A girl’s best friend

Tegan McEvoy and her puppy Pugsley.
Tegan McEvoy and her puppy Pugsley.
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THEY say a dog is man’s best friend, but this tiny puppy is a teenage girl’s.

Tegan McEvoy – who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just 11 – has had one of her dreams made reality by a charity, who gave her very own pug dog.

The 13-year-old, from central Blackpool, has always loved the breed of dogs, and after a gruelling couple of years of hospitals, tests, treatment and partially losing her sight, charity the Starlight Foundation and Tegan’s mum Jane both felt she deserved a special treat.

It was after Tegan kept suffering headaches and then told her mum she couldn’t see out of her left eye her condition was discovered.

Jane took her to the walk-in centre in Blackpool, and she was then taken to the Victoria Hospital and given an MRI scan which showed the tumour.

It was a devastating blow for the family, and Tegan has had to undergo countless trips to hospital and taking lots of medication over the last two years.

Earlier this year, Jane applied to Starlight, which grants wishes for youngsters with serious and terminal illnesses, asking for help.

She said: “It’s been a really tough couple of years and Tegan has been so brave.

“It was a massive shock when we found out she had a brain tumour. It was even more upsetting because we had lost my sister from a brain tumour in 2007, aged 
just 34.

“Tegan hasn’t had surgery, but has had to spend a lot of time in hospital having treatment and taking lots of medication.

“Tegan still has to go to hospital many times a year for various treatments and examinations, but she never complains and takes everything in her stride.

“I knew how much she loves pugs, she loves to draw pictures of them, so I knew how much having a pug would mean to Tegan.

“We’re ever so grateful to Starlight for their help – it really has made such a difference for Tegan.

“Me, her dad Chris and her younger brother Ethan, who is 10, know a pug would make Tegan happy and as a family that would make us all happy too.”

Tegan said: “Pugsley is really cute – I have already taught him to sit. He is really playful.

“I love pugs, I created a display in my room, with pictures of them.

“Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved pugs and wanted one. It has helped to cheer me up.”

To refer a child for a wish or to make a donation, log on to www.starlight.org.uk