Payback for saving our beloved Betsy

Joyce and Diane with Betsy
Joyce and Diane with Betsy

A Kirkcaldy couple have said a massive thank you to everyone who has helped them raise over £6000 to repay the kindness of a national charity which saved their beloved dog.

Guide Dogs for the Blind stepped in to save the day when Betsy, a golden retriever pup which Joyce and Diane Hankin of the town’s Duddingston Drive were training, took seriously ill.

The charity footed the £6000 bill to correct a serious liver condition Betsy had been born with.

Betsy, who is now a year old, needed vital specialist surgery after Joyce and Diane, both registered puppy walkers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, noticed she was lethargic and drinking lots but was off her food.

A visit to the vet resulted in her being admitted and it was discovered that she had a liver shunt which meant that her liver didn’t function properly and she was being poisoned by toxins in her body.

Despite being warned to prepare for the worst, Betsy pulled through surgery and is now thriving, although her condition meant she could no longer be considered as a guide dog.

She has been adopted by Joyce and Diane, who have two other former guide dog puppies as pets.

The couple were determined to repay Guide Dogs for the Blind for the cost of the surgery, and Joyce and a group of friends took part in the Kirkcaldy Loony Dook on New Year’s Day. Then last weekend they held a big fundraising night in the town’s Beveridge Park Hotel, which was attended by 150.

“It was an absolutely brilliant night and everyone was very generous,” said Joyce. “We will now be able to more than repay the kindness of Guide Dogs for the Blind for saving Betsy.”