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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Lilly" - Labrador with Multicentric Lymphoma

I think it is fair to say that we don't always get what we deserve in life. Some malevolent individuals I have met somehow manage to escape the consequences of their actions, (at present), whilst others who should be rewarded for their decency and strength of character continue to be dealt a bad hand.

"Lilly" is one of those compelling canine patients that has tremendous warmth and appeal the moment you meet her. Her positive demeanour (wagging tail) and her stoic personality masks a history of social deprivation. Rescued from a Welsh breeding farm where her only function was to produce litters of puppies for her then owners, Lilly was taken to an animal rescue centre called Many Tears Animal Rescue in South Wales.

For seven years she had missed the opportunity for socialisation and obedience training. This is hardly the combination any prospective owner is looking for. Luckily for her, the Garner family happened along and despite her age and limitations immediately fell for her persuasive looks! It is difficult to imagine a more suitable partnership of loving family and devoted canine companion.

In all the best stories this how it should end with "Lilly" living out her old age in an environment where she can thrive and make up for lost time. Sadly, as we are all too aware life is not like that. Eight months ago "Lilly" was diagnosed with terminal cancer (multicentric lymphoma) and since then she has been attending Fairfield on regular visits for blood tests and chemotherapy treatment. She never complains about anything we do. She is one of those exceptional patients who seems to realise we are on her side and trying to do our best despite the eventual outcome. She continues to wag her tail on arrival and is always simply grateful for the attention and liver treats she receives from the Fairfield staff. Her positive "attitude" should set an example to all those who find themselves in similar circumstances for it is all too easy to ask "Why me?".

Whilst I appreciate that "Lilly" benefits from a lack of awareness surrounding her own condition I would like to think that by fully appreciating the "simple pleasures" she can set
an example to us all.

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

"Bud" - Fully Vaccinated Black Labrador
"Charlie" - Cat Attacked by Dogs

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