Vlady goes home after surgery

Medford, Ore.– A therapy dog has a new lease on life thanks to your donations. NBC5 News was there Thursday as Vlady received his life-saving surgery, and tonight, he’s back home with his family.

The Gilson’s picked up the 2-year-old German Shepherd at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center Friday afternoon, where they were able to pay for the surgery in full.

“I just thank the whole community and everybody that came together to make it possible,” Veronica Gilson says, “I can’t thank ’em enough!”

Vlady serves as a therapy dog for the Gilson’s teen son Timmy, who is thrilled to have his best friend home  thanks to the community’s support.

Vlady is on antibiotics and pain medication, and will be taking it easy for a few weeks until his leg heals up.


Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.

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