When I lost my best friend Lucky of twelve years to a stroke last summer, I never realized what a traumatic experience that would be. It took me almost a year to even consider the idea of getting another dog and while I love our new addition to the family dearly, she will never replace him. Ironically, Sadie’s personality is the exact opposite and perhaps that is a good thing, it affords me the luxury to remember him as he was.
It was a Sunday afternoon, I had taken a nap and when I woke up, Lucky had passed on.
Frantic, I attempted to call our veterinarian but was unsuccessful. After several phone calls to various shelters and to anyone that I thought could help, I was informed that I had to wrap our poor little furry friend in some garbage bags until the next day when it would be possible to bring him to the hospital for cremation.
I “prepared” my best friend and placed him in the basement because it was the coldest place in the house.
The next day we put him in the trunk of our car and brought him to the clinic. I won’t go into the specifics of that, suffice to say, it was the most horrific thing I have ever had to do. No one should ever have to experience this. I still have nightmares of the day I had to simply “dispose of” the dog who stood by my side through thick and thin.
It was not until this terrible experience happened that I first learned about K911 animal ambulance.
During a conversation on Facebook about Lucky my friend gave me the link and I began to investigate this service I had heard so much about. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that not only was there an amazing medical transport service for pets but, one of the owners of the company was someone I had known for a number of years and I could attest to the fact that he loved dogs. Rodney McLean, one of the owners of K911 had helped my first dog on a number of occasions when I lived in the city.
I sure wish I was able to call him the day Lucky died, I am sure it would have been less traumatic and heartbreaking to have someone by our side who could offer support and guidance during this difficult time.
K911 animal ambulance offers a number of specialized services to Montreal Pet owners such as emergency medical services, pet transport, deceased pet removal, home euthanasia and home pet care.
The service was created when Rodney’s own dog Timba was injured and refused transport by a Taxi because the dog was in obvious distress and bleeding.
When an accident occurs and you are miles away from home, your car is unavailable or your veterinary clinic is closed, having a service such as K911 becomes invaluable to a pet owner. It can be the difference between life or death for them.
For anyone who has ever owned a Lucky, Timba or Calico, you already know that Rodney and his team of dedicated animal rescuers have provided the city with a service worthy of Montreal local hero status and while I know that Rodney would never agree to be called a hero, anyone in my books who takes a negative experience and turns it into a positive one for others is a hero to me. I am sure Lucky would agree!
If not for K911 animal ambulance many of Montreal’s beloved pets, companions and family members would die needlessly.
For more information on K911, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/K911-Animal-Ambulance-Ambulance-Animaux-d…