MosesGrassOn a bright, sunny day in August 2006 Matt, a 23-year-old USF college student, decided to check out the action at Serramonte Mall in Daly City. As he wandered around the mall he came upon the pet store.  In front were large aquariums filled with all sorts of tropical fish, next were the parrots, parakeets and canaries, behind them more aquariums containing snakes and lizards and at the very back, behind a large glass window were a dozen kennels each containing a puppy. Matt had been raised with dogs but at that time he was without one so he casually checked out the pups-just in case. They were all cute and forgettable until he got to a small fuzzy black guy, a Beagle/Pekinese listed as a Peagle.  He looked at the pup and the pup looked at him and the deal was done. Soon Matt was on this way home with a puppy under one arm and a bag of dog food under the other.

After getting the new pup settled into his apartment it was time for a name. He and his roommate decided that a good Jewish name would be appropriate and finally settled on…. Moses.

Matt and Moses have been hanging out together for the past nine years. In-town and out-of-town.  Yosemite, Pebble Beach, Monterey, Tahoe, LA several times, wherever Matt went Moses went along.  He didn’t care much for the ocean but loved the beach. They were the best of buddies. Aside from the occasional itchy-scratchy skin problems Moses has had no major medical issues until this past July when he suddenly stopped eating and began vomiting.  A visit to his local veterinarian revealed an abdominal mass that probably was blocking his intestine.  He was referred to Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services (AIMSS) on 9th Ave. in San Francisco where an ultrasound examination showed not only a large soft tissue mass surrounding the intestine  but also rocks within the mass that were blocking it. Surgery was performed to remove a section of the intestine that contained the mass and the rocks. The good news is that the surgery was a success and Moses is feeling great. The not-so-good news is that the mass was cancerous and he is now on chemotherapy in the hopes that it will not spread.

Matt is very grateful to Dr. Jill Williamson and the entire staff at AIMSS for the excellent care Moses received there and to SFAFA for helping to lower Moses’ medical bill to an affordable level.