The 14-year-old black Lab mix with a gray face sat in a kennel at Dallas Animal Services with a confused look on her face.
Her kennel card revealed some of her sad past.
It said her former owner dropped her off at the shelter right after Thanksgiving and requested she be euthanized.
The poor pooch was incredibly thin and had trouble walking. She only had two teeth and was heartworm positive.
Rescuers and animal lovers heard about the dog and started posting about her on social media.
And when Tommy Bull from Crowley, Texas, read about the dog, he was stunned.
“I looked at her eyes and she looked like she had given up,” Bull told The Dodo. “She was a black dog, a senior, and heartworm positive; she had little chance of getting saved. The holidays are one of the worst times of the year for dogs, a lot of people turn them in to shelters.”
Bull contacted CAMO Rescue, which made arrangements for him to pick the dog up from the shelter. “The workers carried her out to me because she was a little wobbly,” he said. “I grabbed her and I hugged her closely. I wanted her to know she was safe. I fell in love with her instantly.”
He lifted her out to his car and drove home, where Bull’s wife bonded with her right away. They named her Ettie, short for Henrietta. “We gave her a lot of attention and introduced her to our other rescue dogs, she had no problem,” Bull said.
The senior girl blossomed in the Bulls’ home. They fed her nutritious canned food that was easy for her to eat, and she gained weight. Ettie also started arthritis medication and treatment for her heartworms.