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Community bands together to save Hatchi the Husky

Everyone at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Avondale, Ariz., loved working with Hatchi.

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Hatchi is a friendly 4-month-old Husky/Malamute with tons of puppy energy. So when he stopped eating and seemed too tired even to walk, Ryanna Black suspected something was seriously wrong.

And it was — Hatchi had come down with parvovirus, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease.

Ryanna knew she had to help Hatchi get better, but she also wondered how she was going to pay the veterinary bills.

But along the way, she discovered two things — Arizona is home to some excellent veterinarians and some very generous people. Thanks to both, Hatchi is now back home and back to his lovable self.

“Hatchi is doing so much better,” Ryanna said. “When he sees people coming, he jumps around everywhere because he’s so excited, just like before.”

Hatchi is like a member of the family to Ryanna, her fiance and two children, who are 6 and 3. Her son, who is 3, loves to play hide-and-seek with Hatchi.

Ryanna took Hatchi to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Avondale and also started looking online to see if there was any possibility of getting financial help for her pet.

Luckily for the whole family, a group called For the Love of Alex took up Hatchi’s cause and raised the money for his care. She is overwhelmed by the generosity of complete strangers who wanted to help.

“It really touched my heart and made me think there’s so many good people out there,” she said. “Even though they haven’t met Hatchi they did it because they have a love for animals.”

Hatchi spent five days at the BluePearl hospital in Avondale. He was given a feeding tube, fluids, antibiotics, anti-nausea medication and 24-hour, round-the-clock care. All of Phoenix’s BluePearl hospitals are open 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, with veterinarians always on duty.

The veterinarians, technicians and other staff at BluePearl all came to love Hatchi, as they worked to help him heal.

“It was just really dedicated, attentive care by all our staff — it really was a team effort,” said Rebecca Talbott, a certified veterinary technician and practice manager for the Avondale hospital.

Ryanna agrees.

“They made sure he was comfortable, they made sure he wasn’t feeling lonely, and they observed him all the time,” she said. “They did a really great job.”