Teddy, a 6-year-old basset hound-Labrador mix, arrived at the Surfside collapse site in Florida with a team of crisis response pups immediately after last month’s tragedy. Since then, he’d been on site to greet those who came to look for and mourn the dozens of loved ones lost in the collapse. But after 3 weeks of nonstop caregiving, Teddy awoke last week unable to pick himself up. Dr. Beth Hirschfeld, a veterinary acupuncturist, says he apparently developed “a possible herniated disc, as well as a partial tear of his cranial crucial ligament in his knee.” Teddy’s owner, Sophia Barrett, was hoping a fundraiser would raise enough money to charter a flight back to Philadelphia, since a commercial flight or drive would be stressful and unsafe. Titan Aviation Group of New Jersey, swooped in to help. Teddy was welcomed aboard an eight-seat Hawker 800XP corporate jet whose flight would normally cost $10,000.
Teddy is expected to make a full recovery.