About once every two months, a sweet dog named Roxi arrives to the Animal Emergency Center in Bettendorf, Illinois to see the vet -- but not for a routine checkup. Instead, she's there to help out other pups in need.
Roxi is one of a number of dogs that make regular visits to the veterinarian Dr. Bruce Benge's offices to donate blood so that dogs in need of blood transfusions have a better chance at life. It's a duty, requiring just a few minutes from start to finish, that Roxi takes in stride.
"She's a very good patient for us," says Dr. Benge. "She's very calm. She usually lays there pretty still during the donation process."
Roxi, and the other blood-donating dogs like her, likely never the chance to meet the pets they're helping to save, but the life-giving gesture is certainly not forgotten by their owners. Stephanie Acri, whose dog Jake suffers from a red blood cell problem, was the one to receive Roxi's plasma after her recent visit -- and she says it saved his life.