Dog Battling Cancer Wins Pet Of The Year Award For Selflessness

Gypsy is an 11-year-old Border Collie who has spent most of her life helping out her fellow dogs in need after being rescued herself by her owner. Even when she was diagnosed with cancer, she continued to give of herself. A bravery that earned him the big winner of the pet of the year award.

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Jo Yoli resides in the city of Dirtyin the Greater Manchester in England, with Gypsy she adopted from a shelter 10 years ago. The poor girl was at that time wild, since she had lived in total autonomy on a farm within a pack of dogs. “She didn’t want to go inside and had never been around people, so she was terrified at first”said Joe at Vets Now.

The 40-year-old woman was not her first rescue. Indeed, she works as a foster family for a local shelter. She therefore receives abandoned and/or neglected dogs, cats and rodents at her home. “I tend to take in canines with special needs, often with broken bones or that have been abused, as well as many newborn orphan kittens that need to be bottle raised”clarified Joe.

A vocation is born

As soon as Gypsy was integrated into her new home, she began to assist her mistress. She grooms the kittens, plays with the dogs and brings her comfort to the most unfortunate. “When I have foster rabbits, she sits with them in the garden and watches over them gently”testified Joe.

Illustration of the article: A dog who is battling cancer is the winner of the prize of the pet of the year for her altruism
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At the end of 2021, the veterinarian diagnosed cancer at Gypsy during its annual control visit. She had indeed a growth on the level of the scapula. A subsequent CT scan showed that the sarcoma had not spread. However, she also had heart cancer.

Surgery removed the tumor by removing a piece of his bone. In addition, she is taking treatment to neutralize the progression of the disease in her chest.

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Despite this difficult ordeal, Gypsy continues to care for the residents of her home. Her altruism and benevolence led the jurors of the pet of the year competition to nominate her in the final. “Caring for others is innate in her and I’m so proud that she received the Vets Now Pet of the Year award” told Joe.


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