A dog who had been eating twigs and rocks just a few months ago has found a happy ending. The Weimaraner named Alex was picked up on the streets of New Orleans and was taken to Vermillion Parish’s Rabies Animal Control weighing just 43 pounds.
Alex was so severely emaciated that when Deanna Theis, assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, saw a photo of him, she was sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ he was still ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ.
“When I first met him, he was really thin that drew me to him and his eyes were so haunting and piercing,” Diane Lundeen explained to WVUE.
“We saw a ᴛᴇʀʀɪꜰɪᴇᴅ and emaciated dog that needed help and need help fast,” Deanna Theis said.
“Seeing the picture was one thing, seeing him in person was very emotional. When I picked him up I couldn’t help but tear up, and feel very sad for him,” she told HuffPost in an email. “I hugged him and kissed him on the head and told him he will be OK now.”
“He was hesitant coming out of his transport crate, but when out, immediately kicked my hand and began wagging his tail.”
They put him on a controlled diet to restore his strength and build his weight. After just 24 hours he’d already gained 2 pounds. Yet there was more sadness to come. The foundation gave Alex a medical examination that included X-rays of his insides. It turned out the Weimaraner had been sᴜʀᴠɪᴠɪɴɢ on sticks and rocks as he ꜰᴏᴜɢʜᴛ to sᴛᴀʏ ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ.
Alex underwent sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ to rid his stomach of the accumulated debris and then has been put on a prescription diet that will hopefully ensure he continues to gain weight.
Finally the day came for Alex to be adopted into his forever home. Having been nursed back to health, and having proven himself a kind boy who only wanted to be loved, Alex moved in with Diane Lundeen, a woman who already owned two Weimaraners.
Alex and his siblings got to spend Christmas in Oklahoma City, romping around in the snow. He’s now up to 80 pounds, and his health and happiness continue to improve.