BluePearl to provide surgery to bulldog who teaches kids about bullying


KANSAS CITY – Stanley, a 7-month-old bulldog puppy born with a cleft palate, is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday morning at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Overland Park.

Stanley is owned by Deborah Pack, a preschool teacher who uses the puppy to educate children about the effects of bullying. Doctors from BluePearl are planning to remove some of Stanley’s extra teeth and assess his soft palate. To show support for Pack’s mission, the doctors will perform the procedures free of charge.

“We’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done once we review dental films and examine him while he’s under anesthesia,” said Dr. Gary Modrcin, a board-certified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon with BluePearl. “We’re just pleased we have a chance to help Stanley and to show our appreciation for the good work he does in our community.”

Pack first began using pets in her classroom in 2003. A teacher for more than 18 years, she currently teaches at the Kidzone Creation in Liberty, Mo.

Pack adopted Stanley and his brother, Oliver, who is deaf, in November. She said the English bulldogs help her teach children about accepting those with disabilities.

Stanley and his brother, Oliver, taking a bath. Photo courtesy of Deborah Pack.

Stanley and his brother, Oliver, taking a bath. Photo courtesy of Deborah Pack.

“He shows them that it’s okay to be different,” said Pack. “Everybody has a purpose and a plan.”

Pack said her current goal is to raise awareness about animals born with cleft palates. She takes Stanley to community events and local city council meetings with the hope of someday creating a statewide Stand Up for Stanley day. She’s even created a Facebook page to chronicle her progress.

Pack said Stanley takes all the attention in stride.

“He’s very calm – he has no hurries and no worries,” she said. “He’s really terrific with the kids. There’s just so much compassion in his little heart.”