Buddy’s back – and now I’ve finally got the best friend I always wanted

ALL SMILES Thomas Moss with his pet Buddy.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112068-2)
ALL SMILES Thomas Moss with his pet Buddy. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112068-2)
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From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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SCHOOLBOY Thomas Moss will finally be able to play with his new puppy Buddy thanks to the generosity of supporters who paid for a lifesaving operation.

The future had been looking bleak for the shih tzu terrier, given to Thomas as a birthday present when he turned 11.

HELPING OUT People who took part in the sponsored dog walk

HELPING OUT People who took part in the sponsored dog walk

The poor pet had a life-threatening heart defect and needed surgery to get him back up and running.

Desperate Thomas turned to The News for help – and he was overwhelmed by the generosity of readers and other supporters who stepped in to help.

The heart procedure cost £2,500 which Thomas’s family could not afford.

They organised a sponsored dog walk to raise money and the cash started rolling in.

Around £800 was generated by the event and a local dog charity has stepped in to fund the rest.

Buddy has finally had his operation and has now been given the all-clear by vets.

He is recovering and will soon be fit and active enough to run around with Thomas and lead a life like any other dog.

Thomas, who goes to Isambard Brunel Junior School, Wymering Road, said: ‘This is brilliant news.I’m happy and glad that he survived the operation.

‘Once his stitches are out I’m looking forward to playing with him. I know he needs to rest right now. Finally I’ve got the best friend I’ve always wanted to have.’

Mum Tammy Jones, 34, of Newcome Road, Kingston, raised around £800 from a sponsored 3.5-mile dog walk.

The rest of the money was donated by the Chichester and District Dog Rescue Society.

Tammy said: ‘I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped. I was surprised at the number of people who turned up to the walk and donations we’ve had. I want to thank The News for all they have done.

‘But a big thank you goes to the Chichester and District Dog Rescue Society, which was so generous with its donation. We’re so grateful to them and I’m going to organise a fundraising event each year to support it.’

The chairman of the Rescue Society said that the charity agreed to help Buddy because they knew he faced a race against time.

Chairman John Hodgson said: ‘We have agreed to guarantee the funds for the operation.

‘Pre-funding the operation meant it reduced the stress on Thomas and the family and ensured that Buddy has the best possible chance of life.’