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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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7:52AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

Such a sweet story.

2:25PM PST on Nov 12, 2014

Thank you so much!!!!!!!

10:56PM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Thank you for helping this dog

10:35PM PST on Nov 3, 2014

My very first dog was found wandering alone in an industrial area, not as badly off as the dog in this story. To cut a long story short, despite being warned he was the ugliest dog ever seen, I took him in. He lived until he was 16 years old, & after 18 months somehow managed to become a very attractive dog. Why is it so hard that old (not mine) and/or unattractive dogs and cats find it so hard to get homes? It shows how shallow some people can be.

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

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