“Broken” Dog Gets Perfect Home – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $500 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2014.

“Broken” German Shorthaired Pointer Gets Perfect Home

By Hoke County Animal Shelter, located in Raeford, North Carolina

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German Shorthaired Pointer - Home 4 the Holidays

Kane, now Zeus, was brought in with a broken body and spirit. He is now a cherished family member thanks to the hard work of Hoke County Animal Shelter.

Kane, now Zeus, was found emaciated and wounded.

Kane, now Zeus, was found emaciated and wounded.

On October 7, Hoke County Animal Shelter received a very sad and broken German Shorthaired Pointer. This dog was severely emaciated and so weak he almost could not eat the food we carefully prepared for him. His hind leg was injured and he walked with a limp. He was so unsteady weak, he stumbled and swaggered when he walked. His ears were eaten up from flies and you could see the fleas diving in and out of his fur. It was obvious that his frail body was broken, and so was his spirit.

Despite his hurts, we instantly fell in love with our new friend and named him Kane. The staff at Hoke County Animal Shelter were unsure if anyone would be able to look beyond what some may see as “flaws” and provide Kane with a forever home full of patience and unconditional love.

Boy, were we wrong! On October 11, we received a call from a very kind man named Phillip. He saw Kane’s photos and read his story on our Facebook page. He began to tell me about the last German Shorthaired Pointer he had rescued many years ago.  We asked him if he would be okay with the fact that Kane had “fly strike” on his ears and was not in the best of health. Phillip said, “Well, if he can deal with my receding hairline and some of my other flaws then I guess we will be alright!” We were tickled by that! We told Phillip everything we knew about Kane from what we had observed of his frail body and gentle demeanor. Phillip jumped in the car right then and made the two-and-a-half hour drive to Raeford.

When the two were introduced we knew that not only had Kane found a home, but he found a family that would love him and care for him the rest of his days. We bathed Kane before his adoption and Phillip, in nice dress clothes, stood right there with us holding Kane in the bath and scrubbing him down! Once Kane was all cleaned up and the adoption paperwork was finalized, Phillip and Kane were on their way. This was the update that we just received from Phillip…

Kane, now Zeus, with his new dad, Phillip!

Kane, now Zeus, with his new dad, Phillip!

Dear Hoke County Animal Shelter,

It has been exactly one week from adopting Kane. Today, he has a new life along with a new name, Zeus. He is a big-framed lad, and with another 40 pounds he will easily grow into his mighty name.

As we were leaving the shelter, I told you guys that we would stop off at the drive-thru to get him some chicken nuggets. We did, but it showed me just what type of sad life he must have had. As we neared the fast food shops on the main street, in my mirror, I could see Zeus in the back; his nose went straight up in the air, smelling all the delicious smells. After going through the drive-thru, we parked and I broke the nuggets in half and cooled them in the air vents. I offered one in my hand… he looked away and then curled up in a ball as if to say, “My life sucks…”

I was confused, how can a dog refuse a chicken nugget?! I placed the nugget by his nose… he did not move a muscle and all the time glancing nervously at me and then avoiding eye contact. I then looked the other way, and after what sounded like a vacuum, the nugget disappeared. I then placed another and looked the other way, then petted him after each nugget. Finally he stood up as if to say, “Oh, I get it, I am allowed to eat this wonderful food!” and he then started eating from my hand. It was probably a life-altering moment for him, and rewarding to know that, maybe the first time, he was able to be spoiled a little.

It was rewarding to know that, maybe the first time, Zeus was able to be spoiled a little.

Despite how previous people may have treated him, he greets everyone with love and appreciates everything that you do for him with a wag, and even a “thank you” whimper. He is such a wonderfully kind boy and I feel it so rewarding being able to help this kind, loving and very appreciative dog. My wife and kids hug and pet him a thousand times a day, and he has brought so much to us.

A big thank you to all at the shelter, for such a wonderfully deserving new family member. Also thank you to all of you who have posted kind wishes to us, it is really heartening to know that there are so many caring people in the world. We can never stop the evils of the world, but hopefully we can outnumber them with compassion and love… and if Zeus could type this message, that is exactly what he would tell us!

Every week during the 2013 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2013 – Jan. 2, 2014), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by snail mail, fax or email, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2014, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $500 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2014. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.

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