A cancer survivor spent £14,000 to save the life of her 14-year-old dog after he helped her recover.
Suzie Sexton was determined to give Paddy every chance after he was hit by a car.
The Yorkshire terrier-poodle cross had been by her side during a long cancer battle.
Suzie, 53, told The Sunday Post: “He’s always been there for me. I’d have spent whatever it took.
“I do love Paddy and couldn’t imagine not giving him a chance. He’s my baby.
“He’s given me 14 years of unconditional love so it was the least I could do to give him this chance.
“He looked after me when I had cancer so I couldn’t let him go.
“Every penny was worth it.”
Suzie inherited Paddy’s mum Penny when a friend couldn’t keep her any longer. And when Penny had pups, Suzie fell for the runt of the litter and kept him.
The accident happened when Suzie and a friend were on a shopping trip in August. She opened the door to speak to someone and Paddy jumped out and ran across the car park.
Suzie, from New Stevenston, Lanarkshire, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2010 and had surgery the following year. That was followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The companionship of Paddy was invaluable for keeping her spirits up.
The vets bill came to £14,000 and Suzie had just £1,000 of insurance cover. So she turned to her local credit union for a £13,000 loan.
“Not giving him a chance of the treatment just wasn’t an option. He was always there for me,” said Suzie.
“I know it’s a lot of money for an old dog but the work the vets did was amazing and it’s worth every penny.”
Paddy has a final check-up next month but, other than a slight limp, vets are happy he’s made an excellent recovery.