Murray and his three Weimaraner siblings were discovered by rescuers in 2013 on Dead Dog Beach, a notorious Puerto Rican beach where people dump their unwanted pets. Murray and his siblings, who were only around 12 weeks old when they were rescued, began displaying indications of distemper, a devastating virus that destroys a dog’s neurological system.
Beckles and the vet took the tough choice to put Murray down, believing it was the most humane thing to do. When the time came, though, the vet changed her mind.
Murray, on the other hand, had a very tiny chance of survival – one of his sisters had already died from the condition.
According to Cathy Meeks, a board-certified veterinarian at BluePearl Veterinary Hospital in Tampa, Florida, 80 percent of pups that contract distemper die. Vaccination is the most effective strategy to avoid distemper. Murray and his siblings, however, had not had any immunizations since they had been stray.
Despite this, Murray improved with treatment, despite the fact that he still has certain health issues, including moderate seizures. His skull grew in an unusual form as a result of the distemper.
Murray’s teeth deteriorated as well, and the majority of them had to be extracted, causing his tongue to dangle out of his mouth.
But none of this mattered to Gallant and her family, which included her mother Kristina, father Dennis, two younger brothers, Wesley and Eli, two rescue dogs, Pili and Fox, and their cat Daphne. They began fostering Murray in November 2013, and he was legally adopted the following month, right before Christmas.
Gallant FaceTimes Murray on a daily basis, and Murray still sleeps in her bedroom.
When Gallant is at home, she spends as much time as she can with Murray. One of her favorite activities is taking Murray, Pili, and Fox for long walks.
Four years have passed since Murray’s rescue, but Beckles recalls him fondly — and she’s overjoyed that Murray got the ideal home.