Help for his best friend, Sookie
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’’.