Let’s Talk About Cid
When Susie-Belle died I made a promise to her that I would continue to do all I can to help dogs who know the worst side of humans. I’m forever grateful that I got to share 4 years with her and for the life changes she brought about. We’ll be remembering her with others once again on the Susie-Belle Memorial Walk at West Wittering on Sunday 4 February. Her walk is now an annual fixture and I’m deeply thankful to everyone who requested we run it again so they can remember not only my beloved, wonderful Susie-Belle but all friends who have departed. Please join us if you can, all details are here:
One thing that we’ve done successfully each year with the walk is to help fundraise for the small rescue where Susie-Belle spent 6 months in foster care recovering her health, after years of neglect and abuse. The Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre does impressive work, quietly, determinedly, with no fanfare or fuss. The focus of everything for DBARC is the animals in their care – nothing else comes close to being as important for everyone involved with this superb charity.
One thing that I value highly – having seen it first-hand with Susie-Belle – is that they do everything they can to ensure that when animals leave to go off to their new lives, they’re given every possible chance for it to be successful. The DBARC team know all too well that helping animals with psychological and behavioural measures as well as physical is also vital to get them off to a good start in their new homes. DBARC love and care for each animal as if they are their own family.
The financial costs of running a rescue are high and for DBARC, as for many, the biggest costs are veterinary. Many of the animals who arrive in their care have serious health issues which require treatment before homes can be found for them. One thing that I’ve always been impressed by is the generosity of people when they know DBARC are in need of financial support for particular cases. Each year, the Susie-Belle Memorial Fund has raised several thousand pounds, all of which has gone directly to helping DBARC continue their excellent work.
This year, I would like to tell you about one dog who is currently in the care of DBARC who will benefit from donations kindly made to Susie-Belle’s fund. As they always do, and knowing it would be costly, DBARC took Cid in and didn’t hesitate to provide all the surgery and other care he needs in order for him to move onto his new life. His treatment will be well over £2000. So with everyone’s help, I’d really like Susie-Belle’s fund to go towards helping little Cid and hope you agree and can donate even just a small amount.
Cid is around 3 years old and a fun, characterful terrier despite what fate handed him. He was found wandering as a stray – just that thought alone always makes me shiver as I cannot imagine how awful it must be for a dog not to have a safe place and companions. It turns out that not only was little Cid homeless and fending for himself on the streets, he was doing so with a painful leg injury, slipping kneecap and cruciate damage. This was something Susie-Belle herself experienced and knowing how it affected her, makes me thankful that Cid is no longer suffering alone on the streets. It’s not known how long he’d been suffering when he was found and taken to safety.
DBARC arranged his surgery this week and here he is, post-op, understandably a bit confused as to what’s gone on, but still his sweet, adorable self.
He’s now back at DBARC on strict kennel rest as he heals from his surgery and will be having physio soon to help him rebuild his leg muscles. In due course he’ll be good to go to his new home, pain free and with a great, active future ahead of him. None of that would be possible without DBARC.
If, in Susie-Belle’s memory, you’d like to help DBARC do what they do so well, please make a donation for Cid, knowing that every penny raised will help this dog go to have a happy life, just as Susie-Belle did when she left the loving care of Janet and her DBARC team.
Donations can be made by visiting this link:
Thank you very much, Susie-Belle will be smiling down on us all, I’m sure.