Figgy, an 18-year-old poodle, began having some accidents in his home. When his owners decided they couldn’t handle it anymore, the took him to the vet clinic and demanded he be put down. They told the staff that he was stupid, and that was why they were leaving him behind. The staff at the clinic took one look at the senior dog and fell in love! They decided right then that there was no way they were going to put him down.
When tests were run by the vet, it was determined that while Figgy was blind, arthritic and had a mouth full of rotten teeth, he was still relatively healthy for an 18-year-old dog. There was absolutely no need to end his life. Instead, they contacted Muttville Senior Dog Rescue to see if it had room for one more golden oldie. The rescue agreed, and Figgy was brought to San Francisco to be transferred into their care.
Because Figgy was blind, and had been through so much, Sherri Franklin, the founder of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, took him home with her instead for a calm, quiet transition.
“He was a total love bug and slept with me curled up in my armpit. I just loved him,” Franklin said.
Figgy went from being unwanted to being a member of a loving rescue family within a matter of days. And only four days, someone reached out about wanting to give Figgy his forever home.
A woman named Eileen, who has adopted many hospice dogs from Muttville in the past, immediately spotted Figgy’s profile and knew she had to be the one to take him in.
“There’s something about him that called to me,” Eileen said. “He’ll be our fifth hospice angel.”
Franklin knew immediately that Eileen would be a perfect match for Figgy. Figgy is now loving life with his new family, including Miss Abbie, another Muttville alum. Their mom loves them both so much even if she doesn’t get to have them for very long.
“I just couldn’t help but think that these precious angels had given their love and loyalty to someone their entire lives, and certainly didn’t deserve to die alone in a shelter,” Eileen said. “They deserved love, comfort, and security for whatever time they happened to have left, and I knew that I could provide that.”
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