SAM Bullock and Sarah Robinson’s fouryear- old English staffy, Diesel Junior, or “DJ” for short, was recently diagnosed with lymphoma and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.
So much so that Sam and Sarah started a Facebook page to raise money for DJ’s treatment and have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of others. As a kid we had a staffy- cross blue heeler called Diesel and then about fi ve years ago, when I was living on the Gold Coast, I went to a mate’s house whose staffy had just had a litter of pups.
I had no intention of getting a dog, but Diesel Junior was the fi rst of the litter that came up and started playing with me and he was the spitting image of Diesel senior, with the exact same black and white face.
He was only two and a half weeks old but I said to my friend, “He’s mine” and as soon as he was old enough he came home with me.
He’s a well- travelled dog as well, loves being in the car, which is good because he’s done about four trips to Queensland and back in the past four years. He’s very well behaved. If I make dinner I can leave it on the table within reach of DJ and leave the room and he wouldn’t think of touching it. That said, I always give him something from my dinner, so he knows he’ll always get a treat.
He’s pretty chilled out; when we were living in Queensland we came home one day and all the fl oors were covered in blood – he had pretty much ripped one of his toes off somehow but he was completely nonplussed about it.
The vet wasn’t very confi dent they could save it, so he lost the toe on his hind leg, but it hasn’t slowed him down at all. Really uplifting – complete strangers have already donated to help cover the cost of DJ’s treatment. One lady who donated even went the extra step and offered to pay for some of the chemotherapy sessions he’ll have to have.
For both of us, DJ falling ill has come at such a bad time, as we’re expecting to have our fi rst child and we’re also in the midst of renovating the house, so the generosity shown by strangers, and friends and family, has just completely restored my faith in people. For people who don’t even know us to do this and even reading the messages of support people have sent to us is the best thing that’s happened to us lately. Just sitting here chilling with him on the couch. Our dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family. If you are interested in following DJ’s story or donating to his treatment, please visit the Dig Deep for DJ page on Facebook.