Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting COUNTY GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Labrador Bob still treated like a king
ACUPUNCTURE, hydrotherapy.....these treatments would have been unfamiliar to most humans in Britain a few decades ago, let alone household pets.
But Bob the black Labrador, who is benefiting from exactly these types of care in his old age, is no ordinary pooch.
Three years ago, Bob's owner Harold Pursey passed away at the age of 94, at the Burnham Lodge care home, with his beloved pet by his side.
The care home had agreed to let Bob stay with Mr Pursey because the pair could not bear to be parted.
And when Mr Pursey passed away, a fund was set up to make sure that Bob would be cared for.
Over the past three years, staff at the home have gone to great lengths to keep their promise to Mr Pursey.
His former social worker, Judith Alder, even carried out a daring wing-walk, which raised £1,500 towards The Bobby Appeal trust fund.
A spokesman for Burnham Lodge said: “At 13½ years old Bobby remains a happy, contented and lovable companion to all residents, visitors and staff.
“Over the years his health has been troublesome resulting in significant veterinary fees.
“He has recently successfully undergone further surgery and is now back to good health.
“Bob's care plan includes acupuncture and hydrotherapy for his arthritis which is funded by an anonymous benefactor.”
Now, however, the money is running out, so staff have joined forces with local fishermen to organise a fishing competition at Northam Farm, Brean, on November 23, to raise money.
There will be prizes for the heaviest catch and the biggest fish of the day to be presented by the Mayor of Burnham and Highbridge, Martin Cox.
Competitors and sponsors are being sought. For more details, phone 07825-904271 or email email@example.com Proceeds will be split between The Bobby Appeal trust fund and Burnham Lodge's residents' extras fund.
Comments are closed on this article.