The kind-hearted vets who went ‘beyond their duties’ to nurture an abandoned pug dog back from a ‘terrible state’ of health have been thanked by its grateful new owner.
Animal lover Vanessa Fisher was horse riding with friends near her Great Steeping home when she found the dishevelled creature cowering in a farmer’s field.
Fearing for his life, she took the poor pug to Fenwold Veterinary Practice, where she was ‘amazed’ by the doting care and attention lavished upon the furry young patient.
“Fenwold reopened especially for us and performed life saving surgery on him,” she said.
“I didn’t have much hope for him as he was in such a terrible state but they have done a marvellous job - anywhere else I think he’d have just been put down.”
Pudsey, as he has now been named, was severely malnourished and suffering from a prolapsed rectum when he was discovered.
Veterinary surgeon Keith Barrand operated on him but he required a further five days of intensive care before he could even eat again properly.
During his recovery, Vanessa and veterinary surgeon Richard Morris, were unsure whether he would make it and therefore delighted to seem him return to health.
“There’s a great feeling of job satisfaction, putting them back together and seeing them back to health,” said Mr Morris.
“He’s a delightful little dog, very lively and eager to please.”
Practice manager Anne Evison also grew fond of the plucky young pug during his stay.
“He was a really sweet little dog with no malice in him whatsoever, he just let us get on with what we needed to,” she said.
Pudsey is now enjoying the high life as a pampered pet living with Vanessa, her husband Clive and their seven Jack Russells.
“How anyone could have thrown him out, I’ll never know,” said Vanessa.
“He’s as soft as butter and a lovely little dog - I’m so grateful to the vets for saving him.”