Bumble may not have the years ahead of her that such a special dog deserves, but the love, fun and adventure filling her remaining days would be enough to last most pets a lifetime.
From beach trips and shopping sprees to parties and painting sessions, the American staffie-cross is busy ticking off experiences on an ambitious bucket list, all in between helping other dogs arriving in Blue Cross care.
Bumble found herself at the doors of Blue Cross’s Tiverton centre back in November. She had been seized by police after her previous owner allegedly used her to threaten officers, something that anyone who meets this loveable and affectionate girl struggles to get their head around. Nobody knows what other sad times lie in her past.
She immediately stole the heart of Charlotte Mullarkey, an Animal Behaviour Coordinator at the centre who agreed to foster Bumble due to health concerns flagged on the four-year-old dog’s arrival.
Although otherwise bright, Bumble immediately started to urinate blood and a scan at the vets soon revealed that she had mass in her tummy. Vets investigated further when neutering her and discovered a cyst on her kidney. Antibiotics failed to cure the condition, so the kidney was removed and the tumour on it was found to be cancerous.
Devastatingly, Bumble continued to have blood in her urine as the cancer had spread to her remaining kidney.
She was given just months to live.