Norman the Scooter Dog Needs Help With Cancer Treatments
Norman the Scooter Dog set Guinness World Records for being the fastest dog on a scooter in 2013. Norman was on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2011, wowing people with his ability to ride a scooter and a bike like humans do, and people fell in love with the Briard, who is now seven-years-old.
In June, his human Karen Cobb noticed he had swollen lymph nodes on one of his back legs and chin. Turns out, Norman was diagnosed with Stage 4 lymphoma, which typically takes a dog’s life in two to eight weeks after diagnosis without treatment.
It was imperative that Norman get chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant as fas as he could, but that is quite costly, even for a World Record breaker. A GoFundMe page was set up, and donors generously gave more than $23,000 to pay for his treatments. Animal cancer charity The Perseus Foundation agreed to match donations of up to $10,000 for his care and after chemo treatments near his home in Canton, Georgia, he traveled to California at the end of September for a bone marrow transplant.
He is being treated by Dr. John Chretin, with VCA West Los Angeles Animal hospital, and regular updates are posted to his Facebook page. Daily, Norma has required platelet infusions that cost $2,000 per infusion, as they are trying to get his platelet count to 10,000. According to a recent update, the procedure seems to be working as the doctors are seeing new platelets that look like Norman’s and not transfused platelets.
A Briard’s lifespan is typically 12-14-years-old, so he still has many years left to wow people with his antics, should the treatment be successful. As of this writing, poor Norman was having a hard time, with fever returning and doctors worried about a virus he may have contracted. His mama wants it known that contrary to other media coverage saying all the funds needed to treat him have been raised, they have not, and any donations to help him would still be appreciated on their GoFundMe Page.
We are sending our best healing thoughts to Norman!
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