Freezing and Homeless New York City Dog Wakes to Heaven on Earth


Written by Jeannie Wymbs of New York

It was one of the coldest and windiest days in New York City. Every morning before work I would feed my two rescued dogs, Sandie and Duke, and then let them out in the yard. First I would go out to make sure the gate was closed because sometimes my husband would leave it open. Sure enough that morning it was open. I closed it and came around the corner of the house to find a dog laying in the yard! I went over to him and began talking softly to him. He looked up at me with such sad eyes. At first I thought he was small. Then he got up and I realized he wasn’t small at all. He was terribly emaciated and was squeezed tightly into a ball. He must have been freezing!

I called to my son who was in the house, and told him to come outside. The dog was friendly with us and he let me look him over. Aside from being skinny, he looked okay. No injuries. I let my dogs out to meet him because they are friendly. I leashed him first just in case he wasn’t. They seemed to get along well. I took them all back in the house together.

The Veterinarian Was Shocked

Playing in the snow - safe at last.

I tried to feed him but he didn’t eat much. I think he was nervous. I had to go to work so I called my daughter who was off that day. She came over to dog sit along with my son until I got home from work. After work I took him to the vet. Of course he didn’t have a microchip. They were shocked at how skinny he was.

I named him “Lucky” for obvious reasons. Lucky was a handful at first. He did his business all over the house and tried to constantly hump Sandie who was not happy about it. Finally he got the message that she is the alpha dog. When he drank water, he slopped it everywhere earning him the nickname “Sloppy.” After a few weeks he gained weight and started to act more like Sandie and Duke. I think they taught him how to be a dog. He truly is lucky he chose our yard!  More great photos here.

Brought to you by The Great Animal Rescue Chase


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Fiona T.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thanks for the great job

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

Nice he is safe and with a lovely family

S. N.
Susan N5 years ago

What a lucky dog!

Beth Wilkerson
Beth Wilkerson5 years ago

I love happy endings!

Carrie Anne Brown

great ending thanks for sharing :)

Sarah M.
Sarah M5 years ago

Thank you so much for taking Lucky in and saving him. Happy endings like this always bring tears of joy to my eyes.

Latonya W.
Latonya W5 years ago

wow ur a godsend with the big dogs they all look like babies:)

Terri Hughes
Terri Hughes5 years ago

Awww...this is so sad that the poor dog was wondering around all this time without food, water or shelter. Glad that morning the husband left the gate open. Thanks to the woman for taking the dog to the vet to have him checked out. He is a very lucky dog, because his guardian angel was waiting for him. And you are that to him. Lucky is a beautiful dog and so are Sandie and Duke. God Bless you all.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley5 years ago

Great story.

Ann S.
Ann S5 years ago

Good save and integration into the household. It's great to have other animals already established in order to train the new ones who may have only known hardships and mistreatment before.