Help needed for veteran’s dog hurt on Veterans Day

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – On Veterans Day last week, a Vietnam veteran named Kevin Knight suffered a terrible moment – his Yorkshire terrier darted into the street, right into the path of an oncoming car.

picture of dog in hospital

Makenzie at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Auburn Hills, Mich., where she received surgery for a fractured pelvis

Makenzie, also called “Mak,” was struck by the car and suffered four fractures in her pelvis.

So expert veterinarians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and the staff of the national charity Frankie’s Friends, are stepping in to provide surgery to make Mak well again.

Dr. Lindsay Phillips, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at BluePearl’s Auburn Hills, Mich., hospital, repaired the most serious fracture by using five surgical screws to place a stainless steel plate on Mak’s pelvis. “I think her prognosis is excellent,” Dr. Phillips said.

Meanwhile, Frankie’s Friends is asking for the public’s help to raise money to pay the cost of the surgery.  Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to families with pets who need lifesaving care. Those who would like to contribute to help Mak are encouraged to click here.

Knight said he walked across the street to the mailbox with Mak on Friday, just like he does every day. He turned to go back to the house, but paused to wait for traffic. Mak is very attentive and normally does not move until Knight says it’s OK to do so.

This time, for some reason, Mak went into the street and was struck by a car. A relative recommended he rush Mak to BluePearl, which was open on Veterans Day, and in fact has veterinarians on duty 24 a day, every day of the year.



The accident was devastating for Knight, who called Mak his “magnificent, magnificent baby.” He said she’s loyal and loving and helps him deal with anxiety issues he developed while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

“She goes everywhere with me,” Knight said. ““She loves people, she never ever barks.  No biting ever. She’s just a perfect little girl.”

Phillips said Mak is now on the path to recovery. She will need about 8-12 weeks of recuperation in a small area to make sure she heals properly. She will be given anti-inflammatory medicine and pain medication.   Phillips has received years of additional training and been board certified in surgery.

Phillips also said Mak happens to be a very loveable pet. “She’s definitely a people-dog. She just wants to cuddle with you.”

Makenzie on a visit to Florida.

Makenzie on a visit to Florida.

Knight said he’s grateful for the expert surgery Mak received, as well as for the generosity of Frankie’s Friends for helping raise money to save his beloved pet.