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Chips down for Lily at fish meal
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WHEN she saw something gleaming by the river bank, Lily the Border collie was so determined to eat it she took the fisherman’s bait – hook, line and sinker.
Unfortunately the scrumptious ball of fish paste still contained the fisherman’s metal hook and was attached to a line of fishing wire.
Within hours eight-month-old Lily was having an operation to remove the whole thing from her stomach, and the very next day she was back to her bouncing self.
Owner Liz Brockman, who lives on a canal boat, said: “We were walking along the river bank in Wallingford when suddenly she dashed for the bait.
“Luckily for me, as soon as she grabbed it the fisherman said, ‘oh no, there’s a hook in there’.
“If I hadn’t known what she’d swallowed she would have been in serious trouble.”
Miss Brockman rushed Lily to Larkmead vets in Cholsey to get her X-rayed and then operated on straight away.
The operation took over an hour as the slippery “boilie”, mostly used for Carp fishing, kept escaping the surgeon’s grasp.
Janet Charleston, who performed the operation on August 7, said: “Prompt treatment means that Lily will not suffer any lasting repercussions from her fish supper.”
Miss Brockman, 59, said that Lilly “can be mischievous”.
“She has one blue and one brown eye – one naughty and one nice. That was definitely a blue eye day.”
She also said she was very grateful to the fisherman for warning her about the spiked boilie, but she never saw him again to thank him.
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