Posted 28d ago
This loveable pug Thelma needs your help to breathe and live her life to the fullest.
Owner Stacey describes Thelma as “joyful, incredibly loving and a very happy little soul that needs to be saved”.
After being diagnosed with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome, Thelma struggles to do many of the things that most dogs love, like playing outdoors and sunbathing.
To help Thelma thrive, Stacey is currently fundraising £2,500 for life-changing surgery.
Stacey McCabe, 46, from Surrey, found platinum pug Thelma on Gumtree in May 2020, when she was just four years old.
“I was looking for a pug for my son Brandon. Our black pug Elvis had totally imprinted on me, and I wanted Brandon to have that bond.
“I didn’t want a puppy, though. My heart lies with rescue pugs,” Stacey said.
When Stacey came across Thelma online, she had already had three litters of puppies.
“Her owner handed Thelma over to me for £800. Thelma was a state - anxious, clingy and underweight.”
Stacey fell in love with Thelma instantly and, after 18 months of nursing her back to health, Thelma is a joyful dog that loves life.
Stacey and Thelma (Image: Stacey McCabe)
“She always has the biggest smile on her face.
“We say ‘if it fits, she sits’ - Thelma loves to sit on anyone’s lap,” Stacey said.
Stacey describes Thelma as an active pug that will run, jump and play. But despite her zest for life, Thelma really struggles to breathe.
Her vet diagnosed her with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) which means her internal and external head shape prevents her from breathing properly.
“When Thelma reached a healthy weight, her breathing issues became more apparent,” Stacey explained.
“I want to help her, but financially it’s a huge deal.”
Stacey is currently fundraising £2,500 for Thelma’s BOAS surgery.
“Our insurance won’t cover the cost because it’s genetic.
“Our vet has explained there isn’t enough space in Thelma’s mouth. Her breathing passage isn’t long enough to breathe easily and freely.”
Thelma often wakes herself up by snoring so loudly, and struggles to go outside in the summer. On walks, she often ends up in her brother Elvis’ pug buggy.
Thelma and her brother Elvis (Image: Stacey McCabe)
“Thelma is quite an anxious dog from her previous start in life. She gets very stressed and is unable to calm herself down. It’s as if she’s having panic attacks.
“Anything can trigger them - even someone knocking on the front door. When Thelma is stressed, she can’t breathe well at all,” Stacey said.
Thelma’s quality of life is considerably reduced.
“I can tell she is uncomfortable all of the time,” Stacey said.
Thelma brings so much happiness into the family’s lives, and Stacey would really love to help her.
“She is joyful, incredibly loving and a very happy little soul that needs to be saved. Anything you can donate would be amazing and greatly appreciated,” Stacey added.
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