Thursday, December 25, 2014

Family, unable to afford surgery, is forced to give up dog. Vet performs surgery for free, returns dog to family.


As soon as Lola saw her parents Wednesday, her tail began wagging, her tongue kept licking and licking, and her whimpering all but said: I missed you guys like crazy.

Lola had a tough week. Back surgery for a slipped disk that prevented her from walking. And the prospect of a new home.
The 4-year-old dachshund’s owners also had a difficult time. Unable to afford the surgery, the Pembroke Pines couple had given up Lola to an animal rescue group.

But when Kendall veterinarian Michael Wong found out that the family couldn’t afford the $6,000 back operation, he did the surgery for free.

On Wednesday, Lola was reunited with Sumey and David Hageman, who thought they would never see Lola again.
And despite the stitches, Lola gave the Hagemans some serious doggy love.

“This is the best Christmas gift I could’ve gotten,” said Sumey Hageman, who cried even before the dog, wearing red and green bows, was brought in.
Wong cooked up the Christmas Eve surprise for the the Hagemans after he saw how heartbroken they were to give up Lola.
“I was doing the surgery, and it came to me,” he said. “I wanted to give them their dog back.”