PUPPY LOVE: Lani Moore of South Lismore with Trixie, the dog she is fostering.
PUPPY LOVE: Lani Moore of South Lismore with Trixie, the dog she is fostering. Cathy Adams

Sick Trixie's road gets rougher

FOSTER dog Trixie, the staffy kelpie cross with a liver condition The Northern Star met last month, and her foster carer Lani Moore, who is trying to raise the money required for the pup's treatment, are in for a harder road than they thought.

Animal Rights and Rescue Group founder Barbara Steffensen explained that from Trixie's scan last month, what specialists thought was an operable condition is actually a microscopic liver shunt that is inoperable.

In addition, it's believed Trixie has dwarfism and she's now up for a lifetime of medication and treatment.

Ms Steffensen said this means all they can do is try to treat Trixie and keep her comfortable.

She said the response from the public had been amazing and they're now looking for someone "with a very special heart" to adopt her.

"Animal lovers are wonderful, they never fail to stand up and help," Ms Steffensen said.

Ms Moore said while the prognosis wasn't good, with the right treatment, Trixie would be able to live a happy life.

She would be able to live five years at least, which is better than if she were put down now, because that way she would have had only eight months of life.

Ms Moore said she was glad they hadn't put Trixie down as "she's a happy dog" who loves life.

While ARRG is still looking for a person to adopt Trixie, Ms Moore said she's been happy to take the role of carer as she's trying to raise the money needed for Trixie's care.

The Trixie Appeal will have the Charity of the Day stall at Lismore Car Boot Markets on July 7.

You can donate to her treatment at gofundme.com /2uzqcw. Phone Animal Rights and Rescue Group Lismore on 66221881 or 66221020 to volunteer, to foster an animal or to donate.



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