Starving Dog Ate Sticks and Stones to Survive

No one likes to see a dog suffer and it is certainly not fun to come across a truly emaciated pet. This Weimaraner captured everyone’s attention when a photo began to circulate that encapsulated the animal’s despair. A Louisiana parish animal control group was responsible for the post. Alex is the dog’s name and Deanna Theis was looking to shed light on their condition.

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Friday, October 10, 2014

As the assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, she could not allow this animal to suffer any group. Once she caught a glimpse of the dog’s desperation, she knew that she had to help. She could not believe what she had seen. Alex was essentially starving to death in front of her eyes. If someone did not offer the animal a home soon, he would perish.

Alex isn't sure what all the fuss is about, but he's enjoying the attention he's getting when he's out for a walk. He's…

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The fact that he was even alive is a minor miracle. Deanna could not believe that he had withstood the rigors of his day to day existence. Dogs who are in Alex’s state are typically euthanized. If not for the assistance he had received, he likely would have found himself residing in a high kill shelter. The Southern Animal Foundation’s efforts changed all of that.

11/13 Alex update! Alex had a busy afternoon in a photo-shoot! Local photographer (and SAF client/adopter/volunteer)…

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Thursday, November 13, 2014

They placed him on the necessary diet, allowing him to slowly work his way back to an optimum weight. Within 24 hours, the dog managed to gain well over 2 pounds. Just imagine how happy he must have been to finally receive some well deserved vittles! Once the dog received the typical X-rays, the starkness of his situation came into clearer focus for the rescuers.

We received numerous care packages & checks for Alex today. Thank you to EVERYONE that's been supporting Alex for his…

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Monday, November 10, 2014

The beleaguered dog had been forced to consume sticks and stones in order to survive. After these items were surgically removed from his stomach, he was able to put weight back on more easily. As his health continued to improve, the shelter started to think about potential forever homes. The staffers received numerous requests (and care packages) from those who were interested in Alex’s next destination.

It's a happy (and somewhat sad) day at SAF! Alex, weighing in at 68 lbs, left with his new foster mom today! If all…

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Friday, December 5, 2014

Diane Lundeen was happy to add him to her brood. Her two dogs happened to be the same breed as Alex! This gang of Weimaraners loves each other’s company. His condition continues to improve and he enjoys Diane’s home. If you loved this miracle dog’s story as much as we did, please do not hesitate to share it with the dog lovers that you know. It is always nice to hear some good news for a change.

Alex foster home update: Alex discovered snow while on his Christmas vacation to the midwest. He sniffed it tentatively…

Posted by Southern Animal Foundation on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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