START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
3,450,932 people care about Animal Welfare

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.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase

Related Stories:

Puppy With Mouth Tied Shut in -35 Cold Steers Toward Happiness

“Cash Cow” Prized Puppy Gets Undercover Rescue

Saved From Dog Catcher, Escapee Gets a Makeover

Read more: , , ,

Photo credit: © Adammck |

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
12:45AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014


2:30AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

lovely:) thanks

1:22PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014


9:35AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

Old story, good story line, would love an update.

8:34AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014


8:00AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

Those big, dark, sad beautiful heart just melts

6:34AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Nice story.

5:58AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

I have tears for this sweet baby to finally find a family of her own to love her and care for her in her later years. At least she will have known what love feels like!

Thank you Nady for getting her the help she needed to find her family after so long!

9:09AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

there needs to be a moratorium all across this country from people allowing their pets to have babies. I think the moratorium should include breeders too, for now, but I can already hear the screams from the bleachers.

too many sweet dogs and cats are suffering because humans can't handle the numbers. I wish my town would put a notice to water customers telling them if they don't provide proof of spay/neuter, their water will be turned off in 60 days or something along those lines. County says it can't. Cruelty and suffering win again.

12:11AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Sometimes good things happen to good creatures. This is a wonderful example where everyone wins. Kudos to the dog and the lovely couple who adopted the dog. This is a happy ending and our little abused baby became Cinderella.

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

ads keep care2 free

Recent Comments from Causes

Hunting is not the problem. The "good' hunters who treat the prey with respect and consume as much…

IT HAPPENS ALWAYS THE SAME: Money the only GOD for ignorants and people running after craving, fame,…

Unfortunately the dairy industry is too powerful and too few people know the immense cruelty that fuels…

Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.