Weʼre raising £900 to pay for vet's bills to remove mamory tumours.
- Blandford Forum, UK
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Patsy is ten years old. She has lived with me since she was eight weeks old but I first met her when she was five weeks old.
I am a male now in my late sixties. I've always had dogs in my life as Granny bred Boston Terriers, great aunts had Daschunds, Spaniels and Yorkies. At 13, for my birthday, I was given Dimple, a Dalmatian puppy. Since then I''ve had Fidget, an English Setter, again from eight weeks old, who in the first few nights of ownership would not settle as I lay with her in the living room in front of the dying embers of the fire. Within a few days she accepted me and we were pals. As were Kasta, short for castaway, a German Shepherd I picked up on a country lane late at night and Toby, a Springer, who I took from a shelter who had been abused.
Patsy came into my life as I drove along with my two sons. I was a single parent as my ex wife, the boys' mum, loved to argue and i didn't want the boys growing up in that environment so I sought a divorce. Then the boys moved to me full time. The boys said, almost together, "Dad, there's a sign there saying Labrador puppies for sale,. You've said we can have another dog now Toby has gone". So we stopped. Mum had 13 puppies, the third we picked up, who was to become Patsy, won us over. We didn't handle any more and I collected her three weeks later.
She became Patsy after the Jo Lumley character in Ab Fab. This little puppy was after anything going, other dogs' food, her own disappeared instantly and lots of unmentionables seemed to attract her as well. Rabbit's droppings, blackberries out of the hedge. She has never been a pain begging. She sits a distance away from everybody just looking. No drooling or slobbering, just looking.
Three weeks after collecting her when playing with a friend's Westie puppy, she broke her knee. She was admitted into the hospital in Solihull and had plates and screws inserted. Four years later, whilst running free in a farm yard where I helped with horses, she swallowed some horse wormer that somebody had spilt, not me, and she was on a drip for 48 hours.
Other than that, she has been the perfect dog. She had always travelled in the car with me with no problems. She has been almost perfect in house training other than when medication took control and she wee'd in the middle of the night as she couldn't wake me. She didn't know how to then but she now knows she pushes her snout into my back.
Eight years ago I had a mental breakdown and became suicidal. I attempted to end things as both my parents had died recently, I had health problems, I had been made redundant and my ex wife persuaded my sons to go back to live with her.
I came round in Salisbury Hospital and I went to collect Patsy from kennels the police had dropped her off at. I became aware of the importance of Patsy in my life. Since then, whilst looking after her, I have become her other half as she is mine, looking after me.
In January 2018 I discovered some lumps in her tummy. The local vet said they were tumours and should be operated on immediately. This was done but they have now returned and she needs another operation.
The first bill came to £750 and I'm paying that on a payment scheme. The vet says they can't undertake another operation without the full bill for the new op to be paid in full in advance. That is £900.
Patsy is my life, she is so happy within herself and i need help, please.
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Blandford Forum, UK
A 67 year old man with various health problems. I'm not a smoker, I rarely drink alcohol, I'm not a betting man and I try to exercise daily. I'm not overweight but have Diabetes 2 which I'm trying to beat. I live alone other than with Patsy, my chocolate brown Lab.
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