along the way.  Brando’s family told us he wanted to thank three of those special people who made his stay in Calgary that much more fun. First up, Brando wants to give a huge shout out to our very own
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Brando – Part 6: Radiation Graduation

On January 7, our retired hero Brando completed his radiation treatment and was cleared to come home for good. His mom was working and unable to come pick him up, but a few friends, including the wonderful Ned’s Wish VP Tatiana Alexanian, and Dr Sweet’s team were able to put together a special graduation ceremony for Brando before he came
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Brando – Part 5: Treatment side effects

Did you know? Aspiration pneumonia is an extremely common side effect of dogs who have had brain surgery. Thankfully for our retired hero Brando, his treatment teams did know that, and gave our sweet boy every advantage possible to get him through not one, not two, but THREE bouts of aspiration pneumonia post surgery. His first bout happened during his
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Brando – Part 4: Radiation

Brando completed a 4 week low dose course of radiation with the wonderful folks at VCA Canada Animal Hospitals with Dr Katherine Sweet and her fantastic team. His treatment started on December 6, however the previous week Brando went in for a CT scan. This was to get an updated view of the treatment site post surgery, and also take
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Brando – Part 3: Surgery

Retired Hero Brando had brain surgery on November 17 under the capable hands of Dr Casey Smith of Pulse Veterinary. This risky surgery was part one of a two part treatment plan for Brando’s meningioma detailed in our part 1 and 2 posts. Dr Smith worked very hard on Brando, keeping his safety forefront in her mind through out the
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Brando – Part 2: Treatment Plan

Remember Brando and his fight against meningioma? After his initial diagnosis in Prince Edward Island, Brando traveled home to Alberta with his mom, and completed consults with two outstanding veterinarians, neurologist Dr Casey Smith of Pulse Veterinary, and oncologist Dr Katherine Sweet of VCA Canada Animal Hospitals. Dr Smith and Dr Sweet carefully detailed all the options available for Brando’s meningioma, and after careful consideration, Brando’s mom opted
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Dirk’s Journey

At the beginning of January Dirks’ mom found him one early Saturday morning standing in their entryway facing the corner with his tail tucked between his legs, breathing heavily. Originally she thought that he may have had an accident in the house as he was acting a little embarrassed, but while she called him up the stairs, she noticed that
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Ned’s Wish on Under Reserve Podcast

A heartfelt gratitude to Daniel for having Stacey and Phil on the Under Reserve Podcast. Through this episode, we get an inside look at the difficult, and often dangerous work Police Service Dogs have to do during their careers. Due to the nature of their work, their life in retirement is usually impacted in no small manner. Stacey shares her
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Goodbye, Gibson

On October 10th 2021 Sgt Dale Ristau was away with his family for the Thanksgiving weekend, including his partner, 7 Year old Police Service Dog Gibson.  During the trip Gibson became ill and was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic on Vancouver Island.  There, it was discovered that Gibson had a rupture on his spleen causing massive internal bleeding and