All dogs are special – and we love to see pictures of our “customers” but just occasionally we meet a doggie who is extra special.
Robbie the Gordon Setter is one of those dogs. His owner, Gill got in touch before Christmas hoping to get a drying coat quickly because she was taking Robbie to the seaside for Christmas.
It was important he stayed warm because beautiful Robbie has skin cancer. He was receiving chemotherapy at the time and had lost quite a lot of his fur.
We pulled out all the stops to ensure he got his poppy red ultimate drying coat in time for his train journey to South Wales. Although it is intended for drying, it has a deep wadding sandwiched between the towelling layers so it also makes an ideal body warmer.
Robbie, who is almost 11, had an amazing time in Wales – and even got the red carpet treatment when a couple holding a Christmas wedding asked him to join them for wedding pictures.
Since then, Robbie has taken delivery of our Challenger fleece-lined coat – to make sure he stays dry on his winter walks. Gill is taking things a week at a time. There is no cure – but treatment is giving Robbie some extra precious time to spend with her.
As Gill says: His lovely vet Ingrid had to explain that without any treatment he would have a life expectancy of around six weeks. No treatment was not an option and we chose chemotherapy to give Robbie the best chance of extending his life. We are not going to win the war but we take three weeks at a time in which he has a blood test to check his liver profiles and this is followed two days later by four chemotherapy tablets which he takes with some cooked meat or sausage. He is responding well to the treatment albeit palliative and we are trying to give him the best quality of life for the time he remains with us.”
It has been a difficult time for Gill and Robbie over the past three months but they have both shown real courage – and are making the most of the time they have left together.
Gill has set up a special Facebook page for Robbie where people can keep up-to-date with his story and owners can talk about their own experiences.
You can visit and join Robbie’s facebook group – it already has 350 members and Gill really enjoys hearing from other dog owners.