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Case of the Month

A Star Was Born

A Star Was Born

Nellie was a Jack Russell Terrier who had ‘Movie Star’ written all over her. Not only did she once belong to a major celebrity, but she also had movie star good lucks. Even better than all of that she will live on forever as a legend in the heart of the man who came to love her dearly.

That man’s name was Roger. Roger did a lot of construction work for Charles Bronson’s residences. Whenever he came up to Mr. Bronson’s main residence, Nellie would be keeping an eye out for Roger, poking her head out of the main gate in anticipation. When she saw him she’d jump up and down and tear off across the half acre yard to come careening back to greet him.

 When Mr. Bronson became ill, Roger was invited to live at the Bronson’s house to take care of Nellie, her sire, Spud, and two other Jack Russells, Jimmy, and Megan. After Mr. Bronson’s death, the family asked if Roger would like to keep Nellie and Spud, and he accepted gratefully because he’d fallen head over heels for Nellie.

 “She made friends everywhere she went and loved to be petted.” said Roger. “She was a knock out as far as her looks went, too. She had these gorgeous white eyelashes. I just couldn’t get over them.”

 Roger, Nellie, and Spud settled into a happy family life. Nellie had her own bed, but every morning she’d trot around her home to make sure everyone was awake, treating Roger especially by washing his face with her tongue. Every morning they’d go out for their walk. People would warn Roger that he should put Nellie on a leash, but he didn’t listen to them. He knew Nellie would always come back to him. She was his little baby.

One night, when Nellie was about ten years old, Roger took her out for a night walk. She ran about 100 feet and then just dropped. Roger thought she was dead, but gave her mouth to mouth and revived her. He took her to their regular vet who drained the fluid that collected in the sac around her heart. Roger and Nellie had three episodes like this, and the costs were mounting up as each treatment was $1000 each. Roger changed vets and discovered Dr. Zimmerman at Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale.

“She was fantastic,” said Roger. “She was very comforting and she helped me a lot.” Dr. Zimmerman diagnosed Nellie with pericardial effusion with tamponade and advised a thoracotomy and subtotal pericardectomy. While Roger had some savings he needed some help and Dr. Zimmerman suggested the Angel Fund.  

“Dr. Zimmerman told me all of my choices, but when they did the tests, they didn’t find any cancer. So, I went ahead with treatment for Nellie. The Angel Fund made it easier for me because I was dealing with so many expenses. Without that help, I would have had to stop going,” said Roger.

The evening of September 29th, 2010, Roger heard Nellie let out a little scream. He ran to the bathroom and gathered her in his arms. That’s where she died.

“I spent about $8000 on her myself because Nellie was about the most important thing in my life. I would have spent another $8000 if I could have, if it would have saved her life. She won my heart.”

Roger and Spud miss Nellie immensely, but the joy Nellie brought to their lives will never be forgotten.

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