Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Special Teddy Finds His New Forever Home


Soooo precious! What a tail wagger! Two year old Teddy is a lovable, affectionate, cuddly, Maltese/Papillon mix. Teddy was confiscated from the home of an animal hoarder and was brought to the Orange County Animal Care Center (a high-kill shelter in Orange, CA). Teddy was born with misshapen front legs. He also was very neglected, covered in mats from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.

When Teddy was brought to the shelter, he was very scared and shy. He wasn't used to getting human attention. The shelter wasn't even sure if he was going to be able to be adopted. Ariel Rescue saw that Teddy needed help! Teddy was adopted out of the shelter by one of Ariel Rescue's volunteers. Then he was taken to the vet for an exam. The vet said that Teddy had very strong back legs and a strong back -- very good news for Teddy! However the vet found that Teddy did have a hernia that needed to be surgically repaired. Teddy did get the surgery that he needed. He was fostered in an Ariel Rescue volunteer's home, where he recovered from his surgery. He was given very nutritious food to eat and lots of loving attention.

We don't think that Teddy had ever been groomed before. He was given his very first "beauty bath". He was then introduced to a doggie blow-drier. Teddy did very well being blow-dried after his bath. All his mats were then clipped away and he was given his first hair-cut. He learned to liked being brushed and fussed over. He now looks like a completely different dog than the one who was so neglected.

Teddy has turned out to be a very playful, fun-loving dog. He is able to get around quite well by hopping on his back legs and scooting on his chest. While he was being fostered, he would play with his doggie toys, throwing them up in the air and then chasing them. He could even climb up onto his foster mom's lap! He also had fun playing with the other Ariel Rescue dog that was also being fostered.

Teddy has now found his new forever home with a wonderful woman who has two other dogs. Teddy spends his days playing with his new doggie friends and his new mom. Teddy never again has to be the lonely, scared, sad dog passed over at the shelter. Now he is the pampered, well-loved dog that he deserves to be. Ask Ariel donates a portion of the profits from client purchases to Ariel Rescue, a non-profit charity dedicated to saving the lives of shelter dogs.