Before being rescued, this dog wandered alone through the streets of Los Angeles, the United States, apparently, he had been living this way for almost his entire life.
At that time, the puppy was around 11 years old, and due to his age he got too sick and just wanted to find some help.
One day, the older dog decided to take a nap on the porch of a woman’s house, but he decided to stay in this place until he found the necessary help.
The woman noticed that the puppy was sick and very scared, so she decided to come closer to see what was wrong with it.
After several days, the dog, named Solovino by the woman, was still on the porch, so she decided to do something to help him.
The woman contacted the Rocket Dog Rescue animal shelter, who agreed to care for Solovino and took him to their headquarters in San Francisco.
The rescue center specializes in helping homeless animals, but the dog was first placed in a foster home to get used to his new surroundings.
Unfortunately, Solovino was adopted several times, but for some reason all those times he was returned to the shelter, without giving many explanations.
No one could understand why the sweet pup couldn’t find a proper home, until Carol Messina showed up to change his life.
As fate would have it, Carol saw Solovino’s photo on the internet and immediately knew that he was the right dog for her and decided to adopt him.
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Carol told The Dodo:
«As soon as I saw his face on the site, I wanted to love him. Then I saw that his name was Solovino, and being a huge Star Wars fan, I immediately thought, ‘Well, his name is Solo! I knew it was fate.
Then when I met him and saw how sad he was, I knew that he would stay with me forever, no matter what.»
When he met Solo for the first time, he was very sad, shy and had little trust in people, but he knew that with her he would be safe.
Solovino arrived at his new home and although he should be happy, he was terrified, apparently living on the streets for so long had affected him.
Also, he was very wary of people and unreliable, like he thought Carol was going to give him back like the other adopters did.
«When he came to live with me, he kept his tail between his paws for months. He was not very sociable with dogs, people and cats, he flinched every time someone tried to pet him ».
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Soon, Carol would make a discovery that would change Solo’s situation, since he was almost completely deaf and his teeth bothered him a lot. Even the shelter volunteers hadn’t noticed this either, which somewhat explained the reasons for his strange attitude.
Perhaps, not being able to hear people when they approached was the reason why he maintained so much anxiety or remained very nervous. In addition, his teeth were causing her a lot of pain and it was very difficult for her to be happy with any activity or show his true attitude.
So his new mom decided to take him to the vet to get his teeth fixed, and once they did, Solo was totally changed.
The dog began to play and run everywhere in the house, and even began to meet new dogs to form beautiful friendships.
To help with his hearing problem, Carol bought him a harness that says deaf, so people know and ask before petting him.
Also, he always turns the lights on and off in the house, so Solo knows she’s coming and doesn’t get scared by her presence.
Solovino has completely changed, in a short time he became a happy, outgoing dog and enjoys his life to the fullest.
«People who live around us always comment that he doesn’t even look like the same dog anymore. He didn’t open his mouth even to gasp for months, and now he smiles, twirls and runs outside a dozen times a day.»
Despite his health problems, Solovino’s life changed completely and he is now very happy to live his golden years next to his new mother.
After living on the streets for so many years, the best thing that could have happened to Solovino was to have found a forever home.