Twinklet’s Latest Challenge
When you get involved in rescue work there’s a constant sway that pushes each day along, with a regular tide of good news and bad news; hope and despair; with not enough peaceful days of settled calm in between. The demands are relentless in a world where animals are subjected to all manner of cruelty and are innocent victims of human greed and those with a callous disregard for their sentience. A world where animals are utterly reliant on kinder humans outnumbering the cruel ones.
Over the past few years I’ve been observing, documenting and publicising the work of good rescues. My admiration for those involved has deepened with every story I’ve heard, every heart I’ve seen broken, every tear I’ve known shed for animals who have been abused, harmed, dumped or left bewildered as they find themselves surrendered to a system they don’t understand. I regularly thank whatever forces exist which keep the many kind humans doing what they do, and the animals safe and loved.
One story which touched many in July 2016 when I wrote about her, was Twinklet, the breeding schnauzer who had been found in a field with horrific injuries which included a broken jaw, serious wounds and obvious signs of years of ill-treatment.
Over the course of many months in the expert care of the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre, Twinklet regained her health. She went home to live with DBARC volunteer Donna, and has blossomed into a confident, cheeky dog. Lots of people have met her over the past couple of years when she’s been at walks and events and many have come to love this feisty survivor.
However – and here is one of those challenging ripples – having had double cataract surgery which saved her vision in one eye, she has had persistent problems with her left eye. Unfortunately for Twinklet, this led to a detached retina and permanent vision loss in that eye. Because the eye was quiet and she’d been through so much, the ophthalmologist elected to leave it at the time. But, as was always a possibility, it is now causing her problems, is inflamed and sore and so the decision has been made to remove her left eye.
Donna explains more,
Sadly tomorrow Twinklet has to face another surgical procedure. Although I’m worried for her, and upset that she has to go through more surgery when she’s already endured so much in her life, it’s the right thing to do for her. It’s far more upsetting to think that an eye that’s of no use to Twinklet has been causing her discomfort and even pain, that she will have been bearing with her usual brave stoicism. So it’s my turn now to be brave for her and be ready to support her while she recovers from the surgery. Sightless eyes are notorious for problems, and at continual risk of injury, so this is the best thing for her – even though I hate the thought of the surgery.
I know that the best decision has been made for Twinklet, and that she will be much better off once the eye has been removed. DBARC always make the right choices for all animals that go through their care, and Twinklet is in the very best of hands. But it’s still going to be a tough few days now for her, and for Donna. Twinklet has shown her determination to survive and thrive and she will be demonstrating it again in the coming days. I wish them both much courage and strength and know others will be too.