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New Hampshire family makes the truck to Grafton for specialized care
For the Lewis family of Salem, New Hampshire, Zoey, their Yellow Labrador, was their third child, but the first puppy they would raise. Born in February 2006, Zoey was adopted through the Humane Society in Sharon, MA when she was eight weeks old.
December 8, 2016

New to puppy ownership, Wayne Lewis says they have learned a lot from each other. She is his playmate, couch-mate, walking partner and snuggle-buddy. “She is always there for me, unconditionally, no matter what my mood. She always manages to put a smile on my face with a lick of her tongue or a wag of her tail.” When Zoey developed a condition called heart block in 2012, the Lewis family was relieved that their local veterinarian referred them to Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center. Familiar with Foster Hospital and its affiliates, they were convinced that it would be the best resource for their beloved Zoey. “Driving 1.5 hours from NH was nothing so they could give her the best care possible,” says Wayne. By 2013 her condition had progressed to third degree and was grave. Upon meeting Dr. John Rush and Dr. Vicky Yang, they fully explained the situation and their options — either they wait for her to pass or have a pacemaker implanted. In keeping with their goal to have as much time as possible with Zoey, the pacemaker was implanted in May 2013. With follow up visits every 6 to 12 months, the Lewis family says she is always treated like the princess that she is. Zoey has been happy and active since the procedure, and the Lewis family is thankful for each day they have with her. They take pride in her having completed obedience training and agility training at the top of her class, are extremely grateful to Drs. Rush and Yang and hope for many more years together.