Help for his best friend, Sookie

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Cathy Walker Puppy love: Sookie is happy to be back home with owner Robin Marsh af­ter a life­sav­ing two-hour op­er­a­tion at Sey­mour Cen­tral Vets.

Some­times, some­one up there is smil­ing on you.

But in the case of Sey­mour re­tiree Robin Marsh and his loved pet Sookie, help came from a lit­tle closer to home in the un­ex­pected form of a pet char­ity.

Mr Marsh took over own­er­ship of grey­hound-cross-kelpie Sookie when his nephew passed away six months ago, and in that time Mr Marsh said the black dog had lived up to her name.

‘‘She’s a real sook, she loves a cud­dle,’’ Mr Marsh said. ‘‘She’s very quiet, you only get a bark out of her now and again.’’

But within a short space of mov­ing in, five-year-old Sookie had a few vet­eri­nary is­sues for Mr Marsh to stump up for, in­clud­ing when all her hair fell out af­ter she was dis­cov­ered with mites on her back.

When she di­ag­nosed last week with an in­fected uterus and up for an ur­gent op­er­a­tion, it was a fence too far for pen­sioner Mr Marsh — the cost was just pro­hib­i­tive.

That’s when head vet­eri­nary nurse and prac­tice man­ager at Sey­mour Cen­tral Vets, Sam Staples, stepped in. She con­tacted Jen­nifer at Pet Med­i­cal Cri­sis Fund, which ex­ists to help pen­sion­ers and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple with their pets’ med­i­cal needs.

‘‘It was a two-hour op­er­a­tion per­formed here by Dr James Har­ring­ton,’’ Ms Staples said.

‘‘Without it Sookie would have passed away for sure.’’

Treated in re­cov­ery with high lev­els of an­tibi­otics and four litres of flu­ids flushed through her, Sookie was able to go home last Fri­day af­ter two days of hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

‘‘She was a fan­tas­tic pa­tient — she wasn’t sooky like her name says,’’ Ms Staples said.

Dr Har­ring­ton gen­er­ously re­duced the cost of the $1500 pro­ce­dure to $1000 and Pet Med­i­cal Cri­sis Fund footed the bill.

‘‘They have helped quite a few peo­ple in town here,’’ Ms Staples said.

Mr Marsh said he’d be for­ever grate­ful for the char­ity’s as­sis­tance.

‘‘It was very handy,’’ Mr Marsh said. ‘‘I’ll do­nate a bit to it in the next six months or so.’’

If you would like to do­nate to Pet Med­i­cal Cri­sis Fund, it can be found on Face­book, where Sookie is al­ready gar­ner­ing lots of ‘‘likes’’.

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