How the death of Korina Sanchez’s beloved rescue dog saved her other dogs’ lives

/ 01:10 PM November 25, 2018
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In the process of mourning the death of Raven, the Aspin (“Asong Pinoy” or Filipino dog)-Collie mix she came to love, Korina Sanchez learned the purpose of the brief time she spent with the female senior dog.

Sanchez regards the sad experience as a reminder to always make sure her dogs are healthy, as she stated in an Instagram post on Friday, Nov. 23. While the memories she shared with the dog still breaks her heart, Raven’s death immediately prompted her to send all her dogs to the veterinary clinic for a total checkup.


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Raven's Purpose I told you that I would let you know how I'm finding answers to the question: Why did I have so little time with the senior rescued aspin, Raven when it seemed it took almost her lifetime to find me? This has bothered me the past days. So forgive me for not being so active in posting my positivities…I still cry whenever I think about her. I still talk to her when I'm at parts of the house where she always stays. Napupunit ang puso ko…💔 But you know what? If not for what happened with my Raven, I would not have sent all my pet dogs to the vet for a total checkup — blood tests, ultrasound and X-rays. My dogs have no bad symptoms. Wala lang. Naisip ko lang dahil sa nangyari kay Raven. Guess what? My beautiful Chelsea had to go through an emergency surgery almost immediately. The vet said she had pus in her uterus. Had this been left unattended for longer, it could lead to sepsis or internal infection, and death. This is Chelsea after her surgery at Pet Project with Doc Riza. It was successful.💚 Another emergency among my dogs: Buddy, my other schnauzer, also had to go through an emergency surgery. His testicles were way too enlarged and none of us took notice because wala namang bago sa kilos nya. DELIKADO din daw kung napabayaan. Doc Melay did not want to wait and fixed Buddy's problem. 💚 Chelsea and Buddy are now recuperating well from surgery. I also found out all my dogs have high glucose which could make them diabetic. And Goya's creatinine level was rising although still within normal. We have now changed the diet of all my pet and foster dogs to fresh foods of meat and vegetables. We are using the right supplements to correct their numbers. Their lives have been saved. I don't think I'm being dramatic when I say that Raven's short stay with me was definitely with purpose. Her sacrifice saved the lives of all my other dogs. Diba sinasabi ng iba na ang pet natin ang sumasalo sa mga delubyo natin sa buhay? Thank you, sweet Raven. You have done so much and you probably don't even know it. So many have emailed wanting to adopt another rescued aspin from a shelter. And, I will always love you.💚

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Because of what happened to Raven, Sanchez made sure her all her dogs underwent blood tests, ultrasound scans and X-rays. The results of the checkup later revealed that despite not exhibiting bad symptoms, two of her dogs were in dire need of surgeries.

Her two Schnauzer dogs, Chelsea and Buddy, both had emergency operations shortly after the check-up. Chelsea had pus in her uterus which could have led to sepsis or internal infection and consequently, death if left unattended. Meanwhile, Buddy was also in danger because of his enlarged testicles.

After also learning that all of her dogs have high glucose levels, Sanchez decided to change their diet. Her dogs are now eating fresh meat and vegetables. To ensure their good health, Sanchez also provided them with the necessary supplements.

“I don’t think I’m being dramatic when I say that Raven’s short stay with me was definitely with purpose,” Sanchez wrote. “Her sacrifice saved the lives of all my other dogs.”


“Thank you, sweet Raven,” she stated, adding that Raven’s death also encouraged people to adopt rescue dogs. “You have done so much and you probably don’t even know it. So many have emailed wanting to adopt another rescued Aspin from a shelter. And, I will always love you.” JB


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