Fluke was spotted by our cat friend Meena hobbling around the food stalls outside Payap University. He was skinny, dirty and being shoo’d away by stall holders. Meena could see there was something wrong with his leg, but didn’t know what, it was in such an odd position. A stall owner told her that Fluke was an old dog who’d been dumped there ‘a long time ago’. She had no idea what was wrong with his leg, but she occasionally fed him.
Meena called Santisook and Fluke was taken straight to the vet clinic. The vet said that Fluke had probably been hit by a car or beaten about a year ago, his leg and shoulder had been broken and had set in this awkward position. It’s too late for any type of surgery now. He also had 14 wounds on his body, some open, some partly healed. He lies down to sleep on his injured leg, on the open sores.
A blood test showed he has blood parasites but nothing serious. He is malnourished, covered in ticks and his fur is so thin on his body you just see through to his skin. The fur he has left is muddy and tangled. We are shocked to find he is only about two years old. He’s spent half his life in this terrible condition.
Back at the shelter we all felt he knew we were there to help him and he let us get on with bathing him, cutting away some of the worst tangles of fur and cutting the ingrowing nails on his damaged foot.
Later he ate a bowl of rice and chicken. Fluke will now be safe at our shelter.
He’s a beautiful, calm, gentle dog who will now get the love he deserves. Your donation helps dogs like Fluke. Please consider donating today.
Update: Thursday 30th August
I usually do the cat shelter updates, so rarely get out to san Pa Tong to see the dogs. But I wrote the original piece about Fluke, and I was there the day he was rescued. What a terrible state he was in. You could see in his eyes, he was resigned to troublesome life. He was used to people shooing him away because he ‘looked bad’. He was probably confused at all the fuss he was getting, I think you can see the concern in his eyes. So when I went back this week I was really shocked to see him. He came racing over to the car to greet us, tail wagging, and jumping up to get even closer to us. He’s a really friendly, happy, good natured dog! I’ve been getting updates and knew he was doing well. I also knew that Khun Oow, the shelter manager had fallen in love with him and wanted to keep him living free in the grounds of the shelter with a few other of our Special Needs dogs. Then I found out that Fluke also gets to sleep on her bed at night..! Hope you like the photos. We really appreciate your support in our ongoing effort to improve the lives of dogs like Fluke.