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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 08:42 PM

'Broken' Dog Can't Stop Smiling When He Realizes He's Being Rescued

“Essentially, the only time he is not smiling is when he is asleep or eating" 💕😍

BY ELIZABETH CLAIRE ALBERTS

Sanford was once described as a “broken dog" — but these days, he can’t stop smiling.

Karen Velazquez, Sanford’s foster mom, says he’s the happiest dog she’s ever met.

“I am presently on my 52nd foster, and I can genuinely say that I’ve never had anyone as jovial as him,” Velazquez told The Dodo. “He looks at me in a way that no other animal or human has ever looked at me, including my own pets. Essentially, the only time he is not smiling is when he is asleep or eating.”



But before Velazquez took him in, Sanford needed all the help he can get. He was rescued in April by animal control after being hit by a car, which left him unable to walk. Rescuers also found a bullet wound in his right hind leg.

When the animal control officers found him, they took him to a small municipal shelter in Dallas, Texas, where he stayed for a week. The shelter was short on resources, so Sanford didn’t get any medical care during that time.



When a volunteer for Dallas DogRRR, a local dog rescue group, first saw Sanford at the shelter, she knew she had to help him.

“He was physically broken … and when the volunteer went to see him, he didn’t really make any effort to come and say hello,” Kerry Anechiarico, executive director of Dallas DogRRR, told The Dodo. “It’s almost like he had given up, and he was just waiting for his time to come.”



But the biggest change happened when Sanford first went into foster care with Velazquez.

“He came to my home on May 1, just a few days after he was released from the hospital,” Velazquez said. “He has been all smiles ever since. I think the minute he came to my home, he realized he was in a safe place.”



Sanford — ‘Sanfee’ to Velazquez — now spends his days eating home-cooked meals, going for daily walks and playing with Velazquez and her other dogs.

At 10 years old, Sanford is considered a senior — but he doesn’t act his age.



“He’s pretty much a normal dog for a senior of 10 years,” Anechiarico said. “He’s like the older gentleman that you see in a nursing home. He may be 95 years old, but he acts like he’s in his 50s.”



While Sanford is very happy in his foster home, everyone wants to see him find a forever home.

“He’ll be a great family dog,” Anechiarico said. “He’ll get along with other dogs and all humans. He even does well with kids.”



“He’s the perfect companion dog that you can come home to,” Anechiarico added. “He’ll wag his tail and greet you, and he’ll just keep you company for the rest of the day. He’s just a happy-go-lucky dog now.”

https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/shelter-dog-smiles-after-rescue

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Reply 'Broken' Dog Can't Stop Smiling When He Realizes He's Being Rescued (Original post)
catbyte Oct 6 OP
madaboutharry Oct 6 #1
MuseRider Oct 6 #2
dhill926 Oct 6 #3
Scalded Nun Oct 6 #4
samplegirl Oct 6 #5
wendyb-NC Oct 6 #6
Evolve Dammit Oct 6 #7
smirkymonkey Oct 6 #8
SCVDem Oct 6 #9
catbyte Oct 7 #22
StarryNite Oct 6 #10
Duppers Oct 6 #11
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 6 #12
catbyte Oct 7 #23
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 7 #25
FakeNoose Oct 7 #24
KY_EnviroGuy Oct 7 #26
True Dough Oct 6 #13
Demovictory9 Oct 6 #14
Karadeniz Oct 6 #15
raising2moredems Oct 6 #16
PatrickforO Oct 6 #17
JDC Oct 6 #18
Still In Wisconsin Oct 6 #19
N_E_1 for Tennis Oct 7 #20
lambchopp59 Oct 7 #21
FakeNoose Oct 7 #27
cilla4progress Oct 7 #28
The Liberal Lion Oct 7 #29
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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 08:48 PM

1. So happy for him!

What a beautiful boy.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:08 PM

2. Beautiful story

but that face! He is so cute! Arghhhh, it just hits me in the heart.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:17 PM

3. Fantastic!

Thanks for this...needed it today. Too much exposure to asshole humans...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:21 PM

4. Just....wonderful!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:34 PM

5. What a great story'

Animals are the greatest! My cat is 18 on Halloween and there is something to be learned daily from a senior CNN pet!
Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story!
I needed it!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:41 PM

6. Oh what a sweet face.

A new lease on life, with the foster Mom, Karen. She worked a miracle. He's a beautiful dog.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:42 PM

7. Sanford is great and so are you! 52. Wow.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:48 PM

8. Awww! So happy for Sanford! What a transformation! He looks so happy now!

What a sweet looking doggie!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:48 PM

9. That's how my Shi Tzu

looks at me.

His lady died of brain cancer and I was renting a room for four years. She was 70

I didn't get the house but I got my first dog. Pickin' up poop and all.

We have a new room/place and he smiles like yours.

I must be doing something right.

BTW, he's a bed hog!



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Response to SCVDem (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:03 AM

22. Awwwwwww, that's wonderful.

I recently took in a cat who was bound for the Humane Society when her elderly human had to enter assisted living. She's a delight and is fitting right in with my two spoiled rescues. They're the best.



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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 09:59 PM

10. Happy tears for this beautiful boy!

He sooo deserves a loving forever home.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:05 PM

11. This story is truly touching.

All dogs deserve saving.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:14 PM

12. America has tens of thousands of homeless people that could parallel that story.

They just want a place they can call home......

Thanks for the uplifting story, Catbyte and what a sweet animal. Really needed one today with wife in hospital.....

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:05 AM

23. I'm so sorry to hear that, KY_EnviroGuy. I wish her a speedy recovery.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #23)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:14 AM

25. Thank you, Catbyte. It's been a very stressful time.

We're hoping she'll be released to be transferred to an in-patient rehab facility very soon, and much closer to home.

Your animal videos are one of the little serene things that help keep me sane through this and our disaster called tRump.

I really appreciate your well-wishes.......

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:12 AM

24. Hoping everything is OK, and speedy recovery to your wife





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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:17 AM

26. Thank you. I'll show that to her....

and to my granddaughter the artist!.......

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:18 PM

13. Love this!

LOVE IT!!!!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:21 PM

14. happy dog

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:33 PM

15. Shot...I have a rescue (for 16 years) who has pellets in her skin...I hate that someone did that

To her...she's the sweetest!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:44 PM

16. So good to read positive news..

Have a stray cat residing in my garage with her (suspected) litter mates being fed for now. My hope is this and all countries realize that those who mistreat animals "graduate" to mistreating vulnerable humans. Big thanks to Karen.. she is far more Christian than those the hypo-christians who blare their "faith" at every turn.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:45 PM

17. We're awful to animals. I'm happy for Sanford, and

thankful my own cats have a happy home.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sun Oct 6, 2019, 10:48 PM

18. dog smiles are the best!

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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 11:39 PM

19. Aww who's a good boy?

What a beautiful dog!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:04 AM

20. Compassion, Empathy, Love...

The best medicine.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 09:32 AM

21. Cachorro feliz

I'm nearly drawn to tears of joy looking at those pics. I've also adopted senior dogs who no one else would take, a few mangy, hairless ones that drew disparaging remarks of "God what's that" from friends, then later on were shocked what good loving care can transform an animal.
Rewards the likes of Donald Trump can never fathom.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:26 AM

27. I love this awesome story

Thanks for sharing this. Rescuing pets - especially dogs - is such a rewarding experience.
I recommend it to everyone!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:59 AM

28. Like my Jagger -

He was on his second listing on Craigslist, living on a chain in a remote rural area. That last pic is exactly what they posted on Craigslist, so, he was loved, but neglected and unwanted - they couldn't keep him.

He's the light of our lives, always smiling, and so loyal!!!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 01:00 PM

29. This brought a smile to my face

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Mon Oct 7, 2019, 02:13 PM

30. K&R for the pupper. nt

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