Stuart Little, the 18-year-old teacup chihuahua, was found on the side of the Bruce Highway near Gympie. Picture: Marsden Luke Source: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
WHO is this creature with terrible claws And terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, And a silly tongue at the end of his nose.
He might look more like children's storybook monster The Gruffalo than his cute big-screen namesake Stuart Little, but don't judge this sook by his cover - he's had a very ruff life.
Heartless owners left the 18-year-old teacup chihuahua to die.
He is blind in one eye, half blind in the other, arthritic, has severe dermatitis, a bald tail and most of his teeth missing, so he constantly drools as his tongue hangs out of his mouth.
Weighing just over 1kg, the pint-sized pooch was abandoned on the side of the busy Bruce Highway, near Gympie, last month.
Curled up in a ball on the side of the road on a filthy, tattered pillow, he was rescued by good Samaritan motorists who spotted the terrified hound and dropped him at the Animal Welfare League of Queensland.
"He looked so forlorn with his tongue hanging out and you can see through his hair and he just looked unbelievable, the poor little thing," said Gold Coast resident Sandra Armstrong, who has adopted Stuart.
"It took me about 24 hours to actually get him off (the pillow). But he's doing really well now."
AWLQ's Michelle Critchley said it was likely someone had just "had enough" of the tiny dog, who they believe to be in his 18th year based on his general wellbeing.
"They take the easy way out. But it's not the easy way out for the animal."
I have been trying to think of all manner of circumstances that could lead to the dumping of this little old dog on the side of the highway, I just can't come up with one.