Obanites treat hounds to welcome break
Newfoundland dogs cared for after owner breaks leg while holidaying in Argyll and Bute
THEY say every dog has his day but two New found lands enjoyed a three-month taste of Highland hospitality when their owner had an unexpected break of her own.
Janice Milligan, from Liverpool, drove to Oban with pet dogs, Wendy and Nana, in August for a camping holiday around the West Highlands.
But the huge dogs ended up in board and lodgings at Argyll Animal Aid rescue centre when their mistress slipped in mud and was rushed to hospital with a broken leg.
Ms Milligan, who is still on crutches, was finally reunited with her pets at the weekend after spending a month in hospital and two months recuperating from her ordeal.
The 64-year- old said she couldn’t thank Argyll Animal Aid enough for helping her stranded dogs, after she was rushed off to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
Ms Milligan explained that she had left the dogs in her car at Oban Caravan and Camping Park, thinking she was just going for a quick check-up at the local hospital.
She said: ‘We had had a few beautiful days in Oban and then it started to rain. I popped out of the tent to go to the loo, but I didn’t get very far before I fell and slipped in the mud and broke the top of my femur.
‘The dogs were with me so I put them in the car and told the campsite owners the keys were in the car, thinking I would be back the next day.
‘But when I got to the hospital in Oban they said I needed an operation and would have to go to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
‘I was there for two weeks before being transferred to hospital in Liverpool. I had no spare clothes or anything. They were in the car, along with my spectacles and the dogs.’
The campsite owners kept the car on site and called in Argyll Animal Aid, which was happy to look after the dogs.
Ms Milligan said the people she met at the Royal Alexandra Hospital were just as helpful.
She said: ‘I was in Paisley for two weeks and met some really nice people there; the daughter of one of the patients brought me in some clothes, somebody else got me a mobile phone, some of the staff brought me some books in because I couldn’t watch TV without my glasses and all this time Argyll Animal Aid looked after my dogs.
‘The people at the campsite were great and the people in Argyll Animal Aid have been ever so good.
‘Wendy and Nana are water dogs and they even took them swimming in the loch.’
And there was drama at the rescue centre not long after Ms Milligan was taken into hospital.
Fiona Woodhouse, of Argyll Animal Aid, had to take Wendy to the vet in Oban, where she had a successful emergency operation for an infected uterus. She said: ‘ We are happy to help, that’s what we are here for.’
We are happy to help.
Argyll Animal Aid
Janice Milligan, left, picking up her Newfoundland dogs from Fiona Woodhouse after their three-month stay with Argyll Animal Aid.