Nine-year-old Dory, a retired racing greyhound, stood by her owner’s lifeless body for weeks before being rescued from their home in Houston, Texas.
An entire month passed before anyone realized her owner had died and Dory was found. She was taken to the Harris County Animal Shelter, and was obviously disoriented and scared after her ordeal.
“This dog has been home with her deceased owner for a month,” the Harris County Animal Shelter Pets In Need Facebook page announced on November 19, posting a video of Dory when she was first admitted. “Owner’s body was just found today so pup was brought to shelter.”
Once her hold period lapsed, Dory was taken in by the Houston chapter of Greyhound Pets of America (GPA Houston) and placed in a foster home, while she waits for a new family.
“When we picked her up … she was understandably a little stressed,” Arden Tucker, president of GPA Houston said. But remarkably, Dory was pretty healthy, despite being a little thin.
Dory is finally learning how to relax at her foster home, while being around a family as well as other dogs.
“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.”
Dory is gaining back the weight she lost, and her rescuers are searching for a new home that would be ideal for her.
It is unknown whether or not she would be amenable to sharing her home with cats. Being around other greyhounds seems to be a priority for Dory. She loves socializing with her own kind.
“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.”
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