Friday, February 04, 2011

The Passing of a Great Man

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of a kind and wonderful man, Dr. Thomas E. Sooy.

Dr. Sooy was Sam's orthopedic surgeon.  He performed a total hip replacement and a Fascial Graft/Lateral Suture Stabilization (LSS) procedure on Sam's left knee when he blew his ACL.  Dr. Sooy also provided us with a free consultation when we adopted Loki, who was born with a severely deformed foot, and advised us to let him be the puppy he was and not pursue painful surgical reconstruction.  Loki continues to run like the wind despite his deformity, and lives a pain free and happy life, as does our Sam.

In 1988, Dr. Sooy founded and operated Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services in Catonsville, Maryland and cared for a lot of animals despite battling Hodgin's Lymphoma.  You would never guess from his patience, and caring that he was even sick.  He cared for his patients like they were his own pets, and even provided pro bono surgical services to the Whippet Rescue group, a breed he owned and loved.

I, personally, recommended him to all of my pet friends and even to rescues and to the readers of Gimpy Dogs, and heard nothing back but the best from those I sent to him. 

In July 2010 he retired and sold his practice to Dr. Honor A. Walesby, DVM.  In October he was in Seattle to receive a bone marrow stem cell transplant and died of complications following that procedure.

It was always comforting to know that he would be there in case one of our pups hurt themselves, or knowing that I could send a pup in need to him for care.  He will be missed.

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