It’s Christmas time at Fitzpatrick Referrals, and the festive season is fast approaching. Gabbana is an eleven-year-old Shih Tzu, small but sturdy, one of a family of four rescue dogs all of whom live with mum Rachel in Worcestershire. Her dogs are all named after designer brands, and when Gabbana suddenly collapsed on her back legs she was devastated. Noel suspects that the problem stems from damaged discs between three of Gabbana’s neck vertebrae, which have dried out and compressed her spinal cord and nerves. He intends inserting special spacers (shaped like Christmas trees) in between the vertebrae and then bridging the vertebrae underneath using small pins and cement. It’s a big operation and not without risks. Rachel is anxious to get Gabbana back to best friend Dior in time to collect their doggies’ presents under the tree.