|Left at the pet shop|
Nobody had any clue on how to help him, thus they decided to call HOPE Dog Rescue to save this dog from misery. HOPE responded and the miniature Pinscher was immediately transported to the vet for thorough check-ups to ensure he was alright.
Contributed by Bec Tan
Old, scared, alone, cold and hungry, he roamed the streets for weeks, exhausted and without the faintest idea where he was headed to. He had been caged for most of his life and his newfound “freedom” was not something he had bargained for. He was smart to follow the couple and ask for help. Had he not done that, he might still be pounding the streets.
|Little Moose was horribly thin|
Having heard how he was found, I knew he would not have survived long had we not intervened, and so the pain of Moose unfolds here. (I named him Moose in the hopes that he would grow big and strong again.)
A senior miniature Pinscher, estimated to be around 8 years old, Moose was silent when I carried him. As I stroked his head, he leaned on my shoulder and his eyes immediately started to close. He was extremely exhausted and the security of being safe in my arms helped him relax.
The vet technicians felt sorry for him and offered him some canned food, but he showed no interest in eating or drinking. He just stared ahead blankly with an empty look in his eyes. He was grossly malnourished and slightly dehydrated, with eyes red from tiredness. The wound on his underside looked as if he had been lying on a hard surface for years, or caged in a very small cage for a terribly long time. The wound had hardened into a lump and it was weepy and infected, possibly from filthy living conditions and low immunity.
|The wound on his underside|
Drawing blood from little Moose was a difficult task as he was malnourished and tiny; the blood just would not flow out. Fortunately after the third attempt, Dr Teo Jiawen managed to get the blood she needed to run the necessary tests. We had his eyes checked as well. While Dr Teo said his eyes were alright, blood tests revealed that he was positive for tick fever.
|"Hold my hand and tell me everything will be alright."|
Moose was given medication for his tick fever and has to revisit the vet in a month’s time.
We were fortunate to have found a temporary foster at the eleventh hour. Karen Soh immediately agreed to foster Moose temporarily.
Over the years of having rescued and rehomed numerous dogs, I have become rather observant towards their behavior. Noticing little things they do often reveal much about their past and hardships.
When we arrived at the foster home, we decided that Moose would sleep in the kitchen for the night. We sat with him on the kitchen floor while he sniffed the kitchen and familiarized himself with a brand new environment. He had a towel which we cuddled him in whilst we were at the vet. We used that towel as a “bed” for him to sleep on. Moose hadn’t a clue what to do with his bed. He peed on his bed, then lay on it comfortably. It was a sad sight. This convinced me that he had been locked in a small cage for a long time and that he must have been accustomed to eating, sleeping, relieving himself in the same small space that he had been limited to.
Apart from Moose, we also alerted to 2 other dogs abandoned within that same day, but we have run out of fosters. Should you wish to help these abandoned dogs, please consider adopting. When you adopt, you are saving two lives: the dog you adopt and the dog you are making room for.
Moose has been grossly underfed and caged for the most part of his life. He needs love, a new home and a family to help him make up for lost time. All we ask is that you be patient with him where his toileting habits are concerned, as he has never been taught, nor loved.
|"Please help me."|
Breed : Miniature Pinscher (not microchipped)
Age : 8 to 9 years old (estimated)
Sex : Male / Not sterilized (will be when he is stronger)
Photographs courtesy of Joceline Loo