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Older Dog Resue: A Great Tale

There’s a great story about an improbable dog adoption on the front page of the Los Angeles Times today. Not only it is heartwarming and uplifting but informative (about the rescue scene in LA) too. The story is about how its reporter, Rene Lynch, adopted an older, abandoned German Shepherd who, as the story begins:

was found “lashed to a fence inside an abandoned junkyard. With no food and water, he began drinking his own urine. Part of his right ear was torn or bitten off. A too-small collar was embedded into his skin. Lesions and scabs dotted his back where there should have been fur.”

The dog was indeed one of the lucky ones; there was something very special about this one too, something about his composure and gentle spirit that inspired a series a rescuers who met him. At the story’s end, Rambo has found his “forever home” with Lynch and her husband, and as she observes, “Taking in an older dog like Rambo has been one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences of my life. True, it also sets us up for heartbreak when the moment comes — and it will come sooner rather than later — that Rambo succumbs to old age.”

Read the whole story, and watch the video and the postcript too, it won’t disappoint!



Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com

Photo by Rene Lynch/Los Angeles Times

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Submitted by Carolyn | July 13 2012 |

Sometimes you get a happy ending ... this is one of those stories.

Submitted by Russell Hartstein | July 14 2012 |

Such an incredible story. I hope thebark keeps on posting stories like this to promote the adoption of elderly and abandon dogs. Such an uplifting and beautiful story, warms your heart!
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Submitted by Shirley Zindler | July 14 2012 |

As a shelter worker and animal control officer I believe theres a special place in heaven for those who adopt old dogs. Those gray muzzles get to me every time. Wonderful story!

Submitted by barry knister | July 18 2012 |

A great story, one that especially touches those of us who have also rescued older dogs. Ours, a border collie, was dropped off at the Vanderburgh Humane Society in Evansville, IN. She was covered with mats, and dying of heartworm. But she'd been taught to, or just naturally offered her paw to people. This gesture, Chelsea's soft-dog gentleness and soulful expression saved her. Such dogs, heartworm and so forth, are always put down--the cure is just too expensive. But Vanderburgh volunteers were so taken with her, they passed the hat and got her treated. We discovered her on Petfinders.com when this was still in progress. We had to wait, but eventually drove from Michigan and got her. They said she was five. Maybe yes, maybe no. Perhaps they shaved a year or so, to make her more adoptable. Whatever the truth, that was eight years ago, and we have felt blessed ever since.

Submitted by Anonymous | July 18 2012 |

Kuddos to all those who rescue any dog let alone older ones. You are a special group. Thank you!

Submitted by Cagney's mom | July 26 2012 |

After wiping away the tears I send a million thank yous on behalf of Rambo. Reading the story about the conditions Rambo endured is so heartbreaking. I was just overwhelmed by the level of cruelty inflicted on this beautiful soul. Thank you for letting us know of this story and of the gentle hearts out there that are moved to action on their behalf. Dear Rene, you will be repaid many fold by this act of compassion. Bless your heart and keep up the good work.

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