Bear was a big old soft gentle giant. In 2003 Mino found him, abandoned most definitely. What a lovely boy he was. He certainly was not a young dog. I expect someone got tired of him and wanted a newer model. That and the fact he wasn’t well, these people won’t spend any money on a vet, they would rather abandon the animal and get another one.😡
He had been on his own for some time, as he was very thin, he also had a poorly eye. His eyelashes on one eye were growing inwards, irritating the eyeball. Quite a painful condition. Bear was operated on to rectify this, successfully. But unfortunately, he tested positive for Leishmanoise. We had him treated , and he had five good years in our ever-growing family, coming on our move to Italy with us. He loved coming on walks with us and doing all the things that a pet dog should do. We loved Bear.
But he was gradually getting worse, he kept haemorrhaging from his nose, massive amounts of blood. Mino had to give him an injection of Tranix, to stop the bleeding every time he bled. He finally lost his battle to Leishmanoise in December 2006, but he went knowing what love and a full belly was.
Bless you Bear 🐶