Some situations demand a response from anyone with a heart. While we often walk past hurtful sights on the street, some simply call out to us and touch our hearts in a way that others don’t. When those moments happen, it’s our duty to do what we can to help the situation.
Sadly, these unfortunate situations involve animals that have been severely abused.
All dogs are worthy of love and affection. When we see a dog that has been hurt or abandoned by a human, there is something deep inside us that wants to help. It’s that empathy that saved one special dog.
Watson was first seen on the side of the road and presumed dead.
When people saw the sad, crumpled body of a dog on the side of the road, they assumed the worst. The little creature looked like it had been dead for quite some time and had almost no fur on its body. You could almost see through its skin, and it was so skinny, and its ribs poked out.
When the humans who first found the body got closer, they were shocked.
The dog they presumed was dead was breathing! Somehow the little animal was clinging to a thin thread of life. The slow rise and fall of the gaunt body let them know that if there was going to be any sort of rescue, it had to happen now.
A local rescuer was contacted and they rushed out to see the dog.
Arriving at the scene, people gathered around the dog to get him ready to leave. Naming him Watson, they knew that they had to act fast. Watson was in such poor condition that he didn’t even respond when the rescuers came to save him.
When he was finally taken to the vet the list of problems was a mile long!
Poor Watson was in rough condition. When the vet gave a full examination, they were shocked at how bad it was. The most obvious issue was mange. The lack of fur and scabbing on his body gave that one away rather easily. The rest weren’t as obvious. Watson had missing teeth, heartworms, heart disease, and was nearly starved.
After easing him into some treatments, he responded a little more each day.
Spending so much time without food or shelter had rendered the little dog nearly unresponsive when he was found. Now, finally, he was giving the rescues a tail wag here and a head lift there.
Getting all spruced up and healthier than he had ever been, it was time for the fun part – getting him a home!
Watson was taken in by the Houston K-911 Rescue, who then started working on getting him a place to live. A dog, much like a human, needs love and affection just as much as it needs medical treatment. Finally, they found someone to foster him.
Despite the good news of the foster home, Watson had to adjust to this new life!
Living a life of abuse and neglect had made Watson a timid and fearful dog. So timid, in fact, that he almost didn’t go into his new house! When his new foster mom noticed his fear, she knew exactly what to do – throw him a pamper party!
For the first time in his life, Watson was the star of the show.
Healthy, happy, and surrounded by nice humans and new dog friends, Watson was on the fast track to recovery. Despite the odds, the little dog on the side of the road had found a way back to life.
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