Age: Adult / Breed: Boxer & Pointer Mix / Sex: Male / Rescue: Save The Animals Foundation
"We have seen some rough cases in 30+ years of rescue. But still we cry tears of gratitude when we are able to save a dog like Huckleberry. He was found on the side of the road, a mere skeleton with ribs and backbone clearly visible through his scabby skin. There was also something obviously wrong with his vision and he would bump into things. Tho well-intentioned, the family that picked him up realized they had neither the schedule nor the finances to provide the care he needed, so they took him to their local county shelter. But his stay there was short. We didn't know what to expect or how much life this boy had in him. We just knew we had to give him a safe, warm place to sleep, treat whatever ailed him, and shower him with mad-love from our volunteers. Despite his emaciated condition, almost complete blindness, and a diagnosis of Lyme Disease, it turns out that Huck's spirit and trusting nature have survived intact. Around six years young, he is an utterly joyful and loving dog, with a tail that has not stopped wagging since we first met him! With regular meals he has filled out, well on his way to his ideal weight of around 80 pounds. His lack of vision (the result of Progressive Retinal Atrophy, an inherited disease) doesn't hold him back one bit from exploring every inch of our play yard, or getting around in his room, or enthusiastically greeting any human who stops to say hi. He adores car rides and will gaze out the window. We think he sees shapes and shadows passing by. Huck is a good, confident walker, and is totally game for exercise and exploration. While out and about, he gets super happy at the sound of human voices or senses the presence of another dog ... he wants to make friends! We think this guy may have the makings of a therapy dog ... he just loves people so, so much."
Photo: Save The Animals Foundation