Rescuer Finds D.y.i.ng Puppy On Her Street And Nurses Him Back To Health

It’s hard to believe that there was a puppy hidden under the hairless, sick and starving dog

It’s hard to believe that there was a puppy hidden under the hairless, sickly and s.ta.r. Ving dog that Stephanie Smith-Justus found on the Virginia street where she lives. However, one thing was clear to her the instant She saw the puppy—he was dying. As fate would have it, Stephanie is president of the Buchanan County Humane Society. DuringFortunately, the vet she often works with lives on the same street.





From the instant Stephanie picked Watkins up in her arms, the dog’s survival and recovery has been nothing in need of miraculous. Stephanie posted her account of Watkins’ rescue to Facebook, and his story pulls on the heartstrings: “On May 7, 2015 Watkins was found. Before this date, we all know nothing about him. He was found by my neighbor who alerted me to a “dog who was in terrible shape.” My husband and the person I visited found him. He was found on the road where we live. He had been abandoned and severely neglected. My husband’s first words were. “He’s not getting to make it.”



“We had searched for him for a minimum of an hour once we finally located him He had crawled into a weedy ditch in an isolated area. We expect he had found a cool place to get down and die. We were determined to not let that happen. Thousands of people also support him. “Fortunately, Dr. Rasnake, our local vet, lives on an equivalent street where we found him. We rushed him to her…without even knocking on her door…we carried him to her house. We immediately visited her clinic, Appalachian Animal Health Clinic.” “She worked quickly to seek out an IV site. He was in terrible shape His skin was oozing from every pore. He winced in pain once we touched him He had cried so hard for therefore long that he didn’t have a voice left to cry any longer He didn’t have the energy to bite. He was only 4 months old.” “Dr. Rasnake diagnosed him with Demodex, a kind of mange he had caught from his mother. He was severely malnourished and dehydrated. He had infection in his eyes, his kidneys, his ears, and a bacterial infection on his skin. SubsequentIn the next few days, he saw that every hair on his body had fallen out. He continued to lose fluids and weight. He was within the ICU for over 50 days.”


“After a short time, he quit eating. We tried everything. X-rays showed he had a twisted bowel and emergency surgery was performed. We prayed for him all night.measure. After his serious surgery, we would have liked to understand his bowels still worked so we prayed for poop. Three days later it came. Then he stopped eating. Another surgery to insert a feeding tube. He continued to reduce and we went to Va Tech. He saw a specialist, a nutritionist and an orthopedic vet. They kept him 6 days then sent him home for Dr. Rasnake to still treat him.”



“Gradually, he began to gain weight. When we found him, he had weighed 32 pounds and he was right down to 17. It had been a scary time. He continued to be cared for within the ICU unit at Dr. Rasnake’s office. He fought hard to remain alive and thousands were praying for him. He finally started eating and he pulled his feeding tube out. This required yet one more surgery to get rid of the “balloon” that remained in his stomach. His recovery was much easier than the previous ones and that we were relieved. He ‘turned the corner” and eventually started recuperating .” “We brought him home after 60+ days in ICU. He still needs weekly veterinary care. He has been house-trained and learned many new things. He’s learned to share, to play with others, and get back his crate when he must rest. He gets tired very easily and hates being hot. His weight has stabilized at 38 pounds and he is eating very well. His skin may be a constant battle but he responds well to the weekly (sometimes more often) treatments.”



“He likes to compile blankets to be comfortable together with his stuffed lobster and his dog siblings.” “He gets excited once we tell him he’s getting to the “doctor.” once we take him in the clinic, he's always happy to find out the staff and Dr. Rasnake. He remembers where his kennel is in ICU and that they have it expecting him when he goes for treatments.” “He’s a cheerful , inquisitive puppy who is smarter than the typical bear.” “He loves riding within the car, twiddling with foster puppies, and chewing on his many toys that were sent to him when he was so sick.”




“Watkins was named for the road where we found him that day. He still lives there in the street. It’s also where his vet lives also . and therefore the one that saw him first that day. It’s where his journey started and where he has finally found joy.” Watkins' progress does not need to be extraordinary! Watkins certainly has his favorite toy – he loves his red crustaceans – which little question inspired this fun Halloween costume for him! His weight remains excellent and he's discovered the thrill of playing outside. After a recent trip to the vet, he “took his lobster and is running through the yard with it in his mouth.” Please share the Watkins story as well as your friends and family!
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  • hannef
    hannef September 9, 2021 at 2:25 AM

    wonderful that you gave him a life. Thank you for helping an innocent soul in trouble. He looks wonderful now

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    • Anonymous September 10, 2021 at 9:53 AM

      THANK GOD HE WAS FOUND IN TIME, AND YOU KEPT ON PERSERVERING WITH TREATMENT AN SURGERIES, IT MAKES ME HAPPY THAT THERE ARE KIND PEOPLE OUT THERE AN VETS WHO ARE PREPARED TO GO THE EXTRA MILE.... I KNOW I WILL GIVE EVERYTHING TO SAVE AN ANIMAL.

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      • Unknown
        Unknown September 10, 2021 at 12:55 PM

        Thank you

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        • Anonymous September 10, 2021 at 1:31 PM

          Very glad that the dog was rescued :)

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          • Unknown
            Unknown September 10, 2021 at 6:38 PM

            May the Lord bless you and keep you the world needs so many more people like you a light in the darkness a heart of mercy and compassion thank you for doing that thank you for taking care of that dog you have my love and respect

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            • Shell
              Shell September 10, 2021 at 6:39 PM

              is he a Bluetick Hound ? I have a black and Tan coon hound love the ears

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