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Puppy Gets New Lease Of Life After Eyesight Surgery

Tuesday December 17 2013


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POPPY the puppy, who was born almost blind a year ago, can now see!

Nikki Wroe's family pet, who was born with severe cataracts, has gone from being a quiet and timid pooch into 'a bit of a tomboy' who loves chasing and chewing her toys.

The transformation is down to her having eye surgery costing £4,000, most of which was paid for by well wishers.

Poppy's family organised a sponsored dog walk and other fundraising events to help pay for the surgery and Nikki says they were overwhelmed by the kindness of people who donated money after reading about Poppy's plight.

Before the operation Poppy's mum Lola acted as her guide dog and if she ever get too far away Poppy used to sit down and cry for her help.

Now she is bounding around the family home in Falmouth Close, Monk Bretton and is, for the first time in her life, playing like a proper puppy should.

Since the surgery Nikki has set her alarm for every two hours at night because of the number of different eye drops Poppy needs to be given as her eyesight continues to improve.

She says it's all worthwhile when she sees the improvement in Poppy's quality of life.

"To be honest she's always been loved, but before she was very reliant upon us and always pretty quiet," said Nikki.

"Now it's like she's enjoying being a proper puppy for the first time. In fact she's a right little devil and we couldn't be happier."

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Reply Posted by Nicola on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 19:13
So pleased to hear this , such a beautiful dog x

Reply Posted by Nikki rowe on Wednesday December 18 2013 at 22:11
Thankyou we are so greatful to everyone who helped her to be able to have a better quality of life! Although she is a little monkey now x

Reply Posted by Carol on Saturday December 21 2013 at 20:25
So pleased for poppy and that she is enjoying herself. Lovely story to tell especially when people care enough to hep give her a chance. Have a lovely Christmas.x

Reply Posted by shelley on Saturday December 21 2013 at 21:34
Oh bless her, wonderful news... she's beautiful. I have a boxer and he's the best dog I've ever had, well done to you for doing what you've done for her and well done to everyone who pledged the money, I'm sure she will pay you back with love 10 times over... so nice to read something on here with a happy outcome x

Reply Posted by Mick Clay on Saturday December 21 2013 at 22:15
Thats brilliant I think I got some dolls from you on items for sale last year. I came to pick them up and saw the dog, im really happy you got everything sorted merry xmas.

Reply Posted by nikki rowe on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:39
hi mick yes you did come and saw poppy thats when we were still trying to raise the money for operation

Reply Posted by Colin M on Saturday December 21 2013 at 23:25
A great story ... Coregeous efforts by all. Nice to see a happy story on WAB x

Reply Posted by nikki rowe on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:38
thanks everyone its been well worth the hard work! her close up vision is still developing as she does not stay still long enough for her to focus on things and she will be on medication for the rest of her life, last week i had ipad open and poppy nearly jumped over my head i then realised it was because she could see the reflection from it on the wall behind me it was fantastic to see! after she first had the operation she went into our hall way and just started to freak out could not understand why as nothing was different in there there was only radiator and hoover and they had always been there she walks past them everyday then it occurred to me that she could never see what the hoover looked like before to her it would have just been a object she had to miss! she is amazing xx