Boy with Leukemia bonds with Basset Hound, says dog died for him

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Boy with Leukemia bonds with Basset Hound, says dog died for him

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Sep 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When it comes to being a 13-year-old kid, Nick Drow-Aguirre is pretty normal. He loves science, playing outside and most of all, Basset Hounds.

So when his mom let him adopt two Basset Hounds last year, Nick fell in love, especially with Milo.

"I was with him almost everyday unless I was sick," says Nick. "I walked him and I fed him and gave him water. He liked to get on the couch and snuggle with you, he was really happy."

Nine On Your Side first learned about Milo and Dixie last year from the Southern Arizona Humane Society. The Basset Hound pair were inseparable, and Dixie helped guide the visually impaired Milo.

Nick was diagnosed with Leukemia in April, 2012.

For awhile after the family adopted the dogs, Nick had his Leukemia under control. But then Milo got sick and died, and two weeks later, Nick was back in the hospital after his cancer spread to 90 percent of his blood.

"He was very sick," says Nick's mom Barbara. "To be honest, they didn't know if he would pull through."

One month of intense chemotherapy later and Nick went from 90 percent to zero percent in his brain and only two percent in his bone marrow, meaning he could now receive a transplant.

Nick believes that sometimes an animal has to die instead of a person.

"Right before he died, I had a weird dream with [Milo] in it and I didn't know what it meant," says Nick. "Then when I was in the hospital, I found out that it meant that I was really sick, and in the dream, he was sick."

"When he found out he was sick, he said 'Milo probably suffered for me,'" says Barbara.

Nick's little sister Krista is his perfect match, and this spunky 7-year-old can't wait to help her big brother.

"It's going to be a big thing for my brother," says Krista. "It's like a very big favor that somebody sent down for me to do."

Doctors hope this surgery will cure Nick. And Nick is bringing the memory of Milo with him.

"I still miss him."


The family has set up an account through Wells Fargo for anyone who would like to donate to Nick's medical expenses. His mother, Barbara says the family has to come up with 10 percent out of pocket, and the bone-marrow transplant itself could run upwards of $400,000.

You can donate by using the Wells Fargo account number 5671711769 under Barbara Drow.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.