Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Lazarus: 30-day transformation

Lazarus arrived on December 17th at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue. He was so malnourished he could not walk, but crawled out of the crate.


We were told he was an old dog that would not eat. He was lying ready to die. The people who brought him said he was chained to a cinder block with no shelter. His chain was frozen to the ground and Lazarus lay on his side; he had given up and was indeed ready to die. Had he not gotten here when he did he would have died as the next day as we got 6 inches of snow, and with no shelter in his condition, that would have been it for him. 


On arrival he immediately ate a can of dog food and we began spaced feedings of grain-free puppy food and canned food which he loved. For the entire first day, he could not get to his feet. His ribs and backbone protruded.


On day two, he had enough strength to stand up- and on day four, he could walk.



 After a week he is walking with energy and began to gain some weight. All he needed was food, water, and shelter! We could also tell that Lazarus was a young dog-perhaps 2 years old. He is a beautiful specimen of a German Shepherd!


On week 3, Lazarus is romping, playing and has a big smile on his face. He has been neutered and vaccinated and is being treated for lymes. 



January 16 was a very cold day and we saw Lazarus for the last time here at the shelter. He left for foster care with Pet Haven. We promised him that he would never suffer again with chaining or malnourishment. We are confident that Pet Haven will make sure our promise is true.


Lazarus turned out to be one of the very best dogs ever that came through Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue. Had we not got him when we did, no one would know his story or what a great dog he is!


Thank you to transporters, financial supporters, 20 for 20 and other food providers, and the rescues that take animals from our shelter and find them great homes. You all played a part in the rescue of Lazarus. There is no more rewarding experience than to feed a hungry animal.

Karen
RLRR



UPDATE FROM PET HAVEN FOSTER HOME:
Hi, we are Lazarus's fosters. So far he is getting along with our resident pups really well (one is Mina a Red Lake rescue). He is settling in and really calm. He's going to be a easy placement.

8 comments:

Mary Harper said...

So happy for Lazarus! RLRR is a Godsend for dogs like this! Thank you for all you do!

Unknown said...

I would've loved to get Lazarus! I have a huge yard. He would've stayed indoors and get to go outdoors to play and romp around with me there with him! Beautiful dog!

Rebecca Groves said...

I would've loved to get Lazarus! I have a huge yard. He would've stayed indoors and get to go outdoors to play and romp around with me there with him! Beautiful dog!

Anonymous said...

I just will never understand why people do this to an animal. Thank you for rescuing him!

Terri Hill said...

I met Lazarus at transport! What a beautiful boy. I did not know his story. It never fails to amaze me what resilience these animals have. THANK you Karen!!! You are an angel and your never-ending love and commitment to the Red Lake animals is inspiring beyond words. love & blessing to you...Terri Hill

Unknown said...

Another transformation bringing joy to my heart thanks to RLRR! Dogs are so incredibly resilient given any small chance to shine.Lazarus is beautiful.

Unknown said...

Another transformation bringing joy to my heart thanks to RLRR! Dogs are so incredibly resilient given any small chance to shine.Lazarus is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

He looks so beautiful and happy now! Thank God and RLRR for that blessing! I don't understand the cruelty in humans - I think they must be insane to be so cruel to a living thing.

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