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If you need us for an urgent enquiry of an emergency just call, we answer the phone 24 hours a day (01235) 524 777. Emergencies in the night are seen at our Abingdon Veterinary Surgery. Please note we have a reduced staffing level at night so we would kindly ask that for routine enquiries and appointments you call during our main opening hours.

Abingdon Veterinary Surgery
The Vineyard,
OX14 3NR
T. (01235) 524 777
E. abingdonhospital@abivale.com

Betty’s Story… (as told by Betty)

Posted: 13th November 2017

I don’t like to remember my time before I was rescued. The human who had me wasn’t very nice to me. I always had to stay in a small cage in a dark room. I couldn’t go outside for the toilet so I had to mess on my bed. I remember feeling very itchy – I didn’t have as much fur as the other dogs, my eyes were always very sore and I had trouble seeing, I was always feeling hungry and had an upset tummy.

I was never allowed outside, but one day, the human I was with decided they couldn’t take care of me with all of my problems so they put me outside alone. I was excited because I hadn’t been outside for a really long time, but I was also scared. I couldn’t get back inside so I started walking. I wasn’t sure where to go. It was a very sunny day and I quickly became very hot and tired, and my skin was so itchy that I had to scratch myself on fences and I made myself bleed. I’m not sure how long I wandered for. Then a strange man with a van found me and put me in a cage. I’d never been in a car before. It smelt funny and there were other dogs in cages too. It was very loud and bumpy and I was scared. I couldn’t stop shaking. Thank goodness, the journey wasn’t very long. The man took me out of the cage and took me into a big white building. I wasn’t sure where I was or where he was taking me, but everyone seemed very happy to see me. I didn’t realize at the time, but I was about to meet my mum.

The man took me in to a room and we waited for a little while. I was given some water and some food – it was delicious. And then my mum walked in. I knew it was her the moment I saw her. She said hello to me and smiled. She gave me a good look over, checking my skin and my heart – even inside my mouth! She told me I was a good girl, that I was safe, and that she was going to make me feel better. She gave me cuddles and kisses even though I was real stinky! My old human never did those things.

I stayed in the hospital for a couple of days while my mum gave me medicines to make me feel better. Then the day came when she took me home. Now, she said it was just for a little while, until she found a new home for me. I think we both knew she was telling porkies when she said that! I was home, and she was my mum. It’s a match made in heaven. She loves me – even though I keep her awake with my snoring and blame her for my farts; and I love her – even though she makes me have a bath and doesn’t let me eat the cat poop.

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