Just three weeks ago in Cleveland, Texas, Good Samaritans discovered Jake at a deserted, broken down structure. He was lying there motionless. At first it was thought the four-year-old shepherd had already died, but he moved and his eyes opened; when the heartbreaking photos of Jake quickly picked up steam on social media, ThisIsHouston stepped forward and rushed over to help.
Jake’s incredible will to survive has taken him past the nearly insurmountable odds. After having to be fed through a syringe just to keep up the little bit of strength he had, the dog decided the food offered to him was too good to pass up; the next morning he woke up to eat on his own. He soon lifted his head for brief periods and was able to move his feet and toes when stimulated. Both his blood pressure and blood sugars slowly improved, and the veterinarians attending to him were able to wean him off of intravenous fluids.
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And on Tuesday, Jake was up on all fours and walking around exploring the area and the people responsible for saving his life. Then came a miracle – Jake was discharged from Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic.
“It’s crazy seeing him stand up and walk – he’s so much taller than we though, and we were the ones who first saw him,” the rescue organization posted on their Facebook page. “He’s so severely emaciated as well. We knew he was skinny but seeing his little fragile body walk just hurts to look at … And this is Jake with 3 weeks of eating well! Jake currently weights 52lbs, and he should easily be about 70-80lbs. If it wasn’t for his thick fur, you’d be able to see every bone in his body.”
On Thursday morning, Jake left for his foster home. He loved looking out the window, and enjoyed all the sniffs, dogs love when they stick their noses out of the car windows. Obviously Jake had never been in a car before and tried to position himself on the center console which didn’t work out so well. Finally, Jake made himself comfortable crawling onto his foster mom’s lap and peering out the window.
Jake has an Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/31CS5G8JCBV4T… *you may need to select Kathryn at check out, and if the list doesn’t have any items, it means everything has been purchased. We will add items as we go though!*
We will be checking back on Jake again.
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