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Case of the Month

Angel Fund Gives Big Lift to Jack and His Dog, Eula

A few years ago, Jack Wilhite lost his mother, Eula.  It was a severe blow and he found himself depressed and unhappy.

About six months after her death, a friend asked Jack to go to lunch.  She picked him up at his home in Anaheim and drove to Redondo Beach.  Then, she said, she wanted to make a stop to “look at some things.”

She parked in front of a pet store and, Jack said, “we walked in and I was looking at the puppies. And I kind of fell in love with two dogs.  One was a cockapoo that was kind of sitting in the background all by herself.”

That “was the one we [she and other friends] were hoping we could get for you,” the friend said. “That’s the one we picked out to give you as a gift.”  Jack named the dog “Miss Eula B” after his mother.  Before the dog came into his life, he had been “wasting away in a fit of despair. I was depressed,” he said. “I am a senior citizen and this is my life companion and she has meant a lot to me. She loves me in unrequited fashion. She doesn’t care if I’ve got some depression issues. She jumps up on the sofa or the bed and sits with me. She just wants to be with me. She’s my constant companion. She’s happy to go where I want to go. She’s sad when I have to leave her.”

But in January, 2014, Eula had a problem. She was in great duress,” Jack said.  She couldn’t urinate.  Every time she tried, she would shake and fall over. “ Jack took her to an emergency clinic. He was told that his dog needed surgery  -- and soon.  He took her to Garden Grove Dog and Cat Hospital where Dr. Mark Malo performed a cystotomy and removed several stones from her bladder, “some as big as your thumb.”

Jack, a divorced veteran who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, will be 67 in the fall. HHe has severe arthritis and lives on a Social Security disability check. When Dr. Malo learned that Jack could not afford the surgery, he told him about Angel Fund. “When Dr. Mark recommended it to me, I cried,” Jack said. “It was a matter of putting the dog down or having her live. I grew up in South Central Los Angeles and I was not used to people doing things out of a clear blue sky for you.”

Angel Fund contributed $636.70 to Eula’s surgery.  “It opened up a whole new world for me,” Jack said. “Before, to me, it was do unto others before they get a chance to do something to you.”   

Today, Miss Eula B is doing well.  “Dr. Mark,” Jack said, “comped me an x-ray to check Eula’s bladder” a few months ago. She is on medication to prevent the formation of more stones and Jack is hoping that she will be not need antibiotics much longer.  She will be seven years old in September.

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