His loving dog was given only a month to live.
But the owner could not accept the thought of losing his best friend and is now thanking the veterinarian clinic that saved him with a $6 million Super Bowl ad.
David MacNeil’s 7-year-old golden retriever, Scout, fell down in the summer of 2019, and a doctor told him the pet had cancer and only a month of life left, as per NBC Madison, Wisconsin affiliate WMTV.
“There he was in this little room, standing in the corner… and he’s wagging his tail at me. I’m like, ‘I’m not putting that dog down. There’s just absolutely no way,” said David, founder and CEO of WeatherTech, a company that creates car accessories.
He then brought the dog, who is an unofficial mascot to his company, to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Scout had a 1% chance of surviving, but veterinarians treated him with intense chemotherapy and radiation that almost destroyed the tumor.
David was so happy for the 30-second long ad, which opens with Scout having a great time on the beach while we listen to his life story. It is called “Lucky Dog”.
The ad is an encouragement call for viewers to donate to the veterinary school’s research.
Mark Markel, Dean of the school, told WMTV that the ad is great for both veterinary medicine and cancer research, as it could benefit humans.
“This is an amazing opportunity not only for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the School of Veterinary Medicine, but for veterinary medicine worldwide,” he said.
Animal cancer studies often help doctors better understand cancer in people, he noted.
“So much of what’s known globally today about how best to diagnose and treat devastating diseases such as cancer originated in veterinary medicine.”
David hopes the ad will have a positive impact.
“I hope it has a positive impact on cancer for animals and people, all over the world.”
You can watch Scout’s add by clicking the video link below.
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