The initial images of Socrates broke my heart. He had been living in misery, filth, and chains for nine years, causing everyone to avoid him due to his hideous appearance.
He had scabies, was severely dehydrated, and his body was nothing but skin and bones. In addition, he had multiple open wounds on his body. Despite having other responsibilities, I knew I couldn’t let this poor old man continue to suffer.
The next day, I went to see Socrates.
His weak body couldn’t resist illnesses and he looked extremely unkempt.
His face was greatly swollen, and his eyes were deeply sunken.
Despite my attempts to speak loudly, he might have been hard of hearing.
Thankfully, Socrates was still eating, which gave me hope that I could nurse him back to health.
Dealing with a case like Socrates was a huge responsibility for me as I had never handled such cases before.
I had a positive outcome in mind for him.
However, the test results revealed that he had bone cancer, which was unexpected.
Due to his severely malformed ankle, his hind leg would need to be amputated.
I was hoping that Socrates’ cancer could be treated and wouldn’t spread.
Socrates needed to stay at the veterinary hospital for medical treatment, weight gain, and to boost his immune system.
I was considering his long road ahead.
Socrates had grown larger, gained weight, and required more grooming.
He had a lot of fur growth, and his outlook on the future was positive.
I got to know Socrates and fed him delicious meals twice a day, morning and night, at the hospital.
I made sure his food was extra tasty, even though it wasn’t necessary for dogs.
Socrates was taken outside to experience and observe nature. I was certain he enjoyed it.
His battle with illness was like running in circles. For two days, Socrates suffered from diarrhea and fever.
When Socrates was moved to Los Angeles for faster treatment for his bone cancer, I worried about the possibility of him catching a new viral infection. However, he had a true family that would always be there for him.
Due to his advanced age, the doctors decided against amputating his back leg.
Everyone wanted Socrates to live out the remainder of his days in peace.
Although it was challenging, Socrates loved going for walks.
We fought tirelessly for what was right, as did many others.
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