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Paying It Forward

May 17, 2013 - Al Stephenson
I heard of this story recently and felt it was too good not to pass on. With all the bad things coming across the newswire recently, I thought this incident might make us all feel a little better about ourselves.

It seems that a dog belonging to a Tiffin couple had some health issues and was taken to a local veterinarian. The decision was made that the dog should have surgery and the doctor gave the couple an estimate of the cost of the procedure. He told them that the dog would likely be ready to come home in a day or two and the date for the operation was set.

After the successful surgery, the canine developed some problems that were not expected. Instead of a one to two day turnaround, the animal did not go home for over a week. The vet felt as bad as the couple did and chose to try to honor his estimate even though the bill would be much higher. When the couple received the bill, the local veterinarian had knocked nearly three hundred dollars from what the actual cost should have been.

The couple felt the final tab was too generous on the part of the veterinarian and wrote a check for an extra $100. They sent the check with a note thanking the doctor for the care of their pet and telling him that he could do what he wanted with the extra money. It could be put toward his expenses or used to help someone who might bring a sick or injured animal to his office even though they might not have enough money to pay for its care.

The couple was surprised to get a phone call from the vet's office a couple of weeks later. It seems that a lady had brought her dog to the office. The dog had an eye problem that really needed surgery. The woman had recently lost her mother and was taking care of her invalid father. The cost of the surgery would be almost impossible for her to cover given her situation. The veterinarian said that he had some extra money provided by one of his clients that could be used for the operation. The dog was going to get the operation.

The lady was told that if she wanted to send a thank you note to the couple, she could do so by dropping it off at the vet's office. They would see that the couple got the message.

And so it was that the couple found a thank you note in their mailbox a couple of days after the phone call. The card was sent by Sophie, the dog who had the eye operation. In it Sophie thanked the couple for helping her "mom" pay for her operation. If you are an animal lover or just someone who likes to hear of good things happening in this world, this story has to bring a smile to your face.

The view from my seat suggests that if these kind of things happened more often we could all smile more often. Next time you get a chance, perhaps you could pay it forward, just like the people in this story.


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