When a dog’s owner is an orthopedic surgeon, you’d assume they’d be pretty pragmatic about their pet’s joint disorder and what needs to be done to fix it. But although Graham talks very knowledgeably to Noel about Bertie’s osteochondritis dissecans (a painful condition that also occurs in humans), he surprises the vet by getting emotional about his boisterous young fox red labrador. “Gosh, he’s so soppy!” Noel laughs. But what Graham finds even harder to cope with is Bertie’s mournful post-op expression and whimpers. Also in Noel’s surgery is Sophie, a springer spaniel who’s already had several procedures on her slipping kneecap, and rescue cat Jade, who has a deformed back leg.