Canine chemo saved this good boy’s life — and his grateful dad bought the veterinary school that cured him a $6 million Super Bowl commercial to thank his vet.
Scout, a 7-year-old golden retriever, was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer called hemangiosarcoma in the summer of 2019, after an ultrasound found a tumor on his heart. He was given a 1 percent chance of survival, and about a month to live.
“There he was in this little room, standing in the corner … and he’s wagging his tail at me,” David MacNeil, Scout’s loving dad and CEO of car accessory company WeatherTech, tells WMTV. “I’m like, ‘I’m not putting that dog down. There’s just absolutely no way.’”
Instead, Scout was brought to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, where he underwent chemotherapy and radiation to reduce the size of his tumor. It worked, and the tumor shrank progressively to 10% of its original size — and is now almost entirely gone.
“Scout is kind of the perfect patient, in that he’s tolerated multiple modes of therapy very well, his primary tumor has responded beautifully to treatment, and we’ve been able to maintain his quality of life at a very high level,” UW School of Veterinary Medicine professor David Vail tells WMTV. “At the end of the day, Scout’s quality of life is his family’s most important concern, as it is ours.”
MacNeil was so enthused that Scout had a new leash on life, he bought a $6 million Super Bowl commercial promoting the vet he credits with saving his precious pooch’s life.
“I’m alive thanks to a cutting-edge program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine,” a human pretending to be Scout says in the 32-second commercial, which already has over 530,000 views on YouTube. At the end of it, viewers are encouraged to donate to the school via WeatherTech.com/donate, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the school.
In addition to being a cancer survivor, Scout has a verified Instagram account with 3,411 followers — and is MacNeil’s best friend, according to his WeatherTech bio.
This isn’t Scout’s first time in a Super Bowl commercial: He was also in a WeatherTech ad last year.
The 2020 Super Bowl is this Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m., when the San Francisco 49ers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami, Florida.