Once mangy mutt goes from shopping bag to fun and games

Cape Town - The once mangy mutt who was left for dead in a plastic shopping bag in Helderberg a few months ago, has finally found his forever home.

And what fun it has been for Trax since jetting to his new home in Atholl, Johannesburg, on Friday.
He hopped into a car for a weekend at his family’s Thabazimbi game farm and attended his first game auction, said his "mom" Jacqui van Altena.

“He loved all the activity and fitted right in. The buffalo on the farm intimidated him a little bit but he gained his courage back with the Nyala and smaller game!”

She and her husband JJ described him as “such a happy little guy”.

“We are so thrilled to have him be a part of our family.”

The couple had other dogs - Cody, Stella and Coco – but were also expecting their first baby in a few weeks.

Sopping, sick-looking Trax bound with shoelaces

Lourens van Wyk, 67, the retired pastor who saved Trax from a field close to his church was delighted to hear about his progress.

“It’s wonderful and I am happy he is doing well. It was a shocking experience because we love animals.”

It was a cold and rainy morning in July when van Wyk was alerted to a package next to the railway line.

When he tore it open, he found a sopping and sick-looking Trax bound in shoelaces.

        Trax when he arrived at the shelter. (Photo supplied)

He rushed the mutt to the Animal Welfare Society Helderberg.

Since then, he had been back to visit a few times with his wife and grandchildren.

The clinic’s general manager Julia Evans said Trax’s mange took a while to heal but was no longer contagious. He no longer had a worrying head tic and was otherwise healthy.

They had since worked out he couldn’t be more than 4-years-old.

Jacqui’s husband, who is in the wildlife industry, saw Trax’s story online.

Many applications

Moved by the dog's condition, he emailed her to organise an adoption and she contacted the organisation.

           A much happier-looking Trax with his new friends. (Photo supplied)

Evans said: “They were the only one of all the applications who kept emailing me day by day to ask how he is doing and for updates.”

The woman who probably had the most contact with Trax as he healed was his carer Wendy Goodwin.

“I made sure he was nice and warm at night as well as a nice coat and a box to cuddle into at night," said Goodwin.

She would sit with him in the day and rub and talk to him.

“It didn’t take long to gain his trust and we actually became very good friends. I am glad he could go to a good home.”

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