After a sanctuary in Tennesse gave this old captain a second chance, his story got even more interesting.
Four years ago, Captain Ron was taken in as a stray from a shelter after he was found wandering by himself in pretty bad shape. He was later moved to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary because of his old age and poor health; he needed more care than the shelter could provide.
That is only the beginning of this old boy’s story, though, as he was about to get famous.
When he arrived at the shelter, he was pretty salty and standoffish at first. But then, with his rugged good looks, the shelter posted some photos online, and he quickly became an internet sensation. He even ran for Vice President during the 2016 doggy elections.
“Captain Ron had the perfect name for his personality,” said Zina, one of the founders of the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary. “He was a salty ‘ol dog who let everyone know what he wanted and where he was going. We joked that he was like a freight train. When he was on the move, he blasted his bark as he went through the house.”
Then Zina talked about how the other dogs and humans at the sanctuary took to his saltiness.
“He was also a big teddy bear,” she said. “He loved to be around his people and slept right at the side of the human bed on his bed every night. He was a grouch but we could all see beyond that to his inner sweetness.”
Then, the best thing happened! Captain Ron’s old owners, the ones who lost him, saw those very photographs on Facebook and emailed the sanctuary.
Turns out that, Captain Ron was a Great Pyrenees/Rottweiler cross. He grew up on a farm with lots of cows and sheep and goats. He went missing, and his owners were sure that he had met an unfortunate end.
“He went missing about 2 years ago,” the original owner wrote to the sanctuary. “I really thought he was dead. Every day I was hoping that I would hear about him returning. I am so happy that he is being taken care of so well.”
The best part about finding his old owner was that now everyone could see what the salty ol’ Captain Ron looked like when he was a puppy.
Captain Ron’s old name used to be Oscar. His old owner told BuzzFeed News that they worked all day and didn’t want to take him away from a place where he could receive the love and care that he needed in his old age.
They added that the old guy lost his eye due to a fungal disease called blastomycosis. On top of that, his favorite song was “Scarborough Fair” by Simon and Garfunkle.
Sadly, just a few days ago, Old Friends posted on Facebook to let the world know that Captain Ron had passed away. The old boy just ran out of steam and lost his mobility and crossed over the rainbow bridge.
Then the most beautiful thing in the world happened: all his fans showed their love and support by making a Facebook album full of Captin Ron’s photos go viral. Check them out below and share this wonderful old boy’s story with all your friends.
Rest in peace, Captain Ron.
Our first shot of Captain Ron in August 2014