While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in unique ways, for Brendan, it has been both a blessing and a curse.
As a photographer and musician, he has been left without a way to earn an income. But being at home has also meant he’s been able to care for his beloved dog Biscuit.
Her hip had “popped out” twice before and twice, she was able to be treated with non-invasive procedures. But our vets had told Brendan that if it happened a third time, she would need surgery.
As luck would have it, it happened at the beginning of lockdown, right when Brendan’s gigs were forced to cancel.
“There were so many sleepless nights,” he said. “She is my life as I don’t have family.”
Lort Smith offers a range of options to clients who are experiencing financial hardship. Lort Smith worked with Brendan – who had shown such dedication to his dog – to find the right way forward for both he and Biscuit.
The surgical team removed the ball part of Biscuit’s hip joint and created a new false joint to allow her to walk without pain.
Brendan did everything he could to make sure Biscuit’s recovery was as easy as possible.
“She slept on the bed with me. I had to carry her outside so she could go to the toilet and I hand fed her … I even built her some stairs next to my bed, so she could get up and down easily.”
Brendan reported that Biscuit is now strong enough to be able to play ball again in the back yard. She can also jump onto Brendan’s bed without needing the stairs!
“In a way, I’m fortunate there was a lockdown so I could be with her when she needed me most,” he said.
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