Abandoned dog creeps into rescuers hearts, and makes a remarkable recovery

Now called Patrick after his kind rescuer, this dog has gone from a life of hell to a loving forever home in West Beach.

Patrick - before and after

Patrick the dog, also nicknamed 'Paternoster' by the veterinary staff who have come to love the rescued mutt, arrived at Bergzicht Animal Hospital in a dire condition.

He had almost no hair. He looked like a hyena.

Isla, Bergzicht Animal Hospital

A good Samaritan called Patrick found the dog wandering around Epping Industria in Cape Town in mid February this year.

He was starving, riddled with ticks and fleas, and covered in mange from nose to tail.

Patrick spent two hours coaxing the distrustful pooch into his car. For some reason, the dog realised this was one human who wanted to help him, and off they went to Bergzicht Animal Hospital at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay.

Patrick was estimated to be around 4 or 5 years old - and weighed just 14kg when he arrived.

Staff had to wear special protective suits to bathe the highly contagious hound. He had to spend his first weeks in quarantine.

Veterinarian Dr Claude contacted Royal Canin's Leanne Jakins, and asked for a donation of the special skin support food Patrick needed.

Leanne did not hesitate, and bags of the food were provided for Patrick.

A woman who works near to the Veterinary Hospital saw Patrick the day he arrived, and fell in love with him.

With two furry sisters at home for him, she and her husband decided then and there that as soon as he was well enough, Patrick would have a home with their family in West Beach.

He doubled in weight and began to look like a new dog, .

Then just a month ago, Patrick went to his forever home with his new family.

Patrick and his bloodhound sisters are proof that it is indeed a dog's life.

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