It was absolute pure luck that took me past a farm that had dogs running free and tied up to dog houses. These dogs had no food or water and were very skinny. I pulled over and made friends with the 75-year old farmer, who did not have electric or running water even for himself. Luckily I had a bag of dog food in the back of my truck, and proceeded to feed and water the 28 dogs.
The one in the worst shape was Sammy. He was tied the farthest away and the farmer was unable to walk back to him to feed him. He was tied to a very heavy chain that caused a lots of hair and scarring on his neck. He had a dog house with no straw or bedding to lay on. The pictures below will show you how emaciated he was. I decided then that I had to convince the farmer to let all of the dogs find a new home and that Sammy should come home with me that day.
It's been a long road for poor Sammy. We started out with small meals every 2 hours. He was severely dehydrated and needed subcutaneous fluids. It took 6 weeks to start increasing the time between feedings but I'm very happy to say that he is at normal weight now and eats twice a day. Of course, I still spoil him with venison on top of his kibble.
He is 75% blind and has since had a small stroke that left him drooling and droopy on the left side. The last thing the vet told me is that they suspect a tumor which would be causing the blindness as well as the little stroke.
Sammy deserves to have the best days in the life he has left, pain-free, and spoiled rotten. He needs to have further testing, x-rays, and a scan so that we can further diagnose him. Please consider making a small donation so that we can ensure he received the best possible veterinary treatment that we can find.
- Jessica Clark
- Darcie Orr
- Erika Daxbeck
- Tricia McNelis
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