Neglected is an understatement. “Snoopy”, as his family used to call him was abandoned at the dawn of his life, after being neglected for months. He was found tied one afternoon at a volunteer’s front gate, along with a note.
“My name is Snoopy. My mum died (she was 80 years old). I am old too. Help me have a good old age. God bless you”. That’s what the note said, nothing else. Written hastily and leaving us with too many questions.
None of us ever called him Snoopy. His foster mum calls him Casper, like the ghost. And Casper is a ghost, or at least he was. His nails hadn’t been trimmed for more than a year and his matted fur smelled horribly and was covered in urine and feces.
So if his mum was 80 years old and could not care for him anymore, why didn’t anyone else help her? She must have had children, nephews, neighbors, something. How come nobody offered to take this little ghost to a vet, or to give him a bath? And what if his mum died a year ago? What if Casper lost the only person who loved him, and was exiled on the balcony or the garden, until he was brought to us?
So many “what ifs” and no answer available. And this is frustrating and so unfair. It’s unfair for Casper, because his foster mum is struggling to understand what makes him happy and what he was used to all those years. For now, one thing is for sure: Casper was the typical Maltese who never really got to walk outside and spent his entire life on the couch, keeping his human company.
Every time his foster mum sits on the couch, he gently asks that he joins her. He is too weak to jump, but he bounces up and down, trying to earn his spot there next to her. And once he is on the couch with her, he calms down.
Today was the second time I saw him, and he had nothing to do with that confused, matted, sad creature that was abandoned a week ago. It only took him a few days to get used to walking on a leash, and he now enjoys his walks so much. He even tries to run, imitating his step-brother.
“Fostering him is like having an old man at home” – that’s what his foster mum says. Casper is deaf and partially blind. He is needy and does not like to be left alone. He suffers from Cushing’s disease, which makes him drink too much water and not be able to control his bladder, so at home he always has a dipper on.
We don’t know how much time he has left. We don’t know if there is anybody out there willing to adopt such an old dog. But we do know that in a way, he is lucky. He hit rock bottom for a while, but here he is again, up on a couch, clean and cared for as he deserves.
You can follow his progress at the SCARS Facebook page. For adoption please contact the charity at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are welcome (PayPal: email@example.com)