"Sick as a dog" was not a phrase TV Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick planned on taking so literally until he found himself recovering alongside one of his patients.
The TV vet shares a particular empathy with cocker spaniel Cookie as he recuperates from foot surgery at the same time as Cookie discovers a new lease of life after being given two bionic feet.
"Cookie wanted to run around long before she was allowed to do so, and I share her frustrations on my crutches," he said.
"I think my own surgery is nature's way of bringing me closer to not only what my patients go through physically but also mentally. I'm raring to get back in the surgical saddle - and Cookie gives me hope - because now she finally is running around the field.
"(She's) one small hairy fluffy bundle of hope with two bionic feet, two bionic hips, and a boisterously bionic attitude to life."
Cookie's surgery can be seen on The Supervet on Channel 4 at 8pm tonight