So, Alpha would have been in hiding, his mother getting whatever food she could to keep herself alive and then feeding them. With so little food however her milk would have had little nutrition and Alpha would have known hunger pains and dehydration for most of the time.
Luckily this family were found and taken to a local rescue where they had treatment for fleas and ticks and had regular meals, small and regular at first to build them up slowly. Over time they grew in physical strength and started to recover mentally. Luckily, being saved as such a young age their terrifying memories of dogs screaming in pain for being beaten or during fights and their feelings of fear, hunger and desperation faded more quickly than if they had been older and soon Alpha was behaving just as a puppy should .. and he started to show a zest for life again.
A couple of months later Alpha was blessed to have found a new home here in the UK. However, sadly due to circumstances out of anyones control they were unable to keep him and he has returned back to Action Aid for his second chance. He is now in foster waiting for that special family to come and give him the forever home he so desperately needs and deserves.
Alpha is dog and child friendly, yet can get nervous when more than one dog is around, which, considering his past is inevitable as even though the memories will have faded, his natural instinct remains.
He loves his running in a morning and walks later but needs a bit of work on his leader training. His wonderful foster family are working on this with him while he is with them. He is wary of strangers at first but not aggressive. He is just a boy who needs people to understand his insecurities and, if a new person allows him to come to them when he is ready it doesn't take him long to start to trust and accept them. Alpha is very good in a home with other dogs and has no issues with food aggression.
A sad reflection of his past is that Alpha has never even had a chance to learn how to play. He did show the energetic fun loving side a puppy should but tug toys, balls and the usual things that should young dogs all excited are a complete mystery to him. However his foster family are teaching him the joy of this and slowly he is learning what being a happy dog is really all about.
Here are some baby pics, when Alpha was just a tiny pup.
How is that for cuteness?
DEFRA Compliant for travel
Vaccinated: yes (inc. Rabies)
Treated for fleas and worms: yes
EU passport: yes