A story about a starving dog that just a few month ago had been eating twigs and rocks has found a happy ending.
The Weimaraner named Alex that was weighing only 43 pounds was picked up on the streets of New Orleans and taken to Vermillion Parish’s Rabies Animal Control.
Alex was so severely exhausted that when assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, Deanna Theis, saw a photo of him, she was stunned he was still alive.
She knew he didn’t have a chance to survive unless he was immediately pulled from the shelter, so that’s exactly what she did.
Multiple X-Rays revealed that Alex had been eating rocks and twigs to fill his stomach, as he was so desperate for food.
His health was touch and go in the beginning.
Alex’s severe starvation caused him a serious setback when his stomach reacted to the nutrition he was receiving and it flipped.
In order to remove the foreign objects from his stomach and to combat the dangerous condition, he had to have immediate emergency surgery, but the resilient dog pulled through.
He went into foster care with Diane Lundeen after he had sufficiently recovered. By that time she already had two Weimaraners at home and when she fell in love with Alex as soon as she met him.
He fell in love too, and gained 10 pounds in the first week home with her.
As four months passed, Diane knew she couldn’t part with the dog whose eyes were so haunting when they first met.
Those same eyes are bright and full of happiness now that he’s found a forever home with Lundeen and his new siblings.
Every picture Alex is in now, he’s smiling.
Now he weighs almost 80 pounds says Lundeen:
“He has good color in his gums, his eyes are bright and when he goes to sit down he doesn’t whine. He has this incredible joy for life that’s awesome.”
Way to go, Alex! I’m so happy to see him make such a miraculous recovery.