Alexander joined the ranks of the Greyhounds of Shamrock just before Christmas 2010. The organization was contacted by a local county shelter who had someone wanting to turn in an Italian Greyhound with mange. They posted pictures of the dog and he clearly needed rescue. Shamrock agreed to take him and that Sunday afternoon he arrived at his foster’s home, smelling horrible and covered in mange. Here is what he looked like after his bath:
Alexander suffered from demodectic mange which was quickly treated, but it was discovered that he also had a secondary skin infection as a result of untreated mange and he chewed himself trying to ease the itching. His jaw was either broken and never set or he suffered from a congenital defect but his vet wasn’t sure. Regardless, his jaw had to be re-set and his dental work required the removal of almost all of his teeth. The vet said almost every tooth in his head was abscessed. Alexander had never been held, did not like to be touched (understandable with that skin) and didn’t wag his tail.
However, once his mouth healed he was like an entirely different dog; he had only been able to eat soft canned food, but once healed he was able to chew regular kibble. He now eats treats–including bones–and loves to chew on hard rawhide type chewies.
For the first three months with his foster he never touched a toy. Once his mouth no longer hurt he LOVED toys! All toys– big or little, hard or soft–he wants to play with them all. When asked “Where’s your baby? he will go find a toy. He will happily play by himself or with the other dogs.
Alexander is finally happy; he is socialized and enjoys being around other dogs and human company as well.
Check out the happy and health Alexander!