Anytime a new dog is brought into an animal shelter; it is not a good thing. These poor animals just want to be in a nice, warm and loving, home. Julep was not so lucky.
Julep’s owner, who loved her so much, recently passed away and his family was unable to care for the 18-year-old, white-faced dog.
Alex John Tolley, a spokesperson for Washington D.C.’s Humane Rescue Alliance, Julep is one of the oldest, “if not the oldest” dog to ever come through. “She has lived a long and happy life.”
The shelter began to look for a new home for Julep, saying that she “doesn’t need much, just a couch to sleep on and a human to love.”
When Wayne Lerch heard about Julep, he went to the shelter. He recently lost his beloved dog, Jasmine. She had suddenly just passed away and was heartbroken.
He was moved by Julep’s story so much that the very day after spotting her online, he showed up at the adoption center, even before they opened.
Lerch drove to the shelter on his motorcycle, in an attempt to not feel pressured to adopt Julep on the spot. But as soon as the doors opened, and Julep and Lerch met, he said, “I knew right away.”
Lerch went right home to get his car, and he and Julep left the shelter together.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We see a lot of happy endings and try not to get too emotional. But the combination of her age and Wayne’s obvious adoration for his new ‘old lady’ left us in tears,” said Tolley.
Lerch said that adopting her has been great for the both of them. She is helping him heal from Jasmine’s passing. He knows that she may not be around for a long time even though she is healthy. He just wants to make that time that she does have wonderful.
Lerch renamed Julep, Tootie, after his grandmother.
“I couldn’t let her spend one more night in the shelter. She’s saving me as much as I’m helping her,” said Lerch.
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