Dogs are loyal, lovable and stick by us whenever we need them. It’s hard to imagine what happens to them if they outlive us. That’s what happened with one senior greyhound named Dory. Nine-year-old Dory, a retired racing greyhound, stood by her person’s lifeless body in their home in Houston, Texas. No one knows what she was thinking after her owner died. Days became weeks. Weeks turned into a month before anyone found her and her deceased owner. When she was taken to the Harris County Animal Shelter, she was obviously disoriented and scared after her ordeal.
For several days she was held in case family members stepped up to take her. Sadly, no one came forward. How sad to be abandoned by your family. After her holding period was up, Dory was taken in by the Houston chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA Houston). While waiting for a new forever home, Dory was placed in a foster home.
Greyhound hanging with new foster family.
“When we picked her up … she was understandably a little stressed,” Arden Tucker, president of GPA Houston, told The Dodo. But remarkably, Dory was pretty healthy, even if she was a little thin.
Thankfully Dory is learning to relax in her new home. And she gets to be around other greyhounds.
“The first couple of days were a bit stressful, but she has now settled in and is blossoming,” Tucker said. “Like all greyhounds, she loves to sleep and can’t get enough of relaxing on the sofa or on the deck in the sun.”
While she recovers from her ordeal – gaining back the weight she lost – her foster family is looking out for a new home. They’re not sure if she’d be good in a house with cats, but being around other greyhounds is top priority. Dory loves to socialize with her own species.
“It’s amazing how much TLC and some good food can change a dog’s life!” Tucker added. “I really believe she knows that she is safe again after her traumatic experiences of the past few weeks.”
Dory proves that no matter what situation you come from, there’s a silver lining in the clouds. She may have lost her owner, but she’s finding peace of mind. You can help dogs like Dory by donating to GPA Houston. Bringing a smile to a dogs face is the best feeling in the world.
Featured Image by Harris County Animal Shelter