It was just a year ago that a puppy was discovered in a storm drain in West Dallas. As the story developed and the Dallas Animal Services got involved to save the puppy, it was learned that the mother and other litter mates had been living under a portable classroom. Dad had been hanging around nearby. The drain puppy was named Stormy. Two of his litter mates, his mom and dad were picked up. Another litter mate was adopted by a neighbor and the last one was killed evidently by other dogs. Stormy and his two litter mates, Sampson and Sadie, were adopted via a citywide raffle a year ago yesterday. Mom (aka Lady) and Dad (aka Scamp) were flown to Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah to adjust to life off the street.
That was a year ago. Now, let’s do an update.
Stormy is living happily in Fort Worth. He and his humans drive around in a golf cart. Within months of joining his human family, he had “mastered all the regular dog stuff like sit, laydown, stay, come, fetch, shake….however with patience and treats Stormy knows who Nonna is and go check on her when asked. His latest accomplishment (we are so proud) he will pickup his toys and put them back in his drawer….like any young boy we have to remind him….just point to a toy and tell him to put it in his drawer and off he goes!!! Last night he put all his toys back in his drawer before we went to bed…WOW Next….go fetch a bottle of water.”
Sampson is known as “Max” and living with a bulldog named “Rocko” and four humans. According to the humans, “Today is the one year anniversary of Max aka Sampson, joining our family and changing our lives forever. We couldn’t be more fulfilled as a family. Max has truly completed our family and I cannot even imagine my life without my Max. I saw Max on the news each day after work and decided I had to have him or any of his siblings. He just had the sweetest face and I knew these puppies were special. I never thought I’d be lucky enough to actually get to take him home…especially after seeing all of the people that showed up with the same hopes. We are forever grateful to DAS for rescuing Max…after and us.”
Dad rehabbed quickly. DAS reports, “He was shy and unsocialized and we didn’t have the resources to help him, but our partners at Best Friends Animal Society did, so off Papa went – and just a few months later he was adopted by Christine and is now living the good life!
Mom is still adjusting. According to DAS, “She was the most unsocialized and for a while we thought we might not be able to help her at all. But we were able to catch her and Best Friends Animal Society took her in as well. She was a tough cookie compared to Papa, but with patience at love, they’ve been able to help her. She is still at Best Friends, but she’s finally coming around. Her caregivers tell us she loves other dogs, likes to go on walks, and played with a toy for the first time yesterday.”
Both Stormy and Max have Facebook pages, if you would like to keep up with them.
* Photos courtesy of Facebook postings