Sanford “broken dog” bot nowadays he can’t stop smiling.Karen Velazquez, Sanford’s temporary mom, says : he is the happiest dog she has ever met.
“I am presently on my 52nd foster, and I can genuinely say that I’ve never had anyone as jovial as him,” told Velazquez. “He looks at me in a way that no other animal or human has ever looked at me, including my own pets. Essentially, the only time he is not smiling is when he is asleep or eating.”
The dog was hit by a car and was rescued in April by animal control, the hit from the car left him unable to walk, and they found a bullet wound in his right hind leg.Animal control officers took him to a small municipal shelter in Dallas, Texas where he stayed for a week, at that time Sanford didn’t get any medical care because the shelter was short on resources.
“He was physically broken … and when the volunteer went to see him, he didn’t really make any effort to come and say hello,” Kerry Anechiarico, executive director of Dallas DogRRR, told The Dodo. “It’s almost like he had given up, and he was just waiting for his time to come.”
Biggest change happened when sanford first went into foster care with Velazquez.
“He came to my home on May 1, just a few days after he was released from the hospital,” Velazquez said. “He has been all smiles ever since. I think the minute he came to my home, he realized he was in a safe place.”
“He’s pretty much a normal dog for a senior of 10 years,” Anechiarico said. “He’s like the older gentleman that you see in a nursing home. He may be 95 years old, but he acts like he’s in his 50s.”
“He’ll be a great family dog,” Anechiarico said. “He’ll get along with other dogs and all humans. He even does well with kids.”
“He’s the perfect companion dog that you can come home to,” Anechiarico added. “He’ll wag his tail and greet you, and he’ll just keep you company for the rest of the day. He’s just a happy-go-lucky dog now.”