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Tonight is the main reason I got into rescue. We got into the rescue Friday morning a small dog that is the size of a 3-6 month golden puppy. Thursday afternoon we got a call from animal control telling us that they had a golden if we wanted him. So one of the foster Moms picked him up Friday morning.
We were told that his owner was an elderly lady that also had 2 maltese dogs. An animal control volunteer lived next door to the lady. She noticed that she had not seen either the lady or dogs and got concerned. Unfortunately the woman had passed away and the dogs were locked in a crate. The police think she had passed away at least 4 days prior and so the three dogs were locked in one crate for 4 days. They were covered in urine and feces.
Poor little Joey is skin and bones and weighs 16 pounds. Riding home, I could feel every bone in his body. He has to be a mix because the vet said he is almost 2 years old. And no where near the hiegth of an adult. But is the size of a 3-6 mo golden. Joey must have spent tons of time in a crate because he has some joint issues and alittle bit of a curved spine. And that could have stunted his growth. I have to wash him every other day with some special shampoo because his skin was burned from the urine. I will be feeding him puppy food in small increments thru out the day so we can get some meat on him. Once he is stronger we will add some canned food.
He will be a long term foster to get his health all well and then he will have to be neutered.
Personally I think he looks like a sheltie/golden or italian greyhound mix. It is the set of the eyes and long legs. I will try to get some better pictures of him but this is what I have so far. ***GRAPHIC***
 

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OMG he is sooo darn cute! Look at how skinny that poor boy is!!! I would love to be a foster someday, once my goldens are older and more stable. Really breaks my heart to see animals like this. I'm sure the older woman meant well, but I suppose she really couldn't care for these dogs much. She may have been sick for awhile. I wish you much love for taking this boy in!
 

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Oh my god, Carol! I hope you are able to love him to pieces and fatten him up. Poor little baby!!!!! Is there anything we can do to help??
 

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Oh that is heartbreaking, but I am so happy you got him, you are his treasure at the end of the rainbow! Soon he will be the treasure!
 

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He has the sweetest face! He is so lucky to be with you now. He really looks all Golden to me. I have a hard time finding a mix in him just from the pictures. It may just be that he hasn't had any of the nutrition that he needs to develop and grow the way he should have. He looks like a 4 or 5-month-old Golden pup would in the pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures of him as his condition improves!
 

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OMG Carol.... thank goodness you have rescued this sweetheart. Your love and some good food will do him worlds of good. Bless you.... and give Joey some lovin' from us.
 

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Loads of prayers going out for Joey - thank you so much for rescuing him and giving him hope for a great life.
 

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He is the sweetest boy and the pups are so gentle with him. No rough housing with him, they seem to know he is in a tender condition. Right now he is snuggled up so close to me that you probably couldnt fit a piece of paper between us. And follows me everywhere.
Jenna, you are right, he does have the look in his face of a Saluki. That is the kind of dog I was thinking of. The vet said according to his teeth and tarter he is older but hopefully he is a puppy with bad food that caused the tarter. Everything else looks golden. His little belly, legs and tail are all missing hair and he has some sores from the burn of the urine. For the next couple of days, he will sleep in the bed with me and I will slowly start introducing the crate back to him. Because he is still having potty training issues and cant be left out for hours. The lady that had him this weekend since I volunteered all weekend at the VFW said he will go in his crate but cries so bad unless he can see you. But did stay in his crate while she was at the football game today. She has Darby's (my last foster puppy) sister that just had hip surgery and has a hubby getting knee surgery next week so she cant handle another puppy with special needs, so I got him. Plus I am not working so I can be with him all the time so he can get all the food and spoiling that he needs. Those pictures dont really do justice of how skinny he is and I will try to get more tomorrow so you can see how small next to my pups he is and skinny.
 

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Carol, what did the vet say about how malnourished he is?That's definitely more than four days of no food! His owner must have been very ill, he is so neglected. We had a pup in GRRIN like that who died of a heart attack (like anorexia) from the malnutrition.
Oh Carol, bless you, that poor sweet baby! Makes me cry to read how needy he is and afraid of the crate. I am so glad you can be with him all the time and show him he can trust and be loved. I am praying for him to recover!!!!
 

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The vet said that I should feed at least a minimum of six small meals of puppy food and slowly introduce alittle can once his body has gotten stronger. So far his malnutrition health issues are not as bad as he expected from how skinny he is. And luckily he has no worms of any kind. We will check back in with them next week and see how he is doing and if we need to do anything else. One good thing, even though he was starved he is not a gulper, more like a grazer. I think whoever keeps him will probably have to keep him as a grazer because he does not eat much. Probably some of that is because his tummy is so shrunk.
 

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Oh my. Poor little baby! He has really had a tough time of it, hasn't he? He is quite a cute little fellow. Thanks for taking care of him through his healing process. Please keep us updated on his progress. I'll be keeping an eye out for news about him. He is really tugging at my heart strings. Please give him a gentle hug and kiss from me.
 

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my goodness, what a sweetie. I hope he'll bounce back in full and will thrive. Hugs to ya for taking him in.
 
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