In November of last year, the Animal Rescue League of Iowa had a dog dropped off at its shelter for an unfortunate reason: The 14-year-old’s family were moving and no longer wanted him. The poor abandoned poodle’s name was Shey. Shey was deaf and half blind, and just one of his teeth were salvageable; the rest too rotted to save. Despite his advanced age, Shey was never neutered. The vet staff scheduled him for the procedure.
Despite all the love and care shelter staff and volunteers provided him, no one was exactly rushing to adopt the senior poodle. All this changed when a young boy named Tristan and his mother arrived at the shelter last week.
Their request was simple: They wanted a dog who loved cuddles. The staff knew Shey would be the perfect match for mother and son.
“Shey is super sweet and wants to be near people all the time,” Jessica Jorgenson, digital content coordinator for the rescue, told The Dodo.
Tristan couldn’t contain his excitement; he sat down, and as Shey was placed in his lap, a look of pure joy settled on the boy’s face. “Shey was very comfortable with Tristan from the beginning,” Jorgenson said.
Tristan is a very perceptive young man. As the adoption staff went over some of Shey’s special needs, he hung on to every word. He was clearly willing to do anything for his new four-legged buddy.
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None of Shey’s defects mattered to Tristan. He loved Shey for himself. “He understood that Shey couldn’t hear what was going on and might not be able to see things clearly, so he was very slow with his actions,” Jorgenson said. “He was just very respectful of what Shey could and couldn’t handle.”
When the staff reviewed Shey’s medical history, Tristan took out his phone and opened up his calendar and noted when Shey would need to see the vet for future vaccinations. The boy even told shelter staff he had a place set aside in his room for Shey.
“He was so mindful of Shey’s special needs,” Jorgenson added. “Tristan is very mature for his age and asked a ton of questions.”
With Tristan so in tune with Shey’s needs, it was a no-brainer to allow the senior poodle to live the rest of his life with the kind young man. It’s clear Shey’s contented and happy in his new home. He’s right where he needs to be – in Tristan’s arms.
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“Shey is very content,” Jorgenson said. “Cuddling is his favorite thing in the world, and he snuggled right in with Tristan.”