Rudy’s story started out tough, but thanks to the Aab family, he lived the last years of his life in a loving home and he loved his family in return. Here is their story …
Last Hope Animal Rescue –
I am writing to you to let you know about our experience with Last Hope Animal Rescue. Back in September of 2008, my fiancée at the time and I started to look for a companion for us and for our senior Mastiff, Zeus. A friend of ours was a foster for Last Hope at the time and directed us to a Mastiff mix named Rudy that had been with the organization for 10 months. We called the foster and the next day loaded up our Mastiff and drove down south of Iowa City to meet with Rudy and his foster family. The day after our visit we had our home evaluation and Rudy moved in that morning. The following pictures were taken the day that he came to live with us.
He instantly became my dog and followed me everywhere. We joked about him being my shadow as he really didn’t allow me more than a 10 foot separation before he had to follow me where I went.
Rudy was listed as senior dog with an estimated age of 5-8 years old. Rudy had been in situation where there were 20 dogs outside and in a home that was basically abandoned. We were told that the “owners” would open a can of food but leave the food in the can and just throw the can outside. Rudy’s teeth had paid the price of that kind of treatment. We had him scheduled for a teeth cleaning and when they got in there, they found that he was missing seven teeth, needed 10 more removed, and had one broken canine tooth that the decision was to leave at the time.
He also was very scarred as you can see from the white specks on his head in the images above. He had horrible scarring on his head, ears, and even around his eyes. Lastly, the belief was that he was also hit by a car at some point as he had a bad scar on his hind quarters and both of his CCLs were ruptured (never repaired). Because of this, his hind legs were straight and he would walk “downhill” at all times.
Over the course of the last six years, we have had to put down our beloved Zeus but welcomed another rescue Mastiff, Moe, into our family. We have two little boys that love their puppies very much. Rudy was always very gentle with them and extremely patient.
Last night when I got home to put the dogs outside, Rudy was struggling to get up and in the process fell three times and was not able to walk anymore. I sat outside with him covered under blankets, petting him and telling him it was ok for 45 minutes until my husband was able to get home to carry him inside. We loaded him up and made the trip down to the emergency vet and said good-bye to our gentle giant. As he laid on the gurney you could tell that he knew what was coming and that it was time. He didn’t fight it, he didn’t try to get up, he just went in peace as my husband and I petted him and told him we loved him and it was going to be alright.
Our family is completely heartbroken and I wish there was a way to take that pain away, but I would never trade the time we had with our sweet boy. He was honestly the best dog I have been around and if I could have cloned him, I would have done it in an instant.
Thank you for all that your organization does to save these animals from horrible situations and place them in loving homes. I cannot imagine the last six years of my life without Rudy.
– The Aab Family