"It was a striking interview with the family, especially the wife," Lyman adds. "The whole family was playing with the dog
at the beach. It happened right in front of them. The wife says, 'I'm being told I need to put my dog down, but my brother
is getting married the next day. I couldn't do it.'"
The dog regained neurological function and his sight, Lyman says. "He did wonderfully in the hyperbaric chamber."
After the audience viewed the video, the dog ran across the stage and the whole family came out.
"It was one of those feel-good moments," Lyman says. "The producers really want to emphasize the human/animal bond."
Producers also spent a couple hours at a ranch where Alvarez did acupuncture on a horse. During the studio show she did acupuncture
on a dog and physical rehabilitation on a cat with an amputated leg.
"Veterinary medicine has so many therapies available to us that we really want to promote hyperbaric oxygen therapy, physical
rehabilitation and acupuncture," Alvarez says. "We want to be at the forefront."
The studio shots, the live-audience portion and the side trips were boiled down into a 3 1/2–minute promotional film.
"We met with a number of agencies and a couple potential production partners," Dobbis says. "We're just waiting to hear. This
show is not just about pets, but about people and animals, and their related health issues. We share the planet. We are interdependent."
In the meantime, Lyman still spends seven days a week at his hospital and Alvarez is busy in New York City.
Lyman and his wife, Kip, also are busy teaching others about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
"Still, for me," Lyman says, "the most fun is taking care of the patients."