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Response to appeal for poorly dalmatian has been spot on

Jonathan Pettus and his dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUS

Jonathan Pettus and his dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUS

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He has been the most loyal of friends, accompanying his epileptic owner on charity walks and helping to raise money for good causes.

Jonathan Pettus's dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUSJonathan Pettus's dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUS

But now it is seven-year-old Dalmatian, Riggs, who himself needs help after losing his ability to walk properly over the past week.

Jonathan Pettus, from North Walsham, adopted Riggs when he was just nine months old, and the canine has been a much-loved companion to him ever since.

And thankfully, after starting an appeal, Mr Pettus, 41, has now raised more than the £440 need to have Riggs x-rayed to find out what is causing his condition.

Mr Pettus said he was “elated” with the support, which included a £450 donation from the charity British Dalmatian Welfare.

Jonathan Pettus and his dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUSJonathan Pettus and his dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUS

He said: “Thank you to everyone who has donated so far as it is greatly appreciated.

“No matter what we see on the news this is proof that there is much more good than bad in the world.

“Dalmatian Welfare essentially just lifted all the worry of the past four days off my shoulders. Worry that was triggering small seizures in me.

“Riggs stopped being able to walk over the past four days and was limping bad and his leg was shaking. So they need to see what is going on. It may just be his arthritis got really bad out of the blue or there is something else.”

Jonathan Pettus's dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUSJonathan Pettus's dog Riggs. Picture: COURTESY OF JONATHAN PETTUS

Mr Pettus said the dog had been a help to him in more ways than one in relation to his epilepsy, a condition which affects the brain and causes frequent seizures.

He said: “Riggs has been a comfort to me through many seizures and, while not trained has an epilepsy dog, he has shined a few times and alerted me that something was wrong.

“When I have had a big one he has just laid with me. Especially the big seizure back in July of 2017 when I was laid up for a month after pulling all my muscles.

“Stress is a huge trigger for epilepsy and Riggs, as all dogs are, is a huge stress reliever. Every day stress can get to us and that is what dogs are great for.”

Mr Pettus and Riggs have undertaken many walks to highlight the condition of epilepsy, and raised more than £1,800 for Epilepsy Action, which can be found online at www.epilepsy.org.uk.

To read more about Mr Pettus and Riggs, visit his Facebook page called ‘Rambling for Epilepsy’. Anyone who still wants to donate can search www.gofundme.com for ‘X-rays for my dog Riggs’.

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