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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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7:02PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Truly, there are angels all around us who take care of needy animals! I truly believe they conteract abusers and exploiters of animals who will pay a dear price one day for their cruelty

6:47PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Hi, my name is Ariadna Alonso, I'm from Mexico, where there is a big trouble with stray dogs and alley cats and unfortunately many people see them as a plague, turning them into victims of abuse. That's why I want to open a shelter to rescue them (as many as possible) and give them food, shelter, veterinary care, and training so they can find sooner a permanent home. Also I'd like to add a little store to sell crafts with animal theme so it can sustain by itself (something like aspca).

I've been saving money to make it real, but I don't earn much and recently I found a page where people can donate for many causes. Please help me to achieve my goal.

3:26PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Beautiful story.

11:16AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Beautifull story.. with tears in my eyes.

Monika van den Berg

11:16AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Beautifull story.. with tears in my eyes.

Monika van den Berg

11:16AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Beautifull story.. with tears in my eyes.

Monika van den Berg

11:04AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

Beautiful, god bless the lady for saving the dog & the loving couple for giving the dog a home

10:15AM PDT on Apr 17, 2014


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