BluePearl doctors save dog of military officer scheduled for deployment

Photo courtesy of the Mote family.

Colt. Photo courtesy of the Mote family.

KANSAS CITY – When Colt, a 1-and-a-half-year-old mixed breed dog, is released to his family from BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital Friday evening, the reunion will be especially sweet.

They don’t have much time before Colt’s “dad,” U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kelvin Mote, is deployed for his fifth trip to the Middle East. But now that Colt is recuperating from the emergency surgery he received Thursday, at least the family can spend it together.

Lt. Col. Mote and his wife, Brandy, brought Colt to the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Overland Park Wednesday night because he was vomiting. An ultrasound revealed the pup had ingested a foreign object. On Thursday, Dr. Steve Riley, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, removed what appeared to be a piece of a rubber stopper from Colt’s intestines.

To thank Lt. Col. Mote for his service, BluePearl discounted the cost of care and Frankie’s Friends pet foundation is stepping in to help with the cost of Colt’s care, which is estimated to be about $5,000. To donate, click here.

The Motes rescued Colt and his sister, Kimber, from a facility for strays when the pups were only 8 weeks old. They picked Colt at least in part because he had a deformed left front paw.

“We were afraid no one else would want him,” said Brandy Mote. “It doesn’t slow him down at all. He loves to go on walks and he really enjoys chasing squirrels.”

The Motes say they’re very grateful for the help they’ve received to pay for Colt’s care, especially given the stress surrounding the deployment.

“Sometimes life comes at you all at once,” said Brandy Mote. “We really appreciate everything the community has done for us.”

Colt snuggling with his sister Kimber. Photo courtesy of the Mote family.

Colt snuggling with his sister Kimber. Photo courtesy of the Mote family.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs 2,400 team members including more than 500 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa FL.