Former Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Buddy the singing dog is in need of a hip replacement after being struck by a van.
Pippa Langhorne, who competed in the ITV talent show in 2011, has launched a fundraising appeal online, asking for help to pay for 10-year-old Buddy’s vet’s bills following the accident.
Langhorne, 29, from Worcester, said Buddy was injured on Monday July 13th during a family walk.
She revealed: "I cancelled my pet insurance at the beginning of lockdown because I thought I've got no work now this year, and that's all I rely on... my singing and Buddy.
"Little did I know he was going to get hit and I (would) have this bill. I just thought, 'I don't actually know how I'm going to pay for this'."
The former BGT contestant initially set her fundraising target on GoFundMe at £1,200, but has now raised it to £5,000 after receiving news that Buddy will require a hip operation.
Describing Buddy as her “soulmate” the mother-of-one wrote, “I’ve never felt so broken in my entire life. Today I got a call from the vets to say he’s slowly walked outside for a wee. My whole heart felt so full again!
“Sadly because of lockdown all my work has gone and I’ve got no funding to pay for buddys treatment which has allowed him to walk again!!”
So far she has raised £415.
Langhorne performs singing classical music with Buddy howling along. Before the incident the pair still attended dog shows and parties together, but the singer is unsure whether Buddy will be able to continue performing after his recovery.
She said: "I just don't know after this accident how he's going to be because I haven't tried singing with him yet.
"He's not good with other people at the moment. If anyone goes near his cage he thinks they're going to hurt him.
"Everything that I have is because of him."