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Patch, the adorable ‘diva’ of canine wellness group MDDB, dies after 10 years with the group

After staying with the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better canine welfare group for a decade, disabled dog Patch has passed away. – Photo via Facebook / Malaysian dogs deserve better

By Sylvia Looi

Monday, June 27, 2022 12:25 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 — Patch was an adorable dog known for his “diva” personality.

He lived his life to the fullest despite a rocky start that saw him move about with only two and 1/3 legs throughout his life.

Patch was also a favorite at gatherings or functions hosted by the Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) dog protection group.

The cute telomanian died last Thursday after being admitted for treatment for pancreatitis at Gasing Veterinary Hospital.

MDDB director Irene Low said his death came as a shock to the group, as they expected him to pull through.

Low said Patch was rescued from a village in Semenyih in 2013.

“A villager had contacted us asking for help from Patch, who at the time was about a month old.”

“When he was found both of his front legs were crushed and infected,” she said, adding that Patch was found alone without his mother or the pack.

Patch when he was a puppy recovering from his injuries.  - Photo via Facebook / Malaysian Dogs Deserve Bette

Patch when he was a puppy recovering from his injuries. – Photo via Facebook / Malaysian Dogs Deserve Bette

After being picked up from the village, Patch was sent to a vet in Kuala Lumpur who suggested he be put down due to his injuries.

“But we decided to seek a second opinion and sent him to Gasing Veterinary Hospital and the chief vet gave his word he would do his best to help Patch.”

After being admitted to hospital, Patch stayed for several months before being released and cared for by a volunteer.

“During his stay with the volunteer, his left limb became infected and we had to make the difficult decision to have him amputated in the shoulder area,” Low added.

The adorable Patch in an MDDB promotion for their adoption campaign.  - Photo via Facebook / Malaysian Dogs Deserve Bette

The adorable Patch in an MDDB promotion for their adoption campaign. – Photo via Facebook / Malaysian Dogs Deserve Bette

Patch finally went to stay at home halfway from MDDB to Puchong in the fourth year after being rescued after going through several foster families.

Despite her disabilities, Low said Patch cultivated a diva personality.

“He was loved by everyone. When he was halfway home, he slept with the babysitter in his room,” Low said.

Patch’s funeral package, which included transportation from the veterinary clinic, hearse service, carcass preparation, casket, cremation and urn, was fully sponsored by Nirvana Asia Group.

Low said this is the second time the group has sponsored a pet funeral package for MDDB.

“The first was for another of our disabled dogs, Justice, in 2017 and his urn is in a kennel at Nirvana Pet Cemetery in Semenyih,” Low said.