Sloppy Food is Happy Food
Sloppy food is happy food if your name is Twinklet and you’re recovering from a broken jaw in the safe haven of the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre. A week on from being dumped in a field and left to die with horrific injuries, this little breeding dog has a new name, newly fixed jaw and new life awaiting her just as soon as she’s well enough. While her food is being pureed, and her wounds are being healed, this little starlet has a world of followers watching and willing her to be well.
It’s been a remarkable week for Twinklet, not only has she undergone complicated surgery and taken it in her stride, she’s won othe hearts of thousands around the world who’ve rallied to help out.
When Dogs Today Magazine featured her story on Monday she’d been in the vet hospital over the weekend receiving emergency care ready for her operation on her jaw. Since she was collected from Wales on Friday last week and been with DBARC, supporters have raised almost £3000 to get her treatment underway. As well as this generosity, small and large businesses have been touched by her plight:
- Sweet William have donated a personalised tag, symbolically sweet for a puppy farm dog that had no name a week ago as well as being practically useful;
- Hurtta are sending her a coat;
- Dogrobes have a very swish bathrobe on its way to her;
- Little Lady Creations are raising money with their Sparkle For Twinklet corsages
So much kindness and generosity. Her story’s been shared thousands of times around the world. But there is a real sadness behind this beyond her own suffering: we know she’s just one breeding dog left to a horrible fate after a dreadful life and many acts of cruelty. Many others like her will never be heard about outside the hells they’re confined to and die in.
But for this little starlet, she is well on the way to getting a happy ending. Her road ahead is rocky, there are many health challenges. Her jaw surgery may, or may not work, only time will tell (there are further options if this initial one doesn’t). She has cataracts and she’s certainly nowhere near a young dog. But I’m betting that despite all this, she knows that there’s a life ahead worth fighting for, to be well enough to really enjoy. She’s certainly showing the DBARC team that she’s a tough cookie and wants to be well.
Here she is a short while ago after spending her first night of relative comfort in recovery at DBARC, with Gracie for company today in the gentle sunshine:
We’ll keep everyone updated on her progress over the next few weeks. The Twinklets Smile Appeal Fund is staying open as the costs of her care are unknown. If you’d like to support her, donations can be made on this link: