Dog Rescue Stories: Tucker Was Saved From An Uncertain Fate

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By Jarissa Aquinde, Positively Woof Rescue and Adoption Story Editor 

It was our Anniversary and we were heading home. As we were leaving the parking lot, we saw a truck with puppies in it. We already had two beautiful dogs at home; a brindle Chow/Pit Bull mix and a white German Shepherd/Lab mix. Both were ten years old. Unfortunately, our Chow/Pit mix was not doing well, and our vet advised us to help him cross the rainbow bridge soon. We were worried about how our German Shepherd/Lab mix would cope without a companion.

I asked my husband to turn the car around so we could just look at the puppies in the truck. Then, I saw a scared, tiny brindle puppy, huddled in the back of the truck. I knew in my heart that this poor puppy needed us. The owner said that he had been sick and was the runt of the litter, so I knew we had to save him.

We thought he was about three or four months old, but when we took him to the vet to get his shots and a checkup, we found out that he was only 10 weeks old, and that he would be about 90lbs when full grown (he’s now 112lbs). He was afraid of everything — doorways, halls, floors, any noise — we couldn’t even take him on a walk. We took him to dog classes and as we walked in, the teacher said, “Look – it’s a baby Great Dane!”

We named our gentle giant ‘Tucker.’ He is a big, five year old baby and he loves to cuddle and sit on your lap. He’s obsessed with balls and even sleeps with one every night. He got along well with our other dogs, both of whom passed earlier this year. They loved him and he loved them.

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Larry Kay is the award-winning coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, which became a #1 best seller in dog training on Amazon Kindle. He is Leader of the Pack at Positively Woof, which helps shelter dogs get adopted by making videos and raises awareness and funds. Larry is an award-winning dog filmmaker and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and Dog Fancy magazine.