Recently, a San Antonio dog owner agreed to let their groups of dogs owned go to a rescue group.
These several dogs were being kept outdoors on chains.
Holly Dean was the rescue volunteer living closest to the dogs, so she headed out to help.
“I was really surprised when I first arrived. The dogs were out all day and night. There was a circle of dirt — you could tell that’s where they walked,” she said.
As she was assessing the situation, a white dog caught her eye.
“He was missing a lot of fur, and his skin was red and inflamed. Then I learned he was deaf,” Holly said.
“I walked over to pet him and he was still such a happy guy, despite the conditions.”
She decided to call him Blanco. Holly helped the volunteers load Blanco and the other dogs into their cars and left.
Because Blanco was suspected of having mange, some types of which are extremely contagious to humans and other animals, the first stop was to a vet.
Indeed, he did have mange. Not only that, but the addition of fleas had caused poor Blanco to chew at his skin so much that it was infected as well.
OHolly continued to be impressed with Blanco’s resiliency. From the moment she met him, the 1-year-old, 50-pound dog kept wagging his tail.
His skin finally healed, he was vaccinated and neutered. He blossomed under the good food and care, and began to reach his full potential and was a beautiful, happy, healthy dog.
Holly said he’s a really funny guy, too!
“Since he’s deaf, I think he is trying to hear me. It’s how he communicates. It’s like he’s trying to listen to me, but he’s thinking, ‘I can’t hear you!’”
She fell so in love with Blanco, in spite of having eight other rescues already that decided to foster him.
Her other pups started teaching Blanco the ropes in adapting to being in a loving, safe environment instead of facing the elements tied on a chain.
He was an eager student.
The hardest part is saying goodbye once it’s time for them to find their forever home.
In Blanco’s case, that home came quickly once his information was posted as being available for adoption.
Sarah St. John of Austin said it was love at first sight.
Once the rescue approved her application, St. John went and picked up Blanco.
Blanco has been amazing so far, according to St. John. He plays with the neighbors dogs, as well as her cat.
Blanco already knows the sign language commands for “sit” and “down” and he’s learning more every day.
Blessings to the wonderful people who fought to get Blanco and his companions released, and then hustled them to better lives.
To apply for a dog, foster or donate to Lucky Lab Rescue, visit the organization’s website.
Source: The Dodo