By Karen Parker, Rutherford County Chapter Manager
Rhett was a sad, sick, mangy broken souled dog when he was picked up by Animal Control. Given his skin condition and anxiety, he wouldn’t have lasted long in the under-resourced county shelter before being euthanized. As any animal would in his situation, he had given up hope and wondered what he had done to deserve feeling so awful. He was just a good boy who wanted to be loved, and he was very scared.
The Rutherford Chapter of Brother Wolf routinely pulls animals like Rhett from the county shelter who are at risk of being euthanized for treatable conditions and nurses them back to health. Safe in Brother Wolf’s care, he got even more good news: he was going to a foster home!
Rhett was overwhelmed by everything on the first day in his new foster home. The sound of the coffee pot, the television turning on, a soda can opening. Everything was new and a little scary because Rhett had likely never lived in a house.
With a lot of love and patience, Rhett started to trust his environment and foster family. Slowly but surely, his confidence grew and he began to truly heal on the inside as well as out.
It turns out that under his anxiety, Rhett was a loving, cuddly, even-tempered pup! His foster brother showed him how to play and how to cuddle on the couch. They went for walks together and Rhett began to understand that not all loud noises are scary. He loved going for rides in the car and lounging in the warm sun. He was starting to feel like a healthy, happy dog. He was getting all he wanted — love, love, and more love.
Then finally, Rhett got the news he had been waiting for! He was going to his forever home! He was getting two new dog friends, a big back yard to run and play in, and a comfy couch for cuddling. Rhett felt like the luckiest dog in the world.
Just a few months before, he was on the verge of death through no fault of his own. With Brother Wolf’s help, he got the chance to heal and show everyone he met what a sweet, loving, cuddly, good boy he was.
His new family adores him and feels like they won the doggy lottery. Despite the sad life he led before being rescued by Brother Wolf, he has never growled or tried to hurt anyone — he is simply a loving dog who will get to live a long, healthy, happy life.
Brother Wolf chapters depend on the support of their communities for the resources they need to continue to rescue animals like Rhett. Click here to learn more about the life-saving progress the Rutherford chapter is making in its community and to get involved by volunteering, fostering, or donating.