This is our beautiful Basset Hound Matilda (formerly named Kassie).
Her life has been saved not once but TWICE by the amazing charity Many Tears Rescue, based in Wales. They took her in, as they take in many dogs, as an ex-breeding bitch. Basically, this means she had spent the first four years of her life on a puppy farm, being bred & bred until her belly hung very low. She came to us with her ribs sticking out, scarred, frightened & thin. She had never lived in a family home, never been cuddled or walked.It took weeks for her to wag her tail. Gradually over nearly two years she grew in confidence towards mankind, though she is still afraid of men (apart from my hubby). We walked in the woods & had snuggly cuddles.
The reason Many Tears have saved her twice is because last week, she started to suffer in pain from a slipped disc in her back. The pain got worse and after several visits to the vet she became paralysed in her rear end and couldn't walk or go to the toilet. We were told she needed an urgent spinal operation that would cost £3,500. We just couldn't afford this, even though there is no price on any life. I felt so ashamed & guilty that we didn't have insurance (though we were told it may not have been covered anyway). Matilda was in such pain & it was a race against time, the whole family were in tears & devastated. The only option was for the vet to put her to sleep, but at the last minute Many Tears Rescue stepped in & paid for the op. This was at a huge risk as the op was only a 50/50 chance of success. We felt so guilty but accepted this amazing offer of help. Matilda had the op that afternoon....I will post again soon to let you know her progress....
PLEASE, PLEASE HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR KASSIE'S APPEAL if you can. Here is a link to the Many Tears page where you can make a donation or just visit their 'easy fundraising' page to find out how you can help in other ways, such as Tesco, Amazon or Ebay donating to them when you shop online. Maybe you can even become a fosterer for them or adopt a new friend. Thank you for reading, Merry Christmas to you all Xx