When Blessing the dog was found by Elspeth Duncan in the Tobago forest three months ago he looked and acted nothing like he does today.
Video footage from when the dog was discovered showed him shivering, all alone, eating the food he found on the ground.
His bones noticeably piercing through his skin and the fur on his body very thin.
When Duncan found the dog commonly called a “Pothound” she immediately called for help.
A collaboration between Elspeth’s shelter Venus: Doggess of Love, the TTSPCA, the North-West Veterinary Clinic, the Animal Welfare Network along with others brought Blessing back to life.
“Everybody just doing small things to just make the domino effect happen,” said Michelle Lourenco.
Front desk manager of the North-West Veterinary Clinic Michelle Lourenco who said Blessing came a long way, gave most of the credit for the dog’s recovery to Duncan.
“You’re either somebody that’s going to rescue or you’re not, you either going to see something in need at the side of the road or you’re going to pass it straight,” said Lourenco.
When Blessing was brought into the TTSPCA he was diagnosed with a number of illnesses, one that still haunts him today.
“He tested positive for tick fever, Oral Papilloma and Demodectic mange,” said Lourenco.
Blessing still struggles with demodectic mange but with proper care, Lourenco said he will be just fine.
“Other than his skin this dog is going to be a happy, healthy dog.”
But as Blessing recovers, Lourenco said the next step in the dog’s journey is for him to go to his new foster home to learn the basic skills of being a pet.
These skills include learning to walk on a leash, adopt a litter schedule and how to play.
After Blessing learns these skills he will be on a plane to Canada, where he will be fostered until someone there adopts him.
The Canadian citizen learned about Blessing through Duncan’s Facebook page.
Different people and shelters came together to secure Blessing’s trip. Some artistes even sold their paintings and raised TT$2,100 for Blessing’s airfare.
“A pilot has agreed to take him as his luggage,” said Lourenco.
Lourenco admitted that Blessing’s case is not unique.
“Very few people want brown Pothounds in Trinidad, they are considered common.”
But she is appealing with the population to find another way.
“I won’t judge someone for straying a dog but there are other options,” Lourenco said.