Michigan English Mastiff Lurch Honored by American Red Cross for Donating Blood 20 Times

Big barks for Lurch!!! Thanks to AOL News for this article. Dog Honored for Donating Blood AP Posted: 2008-02-19 HOWELL, Mich. (Feb. 19) - He's...

Joy  |  Feb 20th 2008


Big barks for Lurch!!!

Thanks to AOL News for this article.

Dog Honored for Donating Blood
AP
Posted: 2008-02-19

HOWELL, Mich. (Feb. 19) – He’s donated blood 20 times and is being honored by the Livingston County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Lurch, a 200-pound English Mastiff, is being honored by his local American Red Cross chapter in Michigan. The 2-year-old has donated blood 20 times, helping dozens of dogs.

Not bad for a 200-pound, 2-year-old English mastiff who answers to the name Lurch. He’ll receive the chapter’s “Pet’s Best Friend” award at an event here Thursday.

“We’re doing something different this year,” executive director Diane Serra said. “We’re honoring Lurch because he’s actually donated blood.”

Lurch’s owner, Joni Melvin-Thiede, said Lurch donates blood for other canines about once every four weeks. His blood has helped dozens, including saving one dog who got into some rat poison.

“You really don’t end up knowing which dogs he helps, but his little picture goes on each bag so the person that gets it will actually know it.”

Besides being cooperative with nurses, Lurch is also friendly with his housemates: four pugs, seven cats and the occasional litter of kittens. There’s also an American mastiff named Lucas, who teams with Lurch to eat about 200 pounds of food per month.

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