After Scott Clare’s wife died, the high school teacher from California adopted the now-14-month-old Black Labrador Retriever, who he later named Buck-O.
The Lab was named after baseball player Buck O’Neil, a reflection of Scott’s love of baseball.
But when Clare took Buck-O to get neutered, the doctors noticed that he has an abnormal heartbeat.
“The range is 70 to 160 for dogs and he was always over 160,” Scott said.
Buck-O was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia, a rare condition where a dog has a rapidly fast and sometimes irregular heartbeat.
This left Scott a very tough decision to make.
“So my choices were spend a lot of money or hang on to him until he has a horrible death and I wasn’t gonna do that,” he said.
Scott did the best he could to save his beloved bestfriend.
The only option was to travel cross country to Cincinnati, where Buck-O could undergo ventricular ablation, a complicated surgery that had never been performed on a dog.
Scott and Buck-O traveled 2,300 miles by car — an adventure that made Buck-O many friends.
“I think they liked the story, the story of him being the first ever,” Scott said.
“And, you know, look at his face. He’s got such a beautiful face.”
And at the same time, it made Clare very nervous.
“I went to the hospital,” he said.
“They’re open all night. I went to the hospital I think at 2 or 3 in the morning and just sat with him because I couldn’t sleep anyway.”
Eight hours and more than $10,000 later, Buck-O had a successful surgery.
The bestfriends indeed crossed boundaries. They made more memories and strengthen the bond of their friendship.