Meaghan and great mate Freya, who is back on her feet after an operation


Christian Tatman, Mornington Peninsula Leader

February 19, 2018 12:00am

WHEN blue heeler cross Freya was ill, her best mates Meaghan and hubby David feared their beloved pooch had heatstroke.

But when Freya refused to eat or drink and was disinterested in her family, they knew it was far more serious.

The Toogarook couple took Freya to Peninsula Vet Care Rosebud, where Dr Dr Ben Porter discovered the source of the problem during an examination — a nectarine pip possibly dropped by a bird in the family’s garden.

Dr Porter said the pip had been stuck in Freya’s small intestine before it was removed during surgery under full anaesthetic.

He said Freya — possibly the toughest dog he had ever come across — had made a full recovery post surgery.

For Meaghan and David, there was no question about going ahead with the operation — despite still paying off vet bills for other treatments.

“She’s such a beautiful girl. She’s always wonderful with the kids,” Meaghan said. “She’s one in a million.”

The Pet Medical Crisis Fund (PMCF) — a not for profit, volunteer run charity, that assists disadvantaged pet owners who cannot afford surgery to keep their pet alive — stepped in with $1000 to help with the latest bill.

Fund head Jennifer Hunt said Freya was an important part of her family’s life.

“It is the generosity of the public and our Facebook community that enables this work to be done,” she said.

“We are just the front line that get the joy of telling them that like-minded people are enabling this to happen — wanting their girl to survive and go home again.”

To support the Pet Medical Crisis Fund, click here

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