Greyhounds: The Universal Blood Donor

As many of you are probably aware, greyhounds are generally universal blood donors.  And by universal we mean they are generally able to donate to almost any other breed of dog.  Many times over the past several years, we have been contacted by McAfee Animal Hospital about bringing in a dog to donate blood.  My own dog (actually he was my wife’s dog) Walter donated many times to help other dogs in need of blood.  In fact he donated a unit of blood that helped save my dog Curtis, when he was still a foster dog and was in dire need of blood (he is my dog, no matter what my wife says).  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that your dog, who was helped by American Greyhound in his or her time of need, was able to help another dog in their time of need.  Kind of reminds me of one of my favorite movies, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and the hero of that story, George Bailey.  Harry was able to save the life of all those men on that transport because George had been there to save his life. 

And, many times we have asked your help in creating a list of potential donor dogs so that when the call comes in there will be a “George Bailey” to help make a difference.  Well, we’re asking again, we’d really like your help.  And, to help emphasize the importance, we’ve included a story that involves a man who adopted a greyhound, who by donating his blood, made a difference in the life of another dog (not a greyhound), which of course, made a difference in the lives of that dog’s family.
 
Yohan came to American Greyhound in November of 2013, from Birmingham, Alabama.  He was adopted by Larry and Betty Engle of Warsaw, Indiana on January of 2014.  Yohan was a wonderful fit in the Engle family and shared the home with a sister, Annie.  
On the left Annie and Yohan at their Vet appointment. On the right Betty and Larry and Yohan on adoption day January 2014.
Upper left, Yohan immediately after donating blood.  Upper right, Macy, the beneficiary of Yohan’s blood donation.   And, bottom, Larry with Yohan sporting his custom made winter coat.
Larry and Betty had been contacted by Lake City Animal Clinic about providing Yohan as a blood donor to help a little pup named Macy who was in need of a blood transfusion.  As you can see by the photos above, Yohan was there when Macy needed him, because American Greyhound was there when Yohan needed them.  If that isn’t “It’s a wonderful Life” in a nutshell, I don’t know what is.
Sadly, we were contacted in May with news of Larry Engle’s passing.  As a memorial to Larry’s life and his love of his dogs, numerous donations were made to American Greyhound in Larry’s honor and we received this note:
I don’t know about you, but this is the kind of message that really makes me  feel good about what we do.  First, though he has passed on, it is very obvious that Yohan meant a great deal to Larry, and then, both Larry and Yohan were able to “pay it forward” to Macy. 
 
Exactly the kind of message we want to pass along and give you the opportunity to be a part of yourself.  Now, if after reading this, you’d like to be part of “paying it forward”, contact Jeff Coggins at (219)771-0892 or president@americangreyhound.org.  We’d love for your hound to be the next “hero”