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A Heartsick Pup In Need Curls Up On Family’s Porch

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for iHeartDogs.com, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on February 12, 2024

Stray dogs yearn for a chance to escape the dangers of the streets, longing for kindness to heal their wounds and erase their painful pasts. Among them was Tabea, a gentle homeless pup in St. Louis, Missouri, frail and malnourished from her wanderings. One day, she sought refuge on a family’s porch, hoping for compassion and aid. Nestling on a blanket, she made herself small, hoping to attract attention. The homeowner, a kind woman, was deeply moved by the sight of Tabea, feeling a surge of sadness.

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Reaching out to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, she alerted them to the dog in need on her porch. Donna Lochmann and her team quickly responded, arriving in a rescue Jeep to pick up Tabea. Approaching the dog, they were heartbroken by her condition, her emaciated body marked with scars. Tabea seemed resigned, her eyes reflecting despair. Lochmann comforted her, gently stroking her head, and managed to leash her, persuading her to come along.

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Transported to the shelter, Tabea was initially bewildered but soon realized she was safe with caring humans. Receiving cuddles from the staff, her heart began to mend, and she blossomed with love. At the vet, she was diagnosed with an ear infection and a broken tail, necessitating amputation. Despite setbacks, Tabea remained resilient, trusting in the devotion of her shelter companions.

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Moved to a foster home, she continued her journey to recovery, surrounded by love. Finally, the rescue announced Tabea’s adoption into her forever family, where she receives boundless love and affection. Thanks to the compassion of many, Tabea found her place in the sun, basking in the love she always deserved.

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