A Hunter owned him but he died in a far off place. If the old hound could show his form from before Lord Odysseus left him, then you'd see him swift and savage.
I wonder how they can leave such a hound to lie on a pile of dung. He would have been a fine dog too though I can't speak of his strength or speed from his youth.
Odysseus walks with Eumaeus and they past by a familiar old dog but that can't be his dog. No if it was his then it would be treated much better fore he is king of Ithaca and his belongings are meant to be treated well. This old dog was laying on a pile of dung
Odysseus speaks testing to see if the dog is his and the old dog tries to perk up while waggling it's tail. Odysseus's eyes water but he only lets one tear escape for his poor old hound.