When Ceri Jackson’s beloved pet, Fudge, was diagnosed with cancer, the dog-lover refused to accept defeat.
“Over the years we’ve battled together against arthritis, skin allergies and anything else in between and I’ve always been able to do whatever was needed to help him or make him better – no questions,” she says.
“Even now I would fight for him. I would do whatever it takes to help him,” says Ceri, who lives in the UK.
Her labrador, Fudge (12), was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer last July after she spotted a growth in his left nostril.
A biopsy showed he had an aggressive carcinoma in his nose and the only treatment was to cut it off.
“It was devastating. We didn’t really have concerns about what he would look like, we were just so worried about him having such surgery,” Ceri says.
Ceri (35) and her boyfriend Karl (28) did everything they could to save their fur child.
The couple raised money for Fudge's treatment, which cost £5 800 (approximately R117 000), despite facing criticism from people who felt he should be put down.
“Some people asked why we would want to put him through it if he's 11, but Fudge is a puppy at heart," she says.
“He is so full of love and character; we had to give him that chance to have more time and adventures with us.”
Three days after his surgery, Fudge was back home with a clean bill of health.
Amazingly, vets say he can smell as normal.
“At first, we had to guide him around the house and feed him by hand until he learnt how to move his mouth in a new way to eat from his bowl," Ceri says.
“Fudge is a very pampered pooch and because he has a few allergies we have to tailor his diet,” she adds.
Since his surgery, Fudge has become of something of a celebrity.
Because of his unusual appearance, he and Ceri are often stopped when they go for walks and he has over 2 000 devoted followers on Instagram.
“People will ask what’s happened and I am happy to share to raise awareness. We are so proud of Fudge and all he has been through and how well he has adapted,” she says.
He’s also been picked to model for doggy accessory brands Bella Bows and Roxy’s Thread.