(Nov. 7, 2014)– A local dog living abroad is getting national attention!
Last July, Sheridan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely aggressive bone tumor. In order to slow down the spreading of the cancer and reduce his pain, Sheridan’s right forelimb was amputated.
Sheridan’s owners, veterinary students Morgan and Zach, created a video to show how determined a man’s best friend truly is.
The video takes viewers on an emotional journey, following the life of Sheridan before and after his amputation. Even while enduring chemotherapy for six months, the adorable pooch continues to act like his energetic self, rolling around in the sand, jumping into pools and chasing tennis balls.
Morgan and Zach, who currently attend veterinary school on the island of Grenada at St. George’s University, made the video to document their experience treating osteosarcoma and to show the endless resiliency of their beloved dog.
The median survival time for osteosarcoma after amputation and chemotherapy is generally eight months to a year. While there is limited time left for Sheridan, his owners are focused on giving him an excellent quality of life.
Morgan tells FOX59 News Sheridan was named after the Indiana town he was found in when he was just a stray puppy in 2007. After being adopted, Morgan says Sheridan, who is great with other dogs, helped to socialize other stray and foster pups.
Sheridan’s good work didn’t stop there. His owners say Sheridan was a canine blood donor in Grenada and saved the life of a security dog in need of a blood transfusion.
If you would like to donate to help cover the costs of Sheridan’s chemotherapy and pain management, visit his YouCaring page. Any excess funds will be donated to Bone Cancer Dogs, a non-profit organization that works to exclusively fund research for canine bone cancer, and promote awareness and education about the disease.
Sheridan and his owners plan to return to Indiana in December.
By Josie Langhorst