DEVOTED schoolboy Thomas Moss is appealing for people to help raise money so his best friend can live.
The 11-year-old of Newcome Road, Fratton, had always wanted a dog.
And last month his wish finally came true when his family bought him Buddy, a Shih Tzu breed, for his birthday.
But when the family went to the vets to vaccinate the 12-week-old puppy, doctors found Buddy had a heart defect.
An operation costing £2,500 needs to be done as soon as possible to give the pup a chance to live.
Thomas, who goes to Isambard Brunel Junior School, said: ‘Buddy is like my best friend.
‘I have wanted a dog all my life, and then on my 11th birthday my family surprised me with him.
‘I have had him for about six weeks and I love him so much. I haven’t had long with my best friend and I don’t want to lose him.’
Mum Tammy Jones, 34, said: ‘Thomas has always wanted a dog for as long as I can remember.
‘And we thought at 11 he’s responsible enough to finally get one.
‘He was so pleased when he got Buddy and he loves spending time with him.
‘Then when we found out about the heart defect Thomas was devastated.
‘The operation will cost £2,500 and I have been trying to think about how we can get that sort of money together quickly.’
To raise the money needed for the operation, the family have organised a sponsored dog walk in Eastney.
People are being asked to meet at Eastney Swimming Pool, Melville Road, at 11.30am to start the walk at midday on Sunday, May 29.
Walkers will go along the seafront, before finishing up at the Round Tower.
Thomas added: ‘I want people to come and join us on the walk so we can raise lots of money.
‘I don’t want to lose my dog.
‘I want to be able to walk him and play with him like normal.’
To take part in the walk, contact Tammy via Facebook by searching for Tammy Jones. Then click on the ‘Saving Buddy’ page to download a form.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on (023) 9262 2130.