Super Simon was one of the most emmaciated dogs that had come to Stray Rescue. He also had that "I have had enough, and I give up" look on his face.Thankfully the Stray Rescue vet team didn't give up on Super Simon, and they found that this boy still had some fight left in him. Experiencing compassion and love for the first time, Simon not only survived, but wiggled his way into his foster mom's heart and became a permanant member of the family.
Here's what Super Simon's new family had to say ...
I received a call from the shelter around Christmas about a puppy, severely neglected and extremely fearful, that needed a special foster home to rehab in. He was an abuse case. I went to the shelter and picked up a shell of a dog. Simon was 6 months old and weighed 21lbs. He had an incision on his underside the length of his frail body held together with more staples than I'd ever seen. He survived parvovirus - and I could see every bone in his body. Now a new journey for him began. Together, we slowly made our way out of the shelter and into the car (10 minutes from upstairs in the shelter to the front door as I recall). He certainly didn't trust me, and I had my work cut our for me.
For days I couldn't pet him or even make eye contact. I had to learn a whole new way of being and a new level of patience. I just fed him, gave him his space, and let Scarlett and Kiener, my dogs, show him the ropes. Over time, Simon came into his own, and I saw that spark of life in his eyes again. Over the months of his rehab, we worked together on getting him physically and mentally healthy. And over those months I developed a very special bond with him like no other. It was clear I would not be able to give him up, and he became a permanent member of my family.
Simon will be 3 this summer and now weighs in at 65.4lbs. He has the funniest personality of any dog I've ever met. And I spoil him rotten. He is extremely affectionate, and very silly. He goes with me to work every day. He loves his morning belly rubs (and afternoon belly rubs, and evening...LOL), walks, playing with his dog and cat pals, tennis balls, and I cannot have a car without a sunroof ever again - he LOVES them. He has attended a special obedience class, and recently attended an agility seminar set up for shy dogs, and truly impressed me with the progress he has made over the years. Simon and I continue to learn from each other, and grow together. I can truly say he has changed my life forever. Because of him I get to pay it forward, and I have been able to help other shy dogs come out of their shells and find great homes of their own. And from him I receive love and affection like no other. And I cannot imagine my life without him. He is truly special. beyond words.
I thank Stray Rescue of St. Louis for bringing him into my life, and for saving his life. But I also owe all the donors, big and small, a huge thank you for contributing to the Stracks Fund. If not for people like you, Simon would not be here today.
Thanks to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, Super Simon was able to get the top-notch care she needed and go on to live an amazing life filled with fun, comfort, and love. The dogs we rescue are absolutely amazing, going on to sweeten the lives of so many families. Donations to The Stracks Fund are always needed in order to save dogs like Super Simon. Please save a life and donate by clicking the icon below...