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Sooner or later, we dog owners may well be faced with canine health and longevity issues that require us to make the toughest choices a dog lover can face: How aggressively should we pursue treatments for our dogs, and at what cost?

Thanks to the significant advances being made in veterinary medicine, our options are expanding and enabling our canine companions to overcome health issues that have plagued dogs and their owners for centuries.

So kudos to WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil for his brave decision this year to spend his $6 million Super Bowl advertising budget not promoting his product, but instead thanking his vet.

In the summer of 2019, Scout, Mr. MacNeil’s 7-year-old golden retriever, had an ultrasound that revealed a tumor in his heart. Further testing revealed that Scout had an aggressive form of blood cancer called hemangiosarcoma. He was given a 1 percent chance of survival and a life expectancy of about one month.

With chemotherapy and radiation treatments provided by the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Scout’s tumor shrank to 10 percent of its original size and is now almost completely gone.

Out of gratitude for the increased longevity and improved quality of life afforded to Scout by the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Oncology team, Mr. MacNeil decided to bring to a national audience an awareness of the breakthroughs and treatments now made possible by advances in veterinary science. Viewers were encouraged to donate to the school via, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the school.

Friends of Falmouth Dogs is pleased to report that Nala, our newest addition to our roster of adoptable dogs in Falmouth, is progressing well.

Nala is a smart, 3-year-old, 45-pound mixed-breed female beauty—half Husky, quarter terrier, quarter chihuahua—who has already mastered several new commands and is eager to learn more.

She is making friends and becoming even more accepting of the attentions of her many admirers. She has beautiful tan-and-white coloring and has experience living with older dogs and older children.

Nala visited the vet this week and has been given a clean bill of health. She has a great appetite and loves and responds well to treats of all kinds.

Nala appears to possess lots of energy and loves to run, so she would be very happy with an active person or a family with energetic older children.

Interest in Nala is evident and increasing, so don’t wait too long to come in and meet this lovely dog. If you think you might be interested in adopting Nala, we strongly encourage you to come to the shelter to visit with her and fill out an adoption application.

New Volunteers are Welcome!

For those of you who love dogs and might be able to spare one or two hours a week to help the Friends of Falmouth Dogs look after dogs that have become available for adoption, we are looking for you.

Volunteering entails walking, playing with and feeding dogs who are looking for a new home. Our most successful new volunteers have a general comfort level with dogs, a willingness to learn some basic techniques for handling and caring for them and the ability to commit consistently to volunteering at the shelter for one or two hours per week.

Friends of Falmouth Dogs is open to the public from 10 to 12 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 3 to 5 PM on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.

Volunteers are needed for those shifts as well as for the times when we are closed to the public but are still here looking after our dogs, from 9 to 10 AM on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday, and from 4 to 5 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Friends of Falmouth Dogs is at 150 Blacksmith Shop Road in Falmouth. We can be reached at 508-548-7742. Please visit Friends of Falmouth for more information.

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