Ran over by a car and left for dead, Toffee got lucky because someone stopped to see if he had a name tag so that his family would be notified for the loss. He looked that …dead.
Nobody knows how long Toffee was there, lying next to the road and waiting to die.
Toffee, as the charity named him, was probably a stray, or even maybe just another abandoned dog. Victim of a hit and run on mid July, he was just left there, on the side of the road like trash. Pieces of the car’s bumper were there, next to Toffee’s body, evidence of how severe the crash actually was.
Nobody knows how long Toffee was there, lying next to the road and waiting to die. Nobody knows how many people drove by and simply pretended not to see him, until a SPAZ volunteer stopped. At first she thought that all she had to do was check if he belonged to someone and then notify them for their loss, but as she leaned over the dog’s “dead” body, Toffee moved slightly and sighed. He was alive.
Pieces of the car’s bumper were there, next to Toffee’s body, evidence of how severe the crash actually was.
Toffee was taken to an animal hospital. The x-rays showed the excruciating pain he was in and had he not been found he would have died in a horrible way as there is no way he could stand up or walk. Both of his left legs were fractured. He was operated almost immediately, pins and plates where inserted in order to connect the bones. He was treated for mange that was eating away his skin and erlihiosis which had made him weak. His red blood cell count was a lot lower than normal and he was severely anemic.
Toffee stayed in the hospital for almost a month. Every day he would wait for his little walk. He never complained or growled. He never touched his screws and pins. He was a true gentleman – and he still is. His stay at the hospital, his operations, his medicine etc amounted to 1500 euros.
The x-rays showed the excruciating pain he was in and had he not been found he would have died in a horrible way
He never complained or growled. He never touched his screws and pins. He was a true gentleman
Nothing is over for Toffee yet. After the hospital he was taken to a foster home, where he spends most of his day in his crate. For the past two months he has been very patient while having nails and screws in both of him left legs. He has been patient with the daily changing of the bandages, with the antibiotics, with the confinement. He never tipped his food or spilt his water despite the fact that he has been wearing his huge collar. “The only thing we hear every time we go to him is the knocking if his tail on the floor.” says his foster mum.
Toffee has the saddest eyes I have ever seen and the most polite manners. He is a gentleman hiding in a small giant’s body. His eyes full of gratitude keep looking at you, thanking you for everything. He has recovered from ehrichia and mange, his coat is now soft and tender and in a few days the screws will be removed from his legs.
He is a gentleman hiding in a small giant’s body