(2/14/07) UPDATED

Buddy at the vet, with irritated eyes due to dehydration.

Buddy at the vet, with irritated eyes due to dehydration.

ARNO volunteer Anabel Salinas was helping out with an animal transport recently when she encountered two extremely thin and injured dogs roaming off the I-10. With the help of a good samaritan who also saw the dogs, and french fries as a lure, the two women were able to catch the thinnest dog. the other dog, despite missing one paw entirely and still bleeding, was too fast to be caught. After waiting two hours for the other dog to come back, Anabel called Robin from ARNO, who recommended that the injured dog, now called “Buddy” due to his friendly disposition, be taken to an emergency vet.

Buddy was starved, lacked muscle mass and strength, and was so dehydrated that his eyes could not produce tears. Though the dog looked older, the vet determined that his age was closer to two years old. Barely able to use his legs, Buddy drug himself into a corner at the vet. He stayed at the vet until Monday morning when he was then brought to ARNO.

No stranger to hard luck cases (see Chance, Howard and Lucky’s stories), Robin began the task of bringing Buddy back to health. When he isn’t eating or sleeping, Buddy likes to spend his time with his new friend, staff member Jackie’s dog, Gracie. He was also able to walk across the street today and was wagging his tail! (2/14). Thanks to dedicated volunteers and the staff at ARNO, Buddy now has a hopeful future. Check back for updates!

Though still very thin, now at ARNO, Buddy is enjoying eating his way back to health.

Though still very thin, now at ARNO, Buddy is enjoying eating his way back to health.

UPDATE: (4/11/07) Buddy is healthy and has been adopted by a family in Los Angeles, CA!

Buddy in his new city, Los Angeles.

Buddy in his new city, Los Angeles.