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A New Dog Helps a Man Recover After Open Heart Surgery

2020 was quite the year for so many and for our family, we were no exception. In January, my husband went in for a routine procedure at the hospital and long story short, we found out we were facing many obstacles for a healthy future. When he went in for this routine procedure, he was riding his bike around 20 miles a day. He enjoyed his time exercising outdoors. Well, in July he went back in the hospital for open heart surgery. He had to get a new aorta, aortic arch and valve. This is not your typical everyday heart surgery.


He was told he couldn’t ride his bike for 6 months. He started walking everyday after surgery. He was walking 5 to 6 miles daily, but he said it just wasn’t doing it. We made the decision to get a dog to go walking with him. Little did we know when we brought Walker into our lives, he would change EVERYTHING!

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As newly empty nesters, we had no clue what it would be like to bring a puppy in our home, joining our 2 older Pomeranians. He has made us whole again! He is his Daddy’s BEST Buddy and his walking friend forever! And he has completely stolen his momma’s heart!! He completed our family and won the hearts of everyone he meets!

-Stephanie J