When we saw this, we knew we had to share it with you.
A man named Cody and his wife had lost two babies back-to-back through miscarriages. They were going through a really rough period of time and always felt a void that couldn't be filled.
One day, Cody sees this puppy during his shift on the job at a wood flooring factory. This puppy changed their lives forever.
Here's the first look Cody saw from the puppy. Immediately, he wanted to give the little one a hug, but found that the puppy was very thin -- "flea covered, matted and not in the best physical shape."
Of course, Cody took these pictures in the meantime to send to his wife (asking her permission to take the puppy home). She didn't need much convincing!
Cody had thought he needed to attend to the puppy, but the little one fell asleep on the factory floor.
Cody took him home. He and his wife made sure to properly wash him. That night, they named him Rooster Cogburn after John Wayne's role in True Grit.
Cody then describes his experience at the vet:
When we took him to our veterinarian the whole clinic fell for him instantly. The vet had a hard time identifying his breed because of his size. They landed on Shetland Sheepdog, an age of somewhere between 8 and 12 with a weigh-in of 7.3 lbs.
His impressive list of existing conditions were:
1. Stunted growth from malnutrition.
2. Cataracts and one small pupil from blunt force trauma to the head.
3. Ulcers in his stomach causing vomiting.
4. Four oronasal fistulas in his mouth caused by his teeth rotting out of his head.
5. Completely deaf.
Cody says: After a surgery on the fistulas, a strict medicinal regiment, months of spoiling and a family who loved him as much as two children and then some; Toothless (Nickname added by our Five year old daughter because of her love for How To Train Your Dragon) Rooster Cogburn was a dashing elderly gentleman in the vein of Sir Ian Mckellen and Christopher Plummer.
Below is a photo blog of all the good times the couple spent with Toothless:
Today, June 2, 2014: I watched the greatest friend, most loving pet and the most heroic fighter I've ever met sink into a well deserved final nap while his mother and I held his paws.I never thought I could love a pet as much as I loved him; as much as we loved him. Everyone who met him instantly loved him. His vets, our friends, a theater full of patrons when he performed a walk-on role in a play. He truly was one of a kind.We hope that we gave him enough good memories to wipe out any bad ones that came before.
This story touched me deeply. Has a pet changed your life in this way? If so, how?