SEE UPDATE FROM 22/12/2017
Hi everyone, my name is Tonka. I’m a Dogue De Bordeaux (French Mastiff) and I think I’m around 5 and a half years old and a big healthy gentle giant boy dog weighing 65kg.
I’m a rescue dog who was adopted by my daddies mid 2013 after being suddenly abandoned early one morning, I was left tied to a rotten old bench outside an animal rescue centre in Kent. However as soon as the centre posted about me on something called facebook, one of my Daddies fell in love with me and contacted the nice people at the centre immediately to find out more about me. Within two weeks of regular meeting with them I moved to my new home to live forever with my new doggy sister Deeva (also a rescue).
I’m a fun loving dog with a penchant for large bones, pig’s ears and sleeping, my favourite past time though is actually cuddling with my daddies and flirting with complete strangers on the street!
Unfortunately I need surgery on my back right leg due to a Cruciate problem, my operation is called a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy) which is very expensive and complicated more by my size, meaning that the local Vets and animal hospitals are unable to do it - however my Dad’s have found a place that can do it and are equipped for dogs my size. So I’m booked in for December 22nd 2017.
I bet you are thinking - surely they have insurance!? Yes they do, however it will only cover up to a total of £500 for this (actually it's £401 as they take off £99 as excess) which barely covers the x-rays. My Dad’s have learnt from this that you should always read the small print in insurance to check everything is covered and what is included etc. However it's too late now to change that.
The cost of my surgery is estimated by the specialist Vet as £3600, on top of that they will have x-rays, medication, travel (it's over an hours drive away) plus costs already incurred by the local Vet, etc.. so will no doubt exceed £4000.
They know it's a big ask and know that with big dogs like me come big responsibility, big dinners and big bills, but be assured that myself and my furry sister are a huge priority in their lives and without this surgery my mobility will quickly decline as well as risking the same issue in my other leg.
The best Christmas present I could get them would be to have my operation funded and a successful and speedy recovery, so please help me by donating whatever you can as it all adds up.
I will keep you updated with pics and news too so you know that you really have helped me.