Severely neglected, old (very old, according to our vet), sick, full of skin ulcers and lacerations, with matted dirty hair, blind, deaf and abandoned nearly moribund, this (what appears to be a) Poodle was rescued yesterday by SPAZ in one of the richest suburbs of Athens, Greece – Glyfada.
His skin is so destroyed that entire pieces of it come out, along with matted hair and dirt. Every time he shakes, the room is covered in a white, powdery dust. His nails were so long that even after the girls at the clinic had trimmed them, it looked like they had never been cut before.
His eyes are two blurry balls full of dirt and pus and his ears are two holes filled with a black, greasy stuff that smells like manure. He is emaciated, terrified and so confused.
He can’t see, he can’t hear, he can barely stand on his feet, and yet he endured everything with patience. He just stood there, while his hair was being cut and his nails trimmed, while we shoved ear buds down his ears, trying to clean up that infinite black stuff.
Have you ever seen a purebred Poodle receive beauty treatments before a dog show? Have you seen them while they stay there, on the table, for hours, as if they are stuffed dolls? Well, this is what we experienced today, only that the beauty treatment this boy received was not because he was about to participate in a dog show.
According to the breed standards, the poodle is “elegant, proud and clever. Poodles are impressive dogs, as the many best-in-show winners from this dog breed can attest. Behind the blue ribbons, impressive hairdos, and regal attitude, you’ll find an affectionate family dog with an ancient history and many talents.”
Our “best-in-show” winner spent his entire life living in his feces and being fed leftovers and bones. He was never bathed nor cared for. He was left to starve, and after the dirt in his ears deafened him and the disease blinded him, he was abandoned on the street as trash.
I spent all afternoon wishing the worst for the people responsible – not because of the neglect, but because they could have given him the chance of a decent life, by abandoning him sooner.
Then I came back home and decided to focus on his future, not his past. He is very old and appears to be very sick. While waiting for his blood test results, we are only happy to watch him eat and sleep in a clean bed at the clinic’s infirmary. The SPAZ volunteers will do everything they can to help him recover and find the home he deserves.
You can follow his progress in the charity’s Facebook page. Donations are always welcome (PayPal: email@example.com).