Archie, The Loveable Newfoundland ~ Update

Archie Has Successful Surgery


Archie, a Newfoundland, provides smiles and laughter to children at Casa Pacifica, a Ventura County, California oasis for abused, neglected and emotionally disturbed children.

But this therapy dog recently needed help of his own. He needed an expensive surgery from an injury sustained while playing with another dog. But the non-profit organization did not have any funds for Archie’s surgery.

News got out about Archie’s need for surgery and donations flooded Casa Pacifica. They received $6,000 in donations and even received donations from the UK. Even a student at Casa Pacifica’s school saved $5 in pennies to help pay for Archie’s surgery.

When Archie sustained something similar to an ACL injury in a human, newspapers and television stations ran stories, and donations started coming in to Casa Pacifica. The Associated Press picked up Archie’s story, and it was soon appearing nationwide.

“We’ve met probably 150 new people we never heard from before,” said Vicky Murphy, Archie’s caretaker and director of operations and development for Casa Pacifica.

“There are messages on a Newfoundland blog, and other dogs write to him. It’s adorable. They all talk about the kids and all the work he does to take care of the kids.”

Archie has received 60 pieces of fan mail in a single day

Veterinarians recently performed surgery on Archie. The beloved dog will need six to eight weeks of rest before he’ll be able to use both legs again, and three to four months for a full recovery.

Then Archie should be back at Casa Pacifica to bring smiles to the children and give them some big hugs.


If you’ve not heard about Archie, be sure to read this earlier post “Archie … Almost A Pony“.


Link: Archie’s Website

Link: News Report


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5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. great story! Archie is very important to those kiddos who need him. I am glad he is going to be okay.

  2. Hi Barngoddess …
    Now that is a huggy toy! I hear he has a wardrobe of bibs. How cute is that?

  3. I would love to see more people like that in the world. More of us that work for those who need it.

  4. Hi Tiffany,
    It is always amazing to see how animals can help to heal others, where people sometimes cannot.

  5. Archie is a beautiful dog and a blessing to so many. It was awesome that so many people pitched in to help with his time of need.

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