Elderly Dog Gets Home for Christmas

April Livingston | December 24th, 2018

In the shelter at the Dallas Animal services facility, there was a dog that was not quite like the rest of them. She was old, fourteen years old to be exact, and had a gray face and a sad look in her eyes. She arrived in the shelter just after the Thanksgiving holiday and the card in her kennel told a very sad story. Not only was she surrendered to the shelter, but her former owner requested that she be euthanized. The older dog had a lot going against her. Not only was she fourteen years old, but she also had trouble walking. She was also heartworm positive and had just two teeth left in her mouth.

The shelter staff knew just what to do in order to give her the best chance at survival: they shared her story and photos on social media. Their hope was that someone would read her story and step in to help save her life. A man named Tommy Bull turned out to be just that person. HE lives in Crowley, Texas and couldn’t believe her story. He said he saw her photos and it looked like she had given up and he knew she had a small chance of being adopted because she had so much going against her. Tommy contacted a group called CAMO Rescue and they helped arrange the adoption. He went to the shelter to get her and she had to be carried out because she had trouble walking. He and his wife bonded with her immediately and gave her a name: Henrietta, or Ettie for short.

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Ettie was like a new dog in their home, thanks to canned food and arthritis and heartworm medications. She is getting along well with her doggie siblings and loves to play in the backyard and go for walks. Best of all, she has a loving home for the holidays!

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