In Houston, Texas the photo of a stray dog sleeping on a stuffed toy for comfort has been making its way around social media with questions as to the dog’s location; his past, present and future. On Wednesday evening, an update from Yvette Holzbach, founder of the Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project, provided details.
The dog belongs to an 89-year-old man named Calvin, who said this was just one of the many dogs he has rescued through the years.
“This was his dog, along with many others that he had rescued off the streets of the 5th Ward over the years. At one time he had as many as 20 in his back yard. He told us that he was a dog that did not want to be contained. He was forever jumping the fence and he could do nothing to keep him in.”
Calvin has been very upset that his dog had disappeared, but more than likely the dog, who had not been neutered, was just reacting to his natural instincts and chasing a female dog. Whether or not readers will agree that it was decided on Wednesday to leave three other dogs with Calvin most likely will cause debate, but the story continues with the man loving his dogs; even to the point of buying bags of ice in the summer to keep their water cool in the Texas heat. Calvin has agreed to allow his other dogs to be spayed, neutered and fully vetted. Neighbors said they often watched Calvin carrying a 50 pound bag of dog food home from the store. He doesn’t drive, but arrangements will be made this week to pick up the dogs and return them as soon as they are well enough to go home.
While the volunteers were at the property, a neighbor across the street had two little puppies with obvious symptoms of Parvo virus. The puppies were removed and were immediately transported to a veterinarian where they are receiving care, and it is hoped they will survive.
“Today was a sad day knowing that a man lost one of his four legged companions, but also a good day because we got to rescue not only the two Parvo pups, dubbed Hope and Faith, but also a little Border Collie female we have named Charity. I hope that by posting the picture, awareness has been raised to the plight of the street dog. We are facing an uphill battle and we can only hope that there will come a time when no dog will have to struggle to survive on the street.”
It is unknown what happened to this dog, but the look on Calvin’s face showed how hurt he was not knowing if his dog was safe. For more information on Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project, please click here. To donate, please click here.
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