Published: 04/06/2013 11:29:58
NEIGHBOURS TAKE ON NIGHTRIDER AFTER FAMILY PETS RECEIVED TREATMENT IN OUR SMALL ANIMAL CENTRE
Two neighbours from Ipswich, Suffolk, will be taking on the Nightrider cycling challenge this weekend to help raise vital funds for our charity. Stephen D’Eath and Andrew Murray want to give something back after both had family pets treated in our Small Animal Centre.
This Saturday, the friends will be taking on the 100km (62 mile) cycle route through London, starting at 11:45pm and riding through the night until they finish – just in time for breakfast!
Woody, Steve’s Beagle, was treated for meningitis when he was just seven months old. Woody fully recovered after receiving treatment but unfortunately had to return to us again aged seven, this time undergoing surgery to treat degenerate discs in his spine. Because of our fantastic veterinary team, Woody recovered and is now fit and well.
About Woody, Steve said: ‘He is a great dog with bags of character and a special member of our family. That is why I'm choosing to ride the 100km Nightrider for AHT. If you are an animal lover, I hope you can support us to give something back - it would mean a lot.’
Andy’s two Bernese mountain dogs were also treated in our Small Animal Centre. Chester, then aged two, came to us first to be treated for cataracts. The severity meant he lost sight in one of his eyes but thankfully, after being monitored by our ophthalmologists every six months, sight is his other eye remained stable.
Andy and his wife later asked their local vet to refer Chester’s brother, Barkley, to us when they noticed he was not eating very well. Sadly, Barkley was diagnosed as having cancer of the lymph nodes. Treatment was given but after just a few weeks, a further tumour had developed in his lung. It was advised that Barkley should stop receiving treatment and return home, where he could live out the rest of his life in the comfort of his own surroundings.
About the treatment his beloved pets received from our vets, Andy said: ‘We will never forget the professionalism and friendliness of all involved and for the kind card we received when he passed away. Chester and Barkley are no longer with us but the AHT were so supportive during each of our dog's illnesses and this is the reason we want to try and give a little something back.’
If you would like to sponsor Steve and Andy, please do so by visiting their Virgin Money Giving page.
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