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Senior Dog Left Behind When His Family Moved Was So Hungry He Ate Rocks To Survive

He waited by their house for a year, hoping they would come back — but he's doing so much better now.

When Stewie’s family decided to move away, they left him behind — and the poor dog waited at their old house for a year, hoping that one day they’d come back for him. The 11-year-old pit bull mix was starving and scared for so long, just trying to make it on his own, until one day someone decided to try and get him help. 

Hope for Paws got the call about Stewie and drove out to his home to rescue him. When they arrived they found him hanging out in the yard of the house, hiding in a crawl space, and tried to offer him some food … 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

… but as soon as he saw them he ran away, so sure that they were there to hurt him. 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

They watched the terrified dog head down the block a bit, and decided the best thing to do would be to wait for him to come back. He was so attached to that house, so convinced that his family was coming back for him, and they knew he wouldn’t stay away for long … 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

… and they were right. After a little while, Stewie came back to his house, and rescuers were able to quickly slip a leash over him, ensuring that the loyal dog was finally safe. 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

Stewie was still pretty scared when his rescuers finally got him, and so they put him into a crate to keep him from trying to run away. A few neighbors helped lift the crate into the waiting car, and everyone was so overjoyed that Stewie was finally headed off to find the loving home he deserved. 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

They quickly drove Stewie to the vet to get checked out, and after doing an X-ray, they made the heartbreaking discovery that the poor dog had been eating rocks during his time on the streets because he was so hungry. He also had masses all over his body that luckily turned out to be benign, and were all able to be removed. 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

As he was checked out and cleaned up, the sweet senior dog began to warm up to his rescuers, accepting love and attention for the first time in a year. He seemed to realize he was finally safe, and would never have to resort to eating rocks ever again. 

Stewie is now in a fantastic foster home where he has lots of other dog siblings to play with, and people to give him all of the love he’s been wanting for so long. He may be on the older side, but he’s the absolute friendliest dog around, and just wants to find a forever home where he can snuggle and love for the rest of his days. 

dog abandoned by his family
Hope for Paws

Watch the full video of Stewie's rescue below: 

If you’re interested in adopting Stewie, you can contact Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary for more information.