A dog that ate twigs and stones just a couple of months earlier located a pleased ending.
A Weimaraner named Alex was picked up on the streets of New Orleans and required to animal control for rabies in Vermillion Church, weighing just 43 pounds.
Alex was so impoverished that Deanna Theis, assistant supervisor of the Southern Animal Foundation, when she saw his picture, was impressed that he was still alive.
She knew he would not survive unless he was instantly pulled form the shelter, so that’s what she did.
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As he passed clinical tests, X-Rays found that Alex wanted food so desperately that he ate stones and twigs to fill his tummy.
His health was touch and go at first. Alex’s severe starvation caused him a serious set back when his stomach reacted to the nutrition he was receiving and it flipped.
He had to urgently operate to remove foreign items and combat the harmful condition, but the canine withdrew.
After recovering enough, he went into foster treatment with Diane Lundeen. She already has 2 Weimaraners at home and when she met Alexa, she instantly fell in love with him. And he fell in love, gaining 10 pounds in the first week at home with her.
Four months later, Diane knew she couldn’t part from a canine whose eyes were so haunting when they initially met. Those very same eyes are bright and filled with joy now that he has found a house forever with Lundeen and his new siblings.
Now in each picture Alex smiles.
Lundeen says that he is almost 80 pounds currently: “He has great color in his gums, his eyes are bright, when he goes to sit down he does not whine. He has this incredible joy for life that’s incredible.”.
Congratulations, Alex! We are so pleased to see him amazingly recovering.