We hate to ask, but are desperately asking for support and funds to help us in our quest to get new 'Thrusters' for our amazing dog 'Rocket'. All our, we thought. best laid plans in readiness for him living with us, have gone awry. Here's some back history for you...............We originally applied to adopt a lovely girl called Manuela, she was situated in a rescue charity's facility in Southern Spain, and had been rescued from the Malaga dog pound a number of months previous. We were informed that she had already been placed with a family here in the UK, but there was news of her brother Mikel, who unbeknown to the rescue charity, was STILL in the dog pound, over a year since they had been found and placed there. "Would you be interested in adopting him instead?" We were asked. We had never seen him and knew none of his history, but his situation seemed more dire than Manuelas, as they often put dogs to sleep in pounds high in numbers, and so his time really WAS numbered. 'Yes' we said, without hesitation. We were shown photos of him and he looked like a lovely boy, of similar kind and friendly character we were told to Manuelas. Our decision was made. Little did we know that this lovely boy, who we have now renamed 'Rocket' (quite ironically) has severe Hip Dysplasia in both hips and is in dire need of hip replacements. It wouldn't have affected our decision in having him of course, but the problem is that although we added him onto our current dog insurance alongside our fab Mini Schnauzer - Monty, we didn't realise what was coming and the insurance won't cover the amount charged for these types of operation. Rocket is an amazing boy. At only 16 months old now, he is funny and loving, although quite timid to start with, and can be still, when faced with new objects and people, but we are working very hard to build his confidence and show him the world is not a bad place or a hard uncomfortable one, like the concrete dog pound that was his home for more than the first year of his life. We desperately want to give this delightful boy the life that he SHOULD have, as his love of balls is huge and his playful nature really doesn't deserve pain whenever he wants to dart around the garden or park with his best friend Monty. Can you please help us with any amount possible, so that we can give Rocket 2 new hips? We believe the procedures cost in the region of £4-5000 each, so we know it will be hard going, but all dogs deserve a loving home and the ability to run free and play. This is what we want for our boy, whom we love madly in the short time we have had him. We have our insurance for near enough half the cost, so we are trying to raise £2500 with your help, which is so very greatly appreciated.