In November 2017, Shey, a 14-year-old poodle dog, was abandoned in the Animal Rescue League of Iowa for the saddest of reasons: her family was moving and did not want to take her with her.
For the next four months, Shey waited and waited at the shelter for someone to adopt her. He suffered from dental disease and had never been sterilized. The rescue center therefore scheduled its operation and its veterinary care. Only one of his teeth was not completely rotten.
He was deaf, half-blind, and almost toothless, there was no queue of adopters at the door to meet him. Until the day a little boy named Tristan arrived at the shelter, and none of that mattered to him.
A boy adopts the oldest dog in the shelter
Tristan and his mother were looking for a little dog who cared for cuddles, and the shelter staff knew Shey would be the perfect dog.
Jessica Jorgenson of the Animal Rescue League told The Dodo:
“Shey is super sweet and wants to be around people all the time.”
The boy sat up with excitement, ready to meet her new friend. When the staff placed Shey on Tristan’s lap, the boy’s gaze was filled with pure joy.
“Shey was very comfortable with Tristan from the start.”
As the adoption staff explained some of Shey’s special needs to the family, Tristan listened to every word, obviously ready. to do all he could for the nice little dog snuggling on his lap.
“He understood that Shey couldn’t understand what was going on and couldn’t see things clearly, so he was very slow in his actions. He was very respectful of what Shey could and could not support ”.
As she browsed through Shey’s medical records, Tristan consulted a calendar on her phone and began to note when she should take her to the vet for future vaccinations. He told the staff about the special place in his room that he had also arranged for him.
“He was so attentive to Shey’s special needs. Tristan is very mature for his age and has asked many questions. »
So it was obvious that Tristan would take Shey home. Now comfortable installed with his familyit is clear that Shey has already found a new favorite place to be: in Tristan’s arms.
Although Shey’s wait for a family lasted for months after he was abandoned, Tristan does his best to make up for lost time.
“She is OK. Hugging is his favorite thing in the world, and the best ones are the ones with Tristan. »