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A Touching Thank You Card From A Dog Parent I Have Never Met

Rusty The Shih Tzu Helped By Dr. Roger's Podcast

I was amazed recently to have received a thank you card in the mail from a listener of my podcast.  I received it at my clinic one morning, and the message it contained moved me beyond words.  The image above is the cover of the card with a picture of the little dog my podcast had somehow helped.  It was a beautiful custom made card with a message both from “Rusty” and from his Mom.  They read as follows:

Thank you for saving my life!

It is one year ago this month that my Mom heard your May 1, 2014 podcast, changed my diet from chicken to lamb, and changed my life.  We found a high end human grade food I just love and it made all of the difference in the world.

I am now a very happy, extremely healthy, little Shih Tzu that’s living the good life thanks to your caring and dedication.


From Rusty’s Mom in her own hand writing:

If it wasn’t for your podcast this beautiful little dog would most likely not be alive today.  I thank you every day I look at his happy little face.  Rusty has been healthy – really healthy all year on a human grade diet and we watch him enjoy snacks and treats for the first time.  He’s a very special guy – smart, sassy, loving, and full of life.  He brings joy to everyone he meets.  I can’t thank you and Dr. Karen enough.


I have on many occasions in my career been moved by playing a role in saving a pet’s life as his/her primary veterinary health provider for it is not only my job by my sworn oath as I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  This is a first in my 15 plus years of practice that anyone has told me that my media work played a prominent role in helping to save the life of a furry family member.  I am grateful to Maxine for sharing Rusty’s story with me and sending that beautiful card…I will keep it forever.

Rusty is absolutely beautiful and looks like a lovingly cared for little prince.

Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality throughout a number of subjects and platforms.  In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport.  He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health  blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.

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