Sometimes we get it wrong. A placement we felt was the perfect match turns out not to be that perfect after all and that's what happened to Ringo.
In March 2018, we found Mama Andrea and her sweet tiny pups living in a junk yard hidden tucked inside a trailer park in south Dallas. A resident guardian angel contacted us about a pitiful dog that had been left behind several years prior when her family moved away, and she was producing litter after litter of puppies that would often - just disappear.
But this time would be different. We were determined to help the newest litter of pups and “Mama Andrea”, too, in effort to stop the cycle of unwanted puppies. And because we had a veterinarian (named Andrea) who offered to board the poor mama dog for a bit we had an immediate place for her to go once rescued. The poor dog had grown untrusting of people over time, as one would expect, but with some coaxing she was caught, placed in a caring foster home, treated for heartworm, spayed, and eventually adopted to an amazing lady! Slam dunk!
The pups were found under a rotted-out car laying tall weeds, dirt and mud. One even had his head stuck in the wheel rim of the old car. They were spread around and not old enough to even walk with eyes barely open. All the pups were rescued.
They went to wonderful foster home and named after the 80’s band-Duran Duran and became the Duran Litter. Ringo was initially named Roger, before his adopter renamed him. Because he was used to "Ringo" and it fit him we kept it.
Ringo’s original adoptive home had small children and another dog. An older dog that apparently picked on him constantly without intervention over the near two years the family had him. When we were finally aware of the situation Ringo was returned to us covered in puncture wounds. There is more to this story, but we will spare you the details. How does the saying go…all that glitters is not gold? What we thought was the perfect home was not. So, we started from scratch with an adult dog who over time had developed some fear of other dogs and even men.
But, as always, our volunteers were up for the challenge. We knew Ringo had enormous potential as all his litter mates have grown up to be amazing dogs. With lots of love and an amazing foster home Ringo was nursed back to the kind of dog we expected him to grow up to be. Ringo has been back with DSDA for six months. He has been on so many adventures in different homes, with different types of people, to restaurants, parks, dog parks, department stores, daycare, more places than most any loved dog will go in a lifetime. He is even a big fan of the Puppuccino! Yes, maybe a tad spoiled no but very deserving! He is a GREAT dog and he is ready for a forever home who will treat him like the amazing dog he is.
Ringo has his own Facebook page called “Ringo’s BIG Adventures” where we chronicle all his fun trips around town with the volunteers. Please check him out and follow him. Ringo is a busy boy as he is a cattle dog/shepherd mix. So, he needs an active owner who will commit to continuing his outings, adventures, and long walks. Because Ringo is 2 years old now, he is well trained and not destructive. No puppy antics. He would be happiest in a home as an only dog and he prefers women over men but is fine with men, just aloof. A young couple would be ideal for him or a woman only home.
Would you like to meet Ringo? Please visit us our website and complete the no-obligation adoption application and we will be happy to coordinate a personal meeting with our Super Star.