Ocean has competition in his blood and would certainly not accept being given a loser, in sport or in life. Despite a heart defect, this dog lives at 1000 km/h and is in great shape.
However, a veterinarian had announced to his owner Joanne Sanderson that he probably only had a handful of months to live. He himself predicted, at the time, that he would not reach Christmas.
2 years later, this Flat-Coated Retriever who lives in runcornin Cheshire (north-west of England), is still alive, and even full of vitality.
Ocean has tricuspid valve dysplasia, a congenital heart defect. When he should be coughing, lethargic and in bad shape, he is anything but. He even continues to practice agility, a discipline in which he has excelled since a young age.
Vets don’t understand why this dog has no symptoms, but they believe his life as an athlete is helping him stay healthy despite the deformity. Sport also contributes to channeling his overflowing energy.
No sign of weakness
Joanne Sanderson says he was shocked when he learned of the terrible diagnosis, when his 4-legged friend was 2 years old. He who is entitled to 3 walks a day, enjoys agility and undergoes a cardiac examination every 6 months shows no signs of weakness to date.
Recently, Ocean took part in the qualifications of the agility competition UKA and ranked 2e. A great performance for a heart dog. This opened the doors to the finals which will take place from October 21 to 23 in Buckinghamshire.
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