Rudy the dog isn’t just lounging around a nice warm lavender-infused tub, being fed one biscuit after another, just because he a lucky dog, or even for the fun of it.
As Courtney Bellew, director of the Northeast chapter of Special Needs Animal Rescue Rehabilitation (SNARR) explained, the baths, which help heal and soothe his skin, are a crucial “medical necessity”.
RUDY ABSOLUTELY LOVES HIS TUBBY TIME AND CLEARLY THE ATTENTION THAT COMES ALONG WITH IT. HE LOVES GETTING SPOILED AND PAMPERED,” BELLEW SAYS.
SNARR’s motto is “Giving Hope To The Hopeless”
When the poor dog was first brought to a New York City Shelter, he was emaciated, and nearly hairless. He was completely covered in feces and dirt. Gaping wounds were all over his body that Bellew thinks are the result of some kind of battery acid. Rudy also suffered a broken front leg.
As soon as Rudy arrived at the shelter, the staff called Bellew stating that the dog has to be taken to the vet by a rescue group as soon as possible or he wouldn’t be able to make it and survive.
Bellew wasn’t sure at all if Rudy would live through those first tough days, but after spending a week at the veterinary clinic, the dog was just ready to go to his new temporary home with an experienced foster family.
THEY ALSO HAPPEN TO BE A HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM WHO ARE BOTH INCREDIBLE VETERINARIANS,” SAYS BELLEW.
The bath video was actually shot back in February 2015.
As you can see from the video, the dog was beginning to finally realize what it feels like to be part of a warm loving family. That humans can really be kind and caring.
Rudy also made best friends with a little lamb, which happened to be in the care of his very same foster parents.
The poor little dog has Cushing disease and suffered a fractured leg that was never properly healed. Before he dies he lost control of all four legs, and after a lot of suffering, his foster family had to let him go.