A very neglected dog was found walking down the street in Compton.
Check out what happened next! You won’t believe it!
Is That Even A Dog?
The Hope For Paws people rescued this neglected dog in South Central. If you don’t recognize the breed, that’s because it’s not just a dog… it’s actually a dog-wolf hybrid.
Her Name Is Julia
The dog, seen in this picture on the right by the white gate, was found wandering down the street. The rescuers stopped to try and help the neglected dog.
Slow And Steady
Lisa, the woman pictured in blue, closed the white gate to prevent Julia from escaping and running away. She said the dog was all skin and bones and extremely neglected.
Easy Does It
We really respect these rescuers. If we were face to face with a dog-wolf hybrid and this was the face staring back at us, we’d go back home right away. Lisa, on the other hand, attempted to get Julia’s trust. Just how did THAT go?…
Kibbles And What?
Lisa knew bribery was the best way to Julia’s heart, so she offered her some tasty treats. Gaining the dog-wolf’s trust was of vital importance as she had been mistreated terribly throughout her life. She still had infected wounds covering her body!
Love At First Bite
It was love at first bite (of the tasty snacks)… well, maybe not the first bite, but about 20 minutes of kindness won over the abused dog. Julia was even gentle in taking the food from Lisa’s hand.
The Lucky Leash
Lisa was carrying Hope For Paws’ Lucky Leash, which she gently slipped over Julia as she fed her. Julia was okay with it and she had no objections.
Wait, Who Owns This Yard, Anyway?
Since this entire process took close to 30 minutes, the owner of the yard eventually noticed something was going on. Lisa explained what had happened, gave the owner Hope For Paws’ business card and promised they would take good care of the dog.
Let’s Get That Ride Ready
Julia needed to be brought to the vet, so Lisa and her co-workers got their vehicle ready to transport the dog in comfort. Julia had done enough walking on her swollen paws and was going to ride in style!
Hop On In!
Needless to say, it looks like Julia was not a fan of Toyota SUVs and seemed hesitant to get inside… maybe a Mercedes would have been more appropriate! The Hope For Paws workers told Julia that things would get much better and she hopped in!
Off To The Vet!
This being Los Angeles, the traffic was terrible on the way to rescue the dog, as well as on the way to the vet. Regardless of traffic, Julia seemed pretty happy during the ride.
The First Test
The Hope For Paws workers were pretty sure that Julia was suffering from Demodectic Mange. They got her tested as soon as they arrived at the vet’s office and the results came back as positive.
Julia and Lisa got to know each other a little better as they waited for Julia’s bath to fill with water. Time for a bit of rub-a-dub-dub.
In Bad Need Of A Mani-Pedi
Besides a bath, Julia had a real need of having her nails trimmed. Her paws were very swollen and the long nails were guaranteed to be causing her even more pain. Once cleaned up, she would feel much better.
Julia is only 2 years old, but the amount of pain she has endured is more than anyone should ever have to bear. It’s good to hear that her life will be better from this moment forth.
The Bathwater Is Ready!
Once they got Julia into the bath and her fur got wet, the workers noticed just how starved and malnourished she was.
While taking the bath, Julia’s scabs got wet and fell off, and Julia’s wounds began to bleed. This was all expected and required to completely heal. Medication in the bath water facilitated the healing process.
Once the bath was complete, Julia looked drained and just laid her head down on Lisa’s arm. Lisa dried off the pooch with a towel.
As dinner was being prepared (followed by some much needed sleep), Dr. Ingram checked Julia’s wounds.
A Quick Visit
One of the workers came back to the hospital, three hours after Julia had been rescued, to make sure everything was okay with the dog. Then it was time for Julia to go to sleep.
Not The Best Appetite
Julia did not want to eat too much on the first day, probably because of how stressful the entire day had been. Lisa and one of the workers came back on the following day with some delicious doggy grub.
Sleep Is The Best Remedy
Julia got stronger and stronger but spent more of her time sleeping… which, in her defense, is the best remedy.
Chilling In The Yard
One of the guys from Hope For Paws came for a visit and hung out with Julia for a hour in the front yard. Julia seemed to really enjoy the company.
Since her rescue, Julia has not yet wagged her tail (a clear sign of a dog’s happiness) but she shows her appreciation in a different way… by rubbing her head on her rescuers.