Hoblet's story: A greyhound's life turned around
IF proof was ever needed that kindness can overcome cruelty, it can be found in a greyhound called Hoblet.
Hoblet was taken into care by the greyhound rescue group, Friends of the Hound, in late January.
His rescuer, Katrina Koutsellis, of Cooran, could see the little four-year-old hound had a problem with his front left leg.
"He had a 60 degree bend in his leg. He was happy but he couldn't actually walk on it properly."
X-rays showed the leg had been broken in the past but left untreated, had healed awkwardly.
North Coast Veterinary Specialists offered to perform corrective surgery at cost.
Friends of the Hound appealed for help, expecting to take weeks to pool the funds, but had $3000 in donations within 24 hours.
Hoblet underwent successful surgery on February 18 but problems arose afterwards when he developed compartment syndrome which impeded blood flow to the leg.
The vet surgeons operated again to save his leg but it meant the wound had to be left open and dressed every day.
Hoblet's foster carers, Rachel Bailey and her husband, John, of Verrierdale, are not fazed by the extra workload, which extends beyond frequent vet visits to keeping him attached to one of them, by a lead nearly all the time, and carrying him to bed.
Rachel, whose leg was once badly broken when she was hit by a car, felt an affinity with Hoblet and his "Meccano set" leg.
"I've had a lot of surgery on my leg which is the reason I offered to take him. I got it," she sai"He's probably a much better patient than I was," she said.
Katrina said more fundraising would be needed in the future to pay for the blow-out in Hoblet's medical bills.
She said Hoblet, like many other greyhounds, was proving amazingly resilient but it was thanks to many people that he had been given the chance to live a good life.
"All we've experienced in this process is kindness on every level: the vet that did the surgery at cost, the vet that is doing the dressing changes is just doing them for the cost of the bandages, the public - we thought it would take weeks to raise the money.
"It's just inspiring to know there's so much kindness out there to help this little dog."