A FAMILY is searching for a home for their loveable rescue dog after their lives were turned upside down by a life-threatening disease.
Rhiannon Deamer,14, was diagnosed with leukaemia in August after a routine blood test.
The Bideford College student had never been ill in her life but before she knew it she was being transported from North Devon District Hospital to Bristol for emergency treatment.
She then started a five-and-a-half-month course of chemotherapy within a couple of days after being diagnosed.
It means Rhiannon’s family needs to relocate to Bristol while she continues her treatment.
But the family has a dog and cats and although they have rehomed their cats, their husky, called Moley, still needs a new home.
Rhiannon’s mum, Rachael Powell,48, said: “We really need someone to look after Moley. Ideally we want to rent a place in Bristol which would mean we could bring him up here but at the moment we are staying in a CLIC Sargent respite centre.
“Moley is a rescue husky and is very high maintenance. He needs people around him.
“My son is currently looking after him, but obviously he wants to come up here to be with his sister.
“Luckily we have managed to give our cats to a local lady in Bideford.
“We want to be here where the expert care is for Rhiannon.
“Her course of chemo should be finished in February and then the cancer should have gone but there is a chance it could return within the next two years.
“It doesn’t really hit you to be honest. Rhiannon was upset to begin with, but she is very strong.
“She has had a wig made for her by the Little Princess Trust and she said she felt more like herself again when she first put it on.”
Rachael added that the family had managed to get Moley into kennels for two weeks, but they still need someone to look after him long term. If you can help rehome Moley contact Rachael on email@example.com.
Rhiannon’s condition and the help she has received has inspired her stepdad Stuart to climb Mount Everest in 2015 to raise money for CLIC Sargent.
To find out how to donate, search for Rhiannon’s Everest Fund on Facebook.