first heard about Mitzi when a kindly lady phoned me to tell me
that she had “removed” her from her owner and taken
her into HER care.
trouble was she didn’t really want a dog, it was just that
she couldn’t stand by and let this poor flea infested, bedraggled,
arthritic bitch suffer any more where she was.
Mark Edge didn’t live too far from her and he was happy
to go and visit and assess the situation for us and see what help
we could give Mitzi.
confirmed she was in a bit of a state and the lady hadn’t
exaggerated. There was also a large growth on the top of her nose.
In submariners terms Mitzi had a “Oberon” class nose!
of her condition Mitzi was also very difficult to age - anything
between 6 and 14 years could be correct.
kindly offered to chauffeur her up to Cumbria and I was able to
see for myself the state this poor girl had been allowed to deteriorate
it was Liz at our vets when I arrived there to get Mitzi a thorough
going over. Poor Liz seems to get all our more interesting cases.
out of the Practice later with enough drugs to open my own chemists
. The plan was to use antibiotics to try and reduce the growth
down to a size that could be operated on. In the meantime a special
diet would build her weight back up and put some strength into
her little legs.
was going to be a long job, but Mitzi despite all her woes was
a happy little girl and seemed to be lapping up all the fuss and
attention she was receiving.
of our little miracles then happened. A local family expressed
an interest in adopting Mitzi. They lived just round the corner
from the vet. What luck! On our E-group many people were already
following her progress and I was able to keep them informed to
thank them for their support.
however the growth didn’t reduce, it started to get bigger
and it was decided we had to go for it and remove it. It was going
to be a very delicate and skilled surgery. I remember pulling
Liz’s leg that if she succeeded she ought not be surprised
if she got a phone call from Michael Jackson!
To complicate matters most of Mitzi’s teeth were rotten.
EIGHT were going to be extracted at the same time.
was so brave, she must have been in so much pain and her new family
kept every appointment made for them and there were many. It must
have been a real pain for them, but they loved her and were determined
to win this fight for her.
operation was a complete success of course.
a huge boost for us to know that all this extra help and support
is available from our Friends when we need it.
passed away shortly after the April Walk 2003
The picture below shows her taking part, she didn't do the full
walk but still received her Rosette for attendance.