Good Samaritan Foots Bill for Service Dog's Eye Treatment

By KBJR News 1

June 5, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Tanya Miller–Swing and her Boxer Harper are inseparable.

"She's my everything, she's there for comfort, and anxiety and she helps to calm me down," said Miller.

Two weeks ago, Harper suffered a scratch on her eye which turned into an ulcer.

Harper needed more care than Tanya, who is on a fixed income, could afford.

Losing her best friend was her biggest fear, but then another friend stepped in to help.

"Her dog had a pretty advanced ulcer on her eye that was going to require some treatment that Tanya couldn't afford. So I reached out to some people that I know in the animal community and found someone to anonymously donate some money to help her out," said Amanda Bruce, Veterinarian at PetCare of Duluth.

"Whoever this donor is, I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart, because I don't know what I would have done if I would have had to put her down or she would have lost her eye," said Miller.

Tanya and Harper live next door to PetCare of Duluth.
Since the clinic opened its doors they have been frequent visitors, stopping in as neighbors often do.

"She has become a bit of a regular, she stops by quite frequently, and I jokingly told her that if I was going to keep answering her questions all the time, that she would need to be an advocate for the clinic," said Bruce.

Those visits are now more frequent with Harper having to visit the clinic twice a week for eye treatments.

Harper is in the process of getting treatment for her eye and is expected to make a full recovery.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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