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Stout, the adventure dog, has lived an incredible, charitable life but now he needs help as his health has taken a turn and specialists are struggling to diagnose him.


Cape Town, South Africa – Stout, the adventure dog, has undergone several tests to try and determine what is wrong with him.

Stout is a well-known adventure dog; he works as an adventure guide in Cape Town, taking locals and tourists on hikes, trail runs, mountain bike trips and even paddleboard adventures.

The pup has spent three months visiting multiple vets, specialists and surgeons who have conducted blood tests, scans, x-rays, other tests and even an operation with no answers in sight. They have yet to diagnose what is wrong with Stout or provide some form of a treatment plan.

The issue now is that while there is no diagnosis for Stout, his medical bills are also starting to pile up. His owner, Doug Turvey, has started a BackaBuddy crowdfund in the hopes to pay some of the bills and find a vet who would be able to offer a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Stout has a charitable heart; he does most of his charitable work in Johannesburg.  He has visited the townships of Alex, Soweto and Nieu Bethesda where he has taught children and the owners of animals that a dog can be a respected friend and should not be wired to a pole outside their homes for protection.

“He has helped foster many township puppies and kittens for African Tails until they find new homes. He has also been a companion to orphaned children at an orphanage in Hillbrow on Mandela Day.

He has spent many days at The Waterfall Retirement Estate where he brought joy and companionship to old people who refer to him as the Gentleman Dog. He lets old ladies through doors first and is extremely gentle with them while on a lead.”

Doug and Stout regularly attend clean-ups together and most importantly, many of his family and breed work in the rhino protection units in the Kruger National Park and at Madikwe Game Reserve where he has spent time as a guide with guests on their bush-walks, runs and mountain bike adventures.

Doug is desperate to find a solution to Stout’s health problems. So many people love the little adventure dog and have donated to his cause. They have already raised over R10,000 towards the goal of R50,000. Doug promises that whatever the outcome, all leftover funds will be donated in Stout’s name.

“We have already spent in excess of R50,000 to try and diagnose the underlying cause of Stout’s Ascites symptoms. The specialists are confident that they will get to the bottom of it and find a treatment. Sadly they say that it will continue to be costly. Stout is only 7 years old and a treatment is definitely worth pursuing so that he can continue to add value to people’s and pet’s lives as he has done in the past. 

In the event of a speedy recovery or worse case scenario, any remaining funds will be donated to The Green Dogs Charity. They use The Belgian Malinois Dog highly successfully in their anti rhino poaching operations and are doing amazing work in protecting our Wildlife.” – Doug Turvey

If you would like to help with Stout’s medical fund, you can do so here.


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Sources: BackaBuddy
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

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