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Old Stray Dog Wins the Lottery

Old Stray Dog Wins the Lottery

Editor’s note: This is a Care2 favorite. It was originally published on March 13, 2012. Enjoy!

Written by Nady Tzortzidou  of Athens, Greece

A couple of years ago, some colleagues informed me of a little stray griffon-like dog, wandering outside the company where I worked. She seemed very sick and didn’t respond to anything.

She must have been in the streets for so long as her fur was hanging from her skin in balls.  She was extremely dirty and smelly, yet had the sweetest and most gentle eyes I have ever seen. The only move she made was to wag her tail when someone spoke to her.

I put her in my car and she didn’t protest at all. I took her to our family vet, who kept her for about three weeks.  He treated her skin and fur (she had some kind of skin infection), shaved, bathed, spayed and vaccinated her. Then I went and got her (surprisingly she seemed very happy, as if staying at the clinic was the best time she ever had) and took her to a kennel to stay for a while as I live in a tiny apartment with two very demanding and bossy cats.

I started looking for a new family for this sweet old girl. The doctor told me that she was close to 10 years old and couldn’t see clearly from one eye. Weeks went by and nobody responded to my emails. I visited her in the kennel and she seemed quite unhappy and frightened there.

After three months, I finally got a call from a middle age woman named Teresa who was asking for information about the dog. She had a cat and wanted a dog to keep her mother company as her mother was ill.

She liked the dog and finally got her. Some time after, I visited Teresa in their house and I was amazed by how much she and her husband loved this dog.  The dog was like a child, all cleaned up with a red ribbon on the head, looking peaceful and happy. They were so patient with her, talking to her, kissing her, being with her constantly (only their cat was very happy about that).

The vet (they kept using the same vet) told me that this couple was like a lottery prize for the dog, especially so late in her life. They treated her like a child, like a daughter.

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3:37PM PDT on Apr 23, 2014

Wat geweldig leuk om te lezen :)

2:32PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014


7:57PM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

pulls at the heart-strings don't it. Nice. Wish the world was always that way.

5:07AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

what a lovely story... and to think that it actually happened to this old girl made it so much the better... i'd be happy knowing that they all lived happily ever after.. and i think they did..

8:52PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Thank you!

12:39PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Love the happy ending.

12:37PM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Love the happy ending.

9:49AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Aaaah, just love a happy ending.

7:21AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

nice story... also good luck to Ariadna Alonso in Mexico to help the strays there.

6:38AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Sweet story but the caption is misleading. Call me gullible, but I really expected to read about how a dog won a state lottery! Maybe I need to write that one myself - purely fiction of course!

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