Starved Dog Who Survived on Rocks Living Happily Ever After

“I woke up with him in my bed with his head cradled gently on my chest. He loves his brother and sister.”

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An emaciated Weimaraner named Alex who survived by eating twigs and rocks and was rescued in October has made a remarkable recovery.  Even better, he has been officially adopted by his foster mom!

“When I first met him, he was really thin that drew me to him and his eyes were so haunting and piercing,” Diane Lundeen explained to WVUE.

Alex was found wandering the streets in New Orleans back in October.


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“We saw a terrified and emaciated dog that needed help and need help fast,” Deanna Theis, assistant director of the Southern Animal Foundation, told Fox 8.

“Seeing the picture was one thing, seeing him in person was very emotional. When I picked him up I couldn’t help but tear up, and feel very sad for him,” she told HuffPost in an email.  “I hugged him and kissed him on the head and told him he will be OK now.”

“He was hesitant coming out of his transport crate, but when out, immediately kicked my hand and began wagging his tail.”


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An X-ray revealed that the poor boy’s stomach was loaded with rocks and twigs.  His stomach flipped almost immediately after being taken into care, requiring emergency surgery.

The 45-pound dog was in for a long-term recovery period.  After some intensive care, he was fostered by Diane, mom to two other Weimies.

“He gained 10 pounds in his first 10 days he was staying with me. That told me he was definitely a good match,” she said.


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In December, Diane gave SAF fans a fantastic update:

“Alex update. He is doing great. I woke up with him in my bed with his head cradled gently on my chest. He loves his brother and sister. He is the peacekeeper in the family so if play gets too rough between the baby and Anya, he speaks up. The three went through all of the new squeaky toys I bought them, filling my living room with stuffing snow.

“We have moved on to antlers and heavy duty rope toys that keep everyone happy. The tug-o-wars are a big favorite. Yesterday, Alex went for his Santa photos at Petcetera and stole everyone’s heart. He is eating well. He is cat curious so we are keeping them separate still. Despite his big voice when he objects, he is all bark and no bite – even when his little brother steals his food. All great signs so far! I will keep you all posted on his progress.”


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Alex and his siblings got to spend Christmas in Oklahoma City, romping around in the snow.  He’s now up to 80 pounds, and his health and happiness continue to improve.

“He has good color in his gums, his eyes are bright, when he goes to sit down he doesn’t whine,” Diane said.  “He has this incredible joy for life that’s awesome.”


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488 thoughts on “Starved Dog Who Survived on Rocks Living Happily Ever After

  1. You, are the best, I wish we all can do what you have save every dog in the world along with the helpless man womepan and child. Thank you.

  2. The world needs more kind people like you. Thank you for having such a big heart and saving this beautiful boy, and thank you for sharing your story.

  3. What a transformation for beautiful Alex! It was so difficult to view the before photo of Alex, and unbelievable that no one stepped up to care for him before he got into this near death state. How wonderful of you, and the others within the animal organization to rescue Alex and save his life. There is no reason or excuse for any pet to endure what Alex did. We have to all step up to become involved in assisting these animals in need when we hear or see their dire circumstances. Not one person, nor one organization can do it all alone. It takes many to reach out to all the animals in need of rescue. They are abused, neglected, lost, starved, frightened, and often need medical attention. All of us have an obligation to act, and take the steps to do whatever we can to make right by these animals……. if not take them in ourselves, call for action from humane rescue groups. They can not possibly fend for themselves, and all of us must realize that. They are not equipped like wild animals to provide most resources for themselves. It is imperative that we not turn our heads when we see their plight, but stop and intervene to rescue. If afraid to intervene, then it is our responsibility to call an organization for assistance. I always keep a blanket and leash in my car to assist any stray in need that I may encounter. If afraid of bites, you can temporarily muzzle with many things you may have on hand, like a simple piece of cloth. I have a cage to rig with food for trapping stray cats. I go to fast food drive-thru to get immediate food sources like fish sandwich or hamburger. I take them home or to a vet, depending on the circumstances. Then, I follow up later by trying to find their owner, or take in a few days to a local shelter or rescue. All of us could do this. If we did, so much painful suffering would be eliminated for these animals who deserve so much better. We can give that to them. We just have to open our eyes, ears, and hearts to care and take action to give them our best to help them…… just as was done for Alex. If anyone needs proof of the results, all you have to do is look at these before and after photos of Alex. It speaks volumes. Thanks to all involved for saving yet another beautiful animal that so needed you. They are waiting on us to help them, let’s not let them down. They have no other resource, if we don’t step in to save their lives. Alex is now living the wonderful life he deserves, thanks to many good people who took him in to give him all he needed to regain health, be happy and thrive……. just the way it was always meant to be.

    1. I totally agree with everything you said. Please people, if you see an animal in trouble or being abused, don’t just turn your head and think someone else will intervene. You need to do something about it, even if it’s just alerting authorities. I can’t believe how many stories there were this winter of dogs/puppies that were tied outside and found frozen to the ground! Poor Alex, for having to endure such horror, but thanks to those who helped him. It’s amazing that he survived, but look at what a wonderful dog was in that poor emaciated body. Bless his darling heart.

    2. absolutely correct! we as a society, have yet to value animals like we do humans. animals don’t exist for us to eat, wear, use for entertainment or do experiments on or neglect, mistreat or abuse in any way. they are sentient creatures who are much more forgiving, accepting, loving and affectionate than any person i’ve never met. we need to hold them up for the precious creatures they are. when society makes that shift, everything will change for animals. in the meantime, we all have the responsibility to be that change.

  4. God Bless you for taking care of your beautiful dog. I hope you and your dogs live a healthy ,happy life . I’m so happy there are good people like you in this world

  5. So many mahalos (thank you in Hawaiian) for caring . A beautiful dog who deserved
    a beautiful life, with your caring. All dogs deserve the best!!!!

  6. Such a beautiful story, such a beautiful dog, and such a beautiful woman with a kind, wonderful heart !!! There are special angels in the world and she is one of them !!!

    God bless from me and my own rescue dog buddy – a stray senior who has made my life a better place. I will never forget the day he came into my world – such a drooling, barking, smelly pain in the a$$, but he’s MY drooling, barking, smelly pain in the a$$ !!!

    Hugs to all dog lovers out there !!!

  7. God bless you Diane for adopting Alex. Over the years, our family has had 8 Weimaraners. What a great breed! How could anyone starve a great dog like Alex?! May you and Alex have many joyful years together!

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    Dear Diane: God bless you, you are the kind of people that the whole world needs now. Congratullations. Actually I have in my home two rescue mutt dogs and they are great. I live in a poor country and abandoned dogs are a everyday problem, good for you,


  9. What an angel she is.I’m 50 yrs. old male and cry every time I read a sad story about these pets. I lost my pet guinea pig 2 weeks ago passed and am still devastated. There needs to be stiffer penalties against these “people”. They needs to be stiffer penalties like mandatory jail sentences for these idiots to think about what they have done.

  10. A beautiful dog with such love in his eyes. How anyone could ignore and walk away from such an emaciated animal is beyond belief until Diane came along and changed his life. The cruelty to animals that pervades this country is contrary to everything we stand for and yet it exists and is growing. Horror stories of abuse and neglect are in the news everyday. WE are a throw away society who have become numb to the growing problem of overpopulation, puppy mills , dog fighting and abandonment. Bless those like Diane who still have a heart !

  11. Thank you dear Amy for the love you showed for a starving baby because they are like children to me , I too have recue animals dogs and cats, Your reward will be yours in heaven Thank you again and May God be with you .

  12. It is beyond me why anyone would do this- thank goodness that Alex has survived and has a lovely new owner. Blessings to both for a long happy future. xx

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