Rescue dog Ruby helps Bassendean resident chase away cancer

Rescue dog Ruby helps Bassendean resident chase away cancer

A BASSENDEAN resident says her dog “rescued” her from a 20-month fight with stomach cancer.

Sue Robinson (61) was diagnosed in February 2015 and adopted her rescue dog Ruby five months later.

Ms Robinson and Ruby will be participating in the Cancer Council of WA’s Bark For Life community walk event.

The event features dogs and their owners who have experience with cancer walking together to raise money for cancer research.

Ms Robinson said Ruby, her third Boxer dog in 20 years, immediately slotted into her family.

“We include Ruby in everything that we do… when we go off on holidays, we try to find friendly properties and take her with us,” she said.

“When I am unsteady on my feet with the numbing and tingling side effects of chemotherapy, she seems to be very aware of that.

“They (dogs) are just in tune to you if you are not well and I do not know what we would have done without Ruby.”

Ms Robinson said her health had improved after 51 rounds of chemotherapy but she could not guarantee that she would be fit to join Ruby for the walk.

“The last scan I had showed an almost complete response to the treatment which means I had tumour in my stomach and several spots in my abdomen as well – all those spots are cancer-free now and now the tumour is virtually gone,” she said.

“We got over the first hurdle of getting to remission and now the next hurdle is to stay in remission and get healthy.”

Ms Robinson said she would like to do volunteer work once she regained her strength.

The walk will be held at Paul Hasluck Reserve on November 13 from 10am to 12pm.