When rescuers were notified about a very sick stray dog, living in a sewer drain somewhere in the outskirts of Athens they found a feral and aggressive dog who never had been around people. However, Save a Greek Stray refused to give up on him.
They caught Monty with the help of a tranquilizer and got him back to town to treat him, but that is only the beginning of his journey.
“He suffered from an old fracture in his hind leg, leishmaniasis, mange and his body was covered in ticks and fleas. He made a full recovery, but remained untamed for too long,” says Valia of The Orphan Pet.
Since arriving at the shelter Monty keeps to his kennel. He’s suspicious, feral and lonely. Everyone who has tried to rehabilitate him has failed – volunteers, trainers. Everyone, says Valia. His distrust towards people runs deep and he seems to hate everyone.
“When Alexandros, his trainer started working with him, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But he did manage to finally get Monty out of that kennel, Valia says. “Life in the shelter will not help Monty progress much more. He might get a bit better, but basically this is it for him.” That is, unless someone opens their home and is up to the challenge of helping Monty become a companion dog.
His rescuers are hoping that the impossible is possible. After all they’ve seen miracles before.
Watch Monty’s moving story below.
A poor obese dog was found dumped- face down near a farm.
Poor dog is named Arbuckle (or Fatty Arbuckle) and weighed 116 lbs, he barely walks since his tiny joints were unable to sustain his weight.
LA’s “A Purposeful Rescue” took him in and promised to help him.
After a check up at the vet, it was revealed that poor canine was suffering from hypothyroidism, and that was the reason why his body puffed up like a balloon. Because of his painful joints the dog was rendered immobile, so firstly his treatment was based on medicines alone.
After some time he got a bit leaner and was able to walk again.
Once the pooch started to lose its weight there was no going back for him anymore.
Actress Jane Lynch and her partner learned about Arbuckle during this time so decided to adopt him.
They gave him a forever home and plenty of love and care, the dog on his own became a famous influencer, since the difficult weight loss process became an inspiration and motivation to people.
It’s not surprising that they call him a miracle dog, check it up yourself how amazing he is.
Update: We are heartbroken after we received the news that the poor dog has passed away recently at 9 years old, the shelter received a whopping $5000 in donations overnight after the dog passed away, all from people who cheered on Arbuckle and wanted to celebrate his inspiring life.
We hope you are resting in peace now good boy.