When a 15-pound Japanese Chin named Esme was diagnosed with a fatal heart condition last April, veterinarians told her owner, Dylan Raskin, that he had just a few more months to live. The condition, known as mitral valve regurgitation, was causing a backflow of blood in the dog's heart chambers. Raskin was devastated.
"It's no different than any parent with a human child," he told the Ithaca Journal back in October. Raskin rescued the dog on the streets of New York City seven years ago. "I love him with all my heart; if I could cut my heart out and stick it in his chest, I'd do it in a New York minute."
(Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine)