- Grinch was sick, sad and alone — with his skin so dry and scabby that he looked like a carved stone.
- Grinch was rescued and treated, and has become very healthy, happy and playful.
- The pup now stays in a foster family who considers adopting him for good.
Grinch was completely hairless, his skin was gray and grungy, and he looked like a carved piece of stone — all capped with a sad, lifeless face.
When he arrived at a shelter in South Texas, the staff quickly knew that he needed special treatment to survive. So, they asked help from Rescue Dogs Rock NYC.
“He looked so sad and was in such deplorable condition that we obviously stood up and agreed,” Randie Semel, a volunteer with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and leader of the Texas team, told The Dodo. “Not only were we unable to tell what type of dog he was, but clearly he had been suffering for quite some time.”
“He looked more like a statuary than a living creature,” she added.
To start the treatment for his skin conditions and other illnesses, Grinch was moved to a local vet. The staff also needed to work on his weight as Grinch was very lean.
Despite his situation, Grinch showed that he was a fighter. He responded well to the treatment and quickly recovered after a month, so he traveled to the Northeast to be placed in a foster home.
Even though Grinch looked so much better, he still had fears from his life on the streets.
“He was really shy and scared of everyone who was around him,” Randie said. “He sort of backed away from other dogs.”
Eventually, Grinch learned how to trust people with the help of his foster mom. He began to feel more confident and playful. His hair also slowly grew back that he looked so different compared with his condition when he was found.
“He’s absolutely thrived in his foster home and he loves to play ball,” Randie said. “He looks beautiful and he loves to run and play.”
After five months from the day he was rescued, Grinch showed a complete transformation — from having a sculpture-like skin to a fluffy fur, from a sad pup to a playful one. He now looked like a real shepherd/Malinois mix, looking so happy and loved.
Recently, Grinch was placed in a new foster family home. Randie said that the foster family “is absolutely in love with him,” and is considering to adopt him for good.
May Grinch’s story remind us that there’s hope, that we will see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Source: The Dodo