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Archive for Saturday, April 16, 2011

Guide dog undergoes surgery with help from community

April 16, 2011, 7:44 p.m. Updated April 17, 2011, 9:04 a.m.

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Comet the guide dog underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a life-threatening tumor and is on her way to recovery.

And Comet’s owner, Kansas University graduate student Chikako Mochizuki, said her beloved companion of nearly a decade is enjoying being pampered as she recovers at the Kansas State University Veterinary Clinic.

Receiving daily updates from staff, Mochizuki said Comet — featured in a Journal-World article last week — has taken to being spoon fed by staff.

“Speaking of a princess,” Mochizuki said.

Thanks to an outpouring of community support, Mochizuki said, the $6,000 needed for the surgery has been raised. In addition, she’s received emails from people offering rides to visit Comet and even an offer to throw Comet a party when she returns home.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Mochizuki said. “I have no idea how to thank everyone.”

Though the surgery went well, Mochizuki said Comet still has a long road to recovery.

“It’s a slow process,” she said.

But she’s hopeful and said the strong support helped her get through the tough days.

“The kind thoughts for Comet kept me going every day,” she said.

Chikako Mochizuki and her seeing eye dog, Comet, on a trip to New Mexico in 2009. Last week Comet had a tumor removed by clinicians at the Kansas State Veterinary Clinic on April 13. With help from community donors, Mochizuki was able to raise the $6,000 needed for the surgery.

Chikako Mochizuki and her seeing eye dog, Comet, on a trip to New Mexico in 2009. Last week Comet had a tumor removed by clinicians at the Kansas State Veterinary Clinic on April 13. With help from community donors, Mochizuki was able to raise the $6,000 needed for the surgery.

Comments

RoeDapple 3 years ago

The cost of training a guide dog can run as high as $20,000. This was "cost effective", not only for the value of the service dog, but also for the friendship and love Comet and Chikako share. Money well spent.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years ago

And my choice will never be to any organization that supports your mindless mindset.

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TheEleventhStephanie 3 years ago

"...organization of their choice."

That's just it! Their choice! And when you donate money, then it can be your choice where it goes.

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sad_lawrencian 3 years ago

I hate to be the contrarian (again), but this was a dog, and an old one at that. $6000 could go a long way to helping a child who has cancer. Or raising money for a homeless shelter. Or making a donation to the scholarly or religious organization of your choice. But raising $6000 for surgery for a dog? Really!

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redmoonrising 3 years ago

Here's wishing Comet a full recovery.

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