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A Human In A Dog's Body

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McDuff_light1A delightful Airedale puppy arrived at the Weber home about thirteen years ago and immediately became an engrossing family member. Named “MacDuff” by Arlene Weber, a retired teacher and a rather private person and her husband Marvin, a salesman, he quickly garnered all their attention.

The Webers had lost a son, an only child and MacDuff provided them with an object of attention and affection that filled their days. At about three years of age, MacDuff developed some nasal passageway obstruction requiring surgery, eventually leaving him with two openings on the superior part of the muzzle (nose). Over time, the openings became larger and the area developed into cancer. For much of his life, whenever he sneezed, mucus was expelled through those openings and it required diligent care to keep him and his surroundings clean. The Webers were up to the task and MacDuff rewarded them with unbridled love.

The fates would unfortunately afflict Marvin Weber with lung cancer not long after and as he was unable to care for MacDuff, the personnel at LIVS managed his care and in fact, one of the members of the LIVS staff, Rose Guiliano, undertook this task and she eventually adopted MacDuff at age five. Both LIVS and Rose continued to manage a still wonderful companion dog till his eventual demise at almost thirteen years of age. MacDuff was a pet that filled a void in the Webers’ home and was loved and cared for by them, Rose and the LIVS team. Rose described MacDuff as a “human in a dog’s body”.

In remembrance of MacDuff, Arlene Weber left a generous sum to the work of the foundation at LIVS, the New York Veterinary Foundation, whose mission is to advance the collective knowledge base, both human and veterinary, through research and clinical studies that benefit both worlds. This Airedale puppy affected the lives and homes of two families and a specialized veterinary facility; the influence of his life, through the generosityof the Webers, will be felt in the work of the NYVF, work that can improve the lives of both veterinary and human patients.