Help Assistance Dog Mazey

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Mazey is a 12 month old Rottweiler puppy, in training to be an assistance dog for her autistic owner Nicola. 6 weeks ago Mazey fell while playing with another dog, injuring her leg. The vet hoped that it was a simple sprain, but after lead walking & rest, Mazey is still in a lot of pain and Nicola is desperately worried that she has seriously damaged her leg.

The vet has recommended that Mazey have a CT scan of both of her front legs – costing in the region of £4000 – £5000, but sadly Mazey’s insurance policy does not cover that. However we did find a very kind vet 250 miles away that was willing to do all of the scans she needs for the cost that Mazey’s policy would cover. Sadly this leaves nothing at at all for any further treatment, such as surgery. Although Nicola is eligible for free PDSA treatment, they have told her they do not do those type of scans and cannot help Mazey. Nicola is disabled and on a very low income so she has no option but to ask for help so that Mazey can get better.

Mazey’s initial scans have shown that she has damage to her left leg that will require an operation costing about £2500. BUT – she is limping on the opposite leg and will almost certaily need surgery on that too if the vet's suspicions are correct re what she has done to her leg! So, tomorrow Nicola and Mazey will make the 500 mile round trip for more scans  (Thursday 20th September).


At the moment Mazey is on painkillers & anti-inflammatory medication to try to help keep her comfortable, but she is still sore and limping. She is only being walked on the lead to help make sure her leg is not damaged further and this is making her desperately unhappy. It is also badly affecting Nicola’s health, as she cannot leave her home without Mazey by her side. It’s important Mazey gets treatment as soon as possible to avoid her leg getting worse, though until she has had had initial scans ,the vet does not know what treatment she will need to be cured.

If Mazey  needs surgery, that could be in the region of £5000 not to mention subsequent physiotherapy and ideally a proper insurance policy going forward - bearing in mind assistance dogs are charged 5 times the normal rate! Most people imagine the insurance companies would give disabled people a discount, not charge them more than their entire PIP to insure their dog.

Nicola went to see Mazey when she was only 3 weeks old and it was love at first sight. She came home at 10 weeks and they have been inseparable ever since, the pair not having spent more than an hour apart in over 9 months.

Nicola is training Mazey with Recovery Assistance Dogs, which specialise in helping owners train their own dogs for mental health problems. Nicola has autism & PTSD, which in turn cause her to suffer from agoraphobia and severe anxiety & depression. Nicola has no family members and struggles to make friends due to her autism. Before Nicola got Mazey, she was extremely lonely and isolated, at one stage having spent over two years confined to her home, her only human contact being a 10 minute appointment with her GP once a month. Nicola’s therapist suggested she consider an assistance dog, which her GP agreed was an excellent idea, leading to Mazeys’ purchase several months later.


Mazey has totally transformed Nicola’s life. As she must be walked several times per day, Nicola has no option but to leave the house, with Mazey supporting every step she takes. Nicola now has the confidence to go out to the shops during the day, instead of in the middle of the night the way she used to, as she was so scared of people. No-one can resist Mazey and she has led to Nicola making friends with the staff in all of her local shops, in addition to many of the customers who ask if they can stroke Mazey.

Without Mazey, Nicola is worried that she will go back to being too scared to go outside. Her anxiety & depression are getting worse very quickly with all the worry about Mazey and what will happen to her if her leg is not treated. The vet has recommended that Mazey continue to work lightly, as she needs some exercise and meeting her friends in the supermarket is a good distraction from her sore leg. However both Nicola & Mazey desperately miss the walks they used to go on together, Mazey’s leg being too sore to be allowed off lead to run & play any more. 

Mazey's website  where Nicola will post details on Mazey's progress and how she is coping. Nicola is also writing a book on Mazey: you can read new chapters every week on her website. 

Mazey also has a YouTube Channel  - you can see how bad her leg is in this video -  https://youtu.be/133BFN_81q0

Most of the lovely pics you can see of Mazey were taken by pet photographer Vicky Bloor ( https://vickybloor2018.wixsite.com/photography) or by her breeder Nelly's Angels Kennels

Please can you help Mazey recover and live a normal life again.

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Here is a video I took yesterday. You can see how incredibly painful Mazey's legs are. She is lame on both front legs following her fall, and she is having to choose the least painful to limp on.
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Mazey and I were due to travel down to Essex today (a 500 mile round trip) for more CT scans on her legs. Unfortunately I have had multiple panic attacks, followed by a migraine with all the stress and I could just not make the journey of 5-6 hours driving.

I feel I have let my wonderful Mazey down, when she needs me so badly. I can't stop crying. I am so so sorry Mazey.

Here is one of Mazey's puppy pics to try and cheer us both up (she gets upset when I cry)
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Mazey had an initial CT scan in Essex on Friday but unfortunately now has to go back to Essex for another scan. The initial results showed that she has damage to her left leg (and she will need an operation on it) - even thought it is her right leg that she is limping on - so there is obviously another problem with the right leg which we need to investigate further.

It is a long drive. It took me 3 days to recover from the first one, so I am not looking forward to it, and of course the petrol is very expensive which is a big worry.
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An exceptionally kind vet in Essex has said he will do Mazey's scans for the amount the insurance will pay out under her policy- which is a Godsend. To give you an idea of cost, locally we were quoted between £860 and £1300 for ONE ELBOW. The vet is scanning both of her entire front legs for me, meaning he is not charging for almost all the work. The scans are vital to see exactly what is wrong with Mazey so we can come up with a plan of action to treat her.

I hope the vet will let me post his name & practice in due course, but I can understand why he may be reluctant. So many people are in desperate need for help for their pets, that he probably thinks he would be inundated with people asking for his help. I can’t express how grateful I am to him, and also to SIMONE WEEKS and STEPHANIE EVANS who have also made donations to Mazey’s cause. Thank you both so very, very much.

I also want to say another big thanks to VICKY BLOOR who took so many of the wonderful images you see of Mazey - which were originally done for the Rottweiler in Need Charity calendar (Mazey was asked to appear as there are not many Rottweiler assistance dogs) If you need any pet photography done here is her website - https://vickybloor2018.wixsite.com/photography

So, tomorrow night Mazey and I will pack our bags and at the stroke of midnight, we will start the long drive down south, as our appointment is at 9am on Friday.I get a lot of panic attacks, so we are leaving 9 hours for the drive down, in order that Mazey and I can stop for rests if I am unwell.
I am so very scared at what might be found and what will happen to Mazey if she needs an operation. I'm also scared we will get stranded as I can't really afford the petrol for the drive: if any surprise withdrawals come out of my bank account we are done for :( Lastly I'm horribly worried for my elderly cats who will miss one dose of their 12 hourly medication. I know it will not affect them too much, but it is not ideal – however I have no choice. One of the big disadvantages of autism is having no friends to call on for help.

I will update what happens on Friday and what the results of the scans are. Mazey and I know how hard things are for everyone just now, and even if you can’t donate, please spread the word about Mazey’s campaign.
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