Starving dog who survived by eating twigs and rocks gets his happily ever after

A dog that was chewing twigs and pebbles only a few months ago has discovered happiness.

Alex, a 43-pound Weimaraner, was caught up on the streets of New Orleans and transported to Vermillion Parish’s Rabies Animal Control.

Starving dog who survived by eating twigs and rocks gets his happily ever after

Alex was so malnourished that Deanna Theis, assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, was surprised he was still alive when she saw a photo of him.

She knew he wouldn’t live unless he was retrieved from the refuge right away, so she did.

X-rays indicated that Alex had been so hungry that he had eaten pebbles and twigs to fill his stomach while undergoing medical exams.

In the beginning, his health was iffy.

Starving dog who survived by eating twigs and rocks gets his happily ever after

Alex’s acute malnutrition caused him a critical setback when his stomach flipped in response to the nutrients he was absorbing.

He needed emergency surgery to remove the foreign items and treat the perilous condition, but the brave canine pulled through.

He was placed in foster care with Diane Lundeen when he had healed sufficiently.

She already had two Weimaraners at home, and when she met Alex, she instantly fell in love with him.

He, too, fell in love, gaining 10 pounds in his first week at home with her.

Diane knew she couldn’t let go of the dog whose eyes were so haunting when they first met four months later.

Starving dog who survived by eating twigs and rocks gets his happily ever after

Those same eyes are shining with joy now that he’s found a lifelong home with Lundeen and his new siblings.

 

“He has good color in his gums, his eyes are bright, and when he goes to sit down, he doesn’t whimper,” Lundeen explains.

“He has this enormous zest for life, which is amazing.”

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