Vicky Hughes found her 6-year-old Dogue de Bordeauxe dog, Emma, collapsed one evening and was rushed to the emergency vets where she was diagnosed with a slipped disc that required immediate treatment.
|Hughes’ two dogs, Emma and her bulldog, Sophie|
The cost of the surgery, though, was $6,100 that Hughes assumed would be covered by her pet insurance. But when PetPals Direct rejected her claim, she "broke down in tears on the phone".
Hughes went ahead with Emma's surgery (the pup is fine now), by emptying out her bank accounts and put up anything that could generate a dollar up for sale on EBay – her clothing, the freezer and her refrigerator. What didn’t get sold on EBay was brought to a “car boot” (like a flea market), where Hughes sold the rest of her possessions.
After everything was sold, Hughes was left £1000 short of her goal. She is hoping that there are kindhearted people who are willing to help her clear the rest of her bill through online donations (as of this writing, Hughes has raised 300% of what she needed which is amazing!).
We've all have stories about how we sacrificed for our beloved pets and I'd love to read all about your experiences so please share them. I can't resist a story with a happy ending and I know everyone else feels the same way!