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Dying From The Inside – A Stray Dog’s Endless Struggle To Stay Alive

Dying from the inside, this is what is happening to Sam right now. While he patiently waits, day after day, in the clinic’s infirmary, for that  inexplicable torture to be over, his own body is attacking him,  destroying  all that is left of the healthy tissues and bones.




Sam was one of the many strays of Athens, and his game ended about two months ago, when he was hit by a car and abandoned, left to drag his shattered legs for days, before help got to him.

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He was found by  SPAZ  volunteers on February 16, 2017, in one of the busiest avenues of Athens. He was in terrible pain – both his legs are broken in two, and the front one is severely infected.

he is one of the not unlucky dogs to ever be rescued

If he were lucky, he would be up and about by now, after being operated and recovered. But Sam is not lucky, in fact he is one of the not unlucky dogs to ever be rescued.

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Both operations went “well”, but Sam’s body is his own enemy. The bone infection he is suffering from is not only preventing the bones from healing, it is actually killing him every day. Sam is rotting on the inside, and has been on antibiotics for two months.

It can prove to be lethal, and this is just too devastating.

It is very unlikely that his front leg is saved, and the vets are doing their best to help him keep his hind one. Losing a leg or two is not really the problem her. Sam’s worst enemy is the infection that is growing, eating away the healthy bones. It can prove to be lethal, and this is just too devastating.

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On the left is a healthy bone, on the right, Sam’s bone – you can see the fracture and the sponge like appearance that the infection has caused.

It is so unfair, so heartbreaking for a sweet boy like him. He has been so patient, so collaborating, and so sweet so far, that having to let go of him will be a huge loss. He patiently waits every day in the infirmary for the moment when we visit him, pet him gently, and promise his that it is going to be ok. We have never wanted anything more than for Sam to be ok.

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So we are not giving up on him. Not yet. Not this way. His vet bills rise sky high; SPAZ is 3000 dollars in debt already, and this will not be the end, because Sam still has a long way to go. With thousands of dogs dying on the streets of Greece every day, spending a small fortune for just one dog might seem an exaggeration.

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When you make a promise that everything is going to be ok, and you know you can’t fail them 🙁

But it all comes down to only one thing. Looking into Sam’s sweet, loving eyes, you stop for a second, take a deep breath and wonder: is his life worth that much? And the answer you get in always the same: Yes, it is. It is worth all that, and much much more.

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You know I am one of the weakest volunteers here. I really am. I have been supporting Sam every way I can, except doing one thing: visit him. I have seen him once, three weeks ago, when we were there to take him on a small walk, and I have been meticulously avoiding to meet him ever since. He is so sweet and so loving that I simply won’t be able to handle the loss.

Looking into Sam’s sweet, loving eyes, you stop for a second, take a deep breath and wonder: is his life worth that much?

Sam needs all the positive energy he can possibly get. So please, send him you love and support, anyway you can. You can pray for him, if believe in God, you can send him positive vibes, you can close your eyes, and picture him running all happy and carefree one day. It might help, you never know. I do it every day.

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If you wish to follow Sam’s progress, you can visit the charity’s Facebook page here. Donations are more than welcome (PayPal: info@spazgreece.gr)



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3 thoughts on “Dying From The Inside – A Stray Dog’s Endless Struggle To Stay Alive”

  1. You know how we make “fun” of me being destroyed? I laugh it off, because, well, what would it help? Nothing.
    This is destroying me, really, it is…..
    I made a proposal and a promise, now it’s all up to him…

      1. Don’t be, it’s not your fault at all!
        We can’t rescue them all, nor will we be able to reset the minds of all so-called humans.
        It’s just that, once in a while, my heart feels a bit more. I am always happy when a poor soul is saved and then it’s like: now we have to find a home. I cheer at every adoption story, even though I know that there are thousands more waiting. Sam is special to me, I can’t explain why it is so. Have never met him, so it’s not like I have memories of him. You know that for me it’s in the eyes and his are just screaming: I really want to live but I need your help!! Please help me! And sadly, like it so very often is, not always does money make everything good again…..
        He is a fighter and I will see him in August!!

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