Bear’s best update: Dog who faced abuse for eight years can close his eyes on his soft bed and dream

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Two weeks ago, street feeders in Cleveland, Texas spotted a dog with a huge mass on his face eating cat food that had been left out on someone’s porch. Drops of blood had been left behind, and ThisIsHouston stepped up to help and sent out an envoy of volunteers to find the dog.

That dog’s name was Bear, and few days after he was captured and evaluated by a team of veterinarian surgeons, Bear underwent surgery to remove his enormous 3.5 pound tumor. The mass turned out to be a necrotic abscess, likely the result of a recent bullet wound. He had been shot in the neck with the entry wound to the right side of his face. The bullet traveled through his neck and became lodged on the left side. An infection from the wound caused the mass or at least part of the swelling and the infection.

And as if being an unwanted stray for eight years wasn’t enough for any dog to become afraid of all humans, carrying around a tumor on the side of his face after some heartless person shot him, and then diagnosed with heart failure and Lymphoma, Bear has proven himself to be quite the fighter. He has since started chemotherapy.

He’s been doing extremely well – he has a great appetite, he’s quickly learning to walk on a leash, he seeks affection and loves belly rubs, and he’s wagging his tail more and more every day.

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And we won’t keep you waiting for Bear’s latest update any longer. For the dog who struggled for eight years trying to find a quiet and safe place to sleep because he instinctively knew dangers could be getting close at any time, and for the boy who was already shot once and could have been shot again, and for the boy who carried around a painful tumor on the side of his face actually weighing him down, Bear’s struggle is over – all in a good way!

Now he closes his eyes and falls asleep knowing he is loved – on a comfy bed with a full belly, soft blankets and plush toys he uses as a pillow. Nobody to disturb him, no dangers around, and he can finally rest as long as he needs. After 8 long years, Bear learns peace.


For as long as Bear wants to live and fights the good fight, his rescuers promise to provide him with the best of care and the most love they can give.

Rest well Bear.

Read prior articles about Bear here.

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