Beloved­dog eats blind woman’s teeth

Wairarapa News - - FRONT PAGE - ILLYA MCLEL­LAN

One morn­ing a few weeks ago Ch­eryl Da­ley-Nooroa was hal­fasleep lis­ten­ing to the sound of the rain on the roof when she heard an omi­nous crunch­ing.

The blind Master­ton woman’s three-year-old labrador-cross, Monty, sleeps on her bed with her and he was hard at work chew­ing on some­thing.

‘‘I thought what’s he eat­ing? I reached over and felt his mouth and re­alised it was my teeth.

‘‘I washed them off hop­ing they would be OK and tried them on, but found they were too badly dam­aged to stay in my mouth any­more which was pretty stress­ful.’’

Da­ley-Noora, 46, lost her right eye when she was 9, then her left eye at the age of 30..

‘‘I phoned AA In­sur­ance and told them what had hap­pened and luck­ily even though the $1200 den­ture was not cov­ered in my con­tents in­sur­ance they were very help­ful and said they could make an ex­cep­tion.’’

Da­ley-Nooroa still had to come up with the ex­cess, which was $320 which she didn’t have as she lives on a sup­ported liv­ing ben­e­fit. She men­tioned it to her friend, Deb­o­rah Ham­bly who had an idea of how she could help raise the money.

Ham­bly said she was pretty ac­tive with dif­fer­ent things on the in­ter­net and thought this would be per­fect for a Givelit­tle page.

‘‘Ch­eryl is amaz­ing, she’s al­ways so pos­i­tive about life, happy and bub­bly, I thought I just had to help her get the money to­gether.

‘‘I con­tacted her den­tist, Kevin Wong, and we or­gan­ised the page so the money could go to him to cover the cost of the ex­cess so she can get her teeth back.’’

She was look­ing for­ward to eat­ing proper food again af­ter al­most a month with­out her teeth.

‘‘It’ll give me my com­fort back, there’s noth­ing like a juicy steak.’’

Monty was a good dog, she said.

‘‘He’s my world, he’s not a guide-dog but he’s a con­stant com­pan­ion.

‘‘I also have an amaz­ing fam­ily, who are re­ally sup­port­ive. One of the hard­est things since los­ing my sight com­pletely has been that I will never see my mokos, but I know they are beau­ti­ful, be­cause they have beau­ti­ful hearts.’’

The Givealit­tle page was able to suc­cess­fully raise the money.

ILLYA MCLEL­LAN/STUFF

Ch­eryl Da­ley-Noora’s dog Monty is a con­stant com­pan­ion so she couldn’t be mad at him.

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