Meet Yogi, the lifesaving dog

Yogi is a seven year old Dobermann from the Scottish Borders. At first glance, he may seem like a normal dog. He enjoys big walks in the hills, playing with his sister, and, like all dogs, mealtime and treats. Yogi may seem like a regular dog but he’s also pretty special. So far, Yogi has helped to save the lives of up to 60 other dogs. He is not a police dog, a special forces dog or a rescue dog.

He’s a blood donor.

Could your dog be more Yogi?

To be a lifesaving blood donor, your dog must be: 

  • Fit and healthy
  • Between one and eight years old
  • Weigh more than 25kg
  • Have a good temperament
  • Have never travelled abroad
  • Vaccinated
  • Not on any medication

Blood types in dogs

Like us, dogs have different blood types and in the UK we test for DEA 1 Negative and Positive. With only 30% of dogs eligible to give blood being Negative blood type, keeping up with demand can be challenging.

We have found that certain breeds, including Dobermanns like Yogi, are more likely to be Negative and we are particularly appealing to these owners to register their canine companion.

The breeds more likely to be negative include Airedales, American Bulldog, Border Collies, Boxers, Dobermann, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Bull Terriers, Flat Coated Retrievers, German Shepherds, Greyhounds, Lurchers, Old English Sheepdog, Pointers, and Weimaraners.

Meet the owner

Yogi’s owner Angela is so proud of him for being a lifesaver. Watch our video below to find out what it means to her that he has helped to save so many lives. 

If you think your dog could be more Yogi, we would love to hear from you! Use the links below to find out more and register your dog.

Find your nearest donation session
Watch our video about what happens at a donation session
Register your dog to be a lifesaver

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the team, give us a call on 01509 232222.

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