Dog Found Living In Dirt After Family Moved Away And Left Him Behind

May 30, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Animals

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Can you imagine moving away, and not taking your dog with you?

A truck driver in California noticed an eight-year-old Labrador living in a parking lot outside a warehouse on his delivery route. According to The Dodo, the dog used to live with his owners in the house across the street, but the family moved away and left him behind. It broke the driver’s heart to see the forlorn dog living in the dirt, so he uploaded a photo of  the “poor old boy” on Instagram. Due to his living situation, he was unable to adopt a pet, but hoped someone would give the Lab a forever home.

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Fortunately, the delivery driver’s heartbreaking Instagram post caught the attention of Love Leo Rescue, a foster-based rescue group located in Los Angeles. As soon they became aware of “Larry the Lab,” they picked him up and took him to their rescue.

On Instagram, they shared a photo of Larry and wrote,

“all we want for him is a forever home. Isn’t there someone, somewhere out there that wants to give this beautiful, #goldenlab his fairytale ending? He is eight-years old and has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease which is manageable through daily medication. His can get a little stiff he’s a little slow. He prefers sleeping outside in the garden versus being confined to a crate. He would do well with another old dog that stays out of his business.”

Cushing’s disease means the body produces excess of the hormone cortisol which leads to several dysfunctions such as frequent urination, thirst, hair loss, weight gain, abnormal swelling, as well as changes to the skin’s appearance. The organization states that the medications needed to treat this disease would cost approximately $180 a month, till the rest of the dog’s life.

“When we first rescued him, he was reactive to other dogs and would growl when they got too close,” wrote Love Leo Rescue on Instagram. “Now that he’s feeling better, he’s turned into a social butterfly. We are super happy to report that he is having the time of his life in doggy daycare. To date, Larry has been kicked out of 3 foster homes (due to separation anxiety) and had 2 adopters bail on him. He deserves better than that.”

The rescue continued, “Larry not do well when he’s left alone and would need a secure backyard or a heavy duty crate and lots of doggy daycare. He needs to be on a medication for life that costs about $180 a month. Other than that, he’s a kind and gentle dog who really deserves a forever home to call his own. Please consider adding him to your family. He has been through so much and wants to spend his golden years being loved and adored.”

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Larry got a break from boarding today and was out on a coffee date with friends. He was the perfect gentleman. He sat quietly for an hour and a half, enjoying the scenery and watching people go by. We are still desperately searching for a foster or forever for him. He will do fine with other dogs as long as they’re gentle and laid-back. He would love to have a yard to hang out in. Larry is on medication for his Cushing’s disease which does run about $180 a month. So whoever is interested in adopting him will need to factor that expense Into the equation. As long as he’s in a foster home, LLR will cover the expense. Please… Tell me there’s someone out there in the Los Angeles area for this beautiful soul? our minds are blown ? that he’s not already being pampered and spoiled in a forever home. [email protected]

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Update: Larry has been adopted!

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I wish I would have had more time to dedicate to this happening, but that’s what places like @loveleorescue are for. Thank you to everyone that helped along the way, without every lil bit of help he would still be looking. Good luck Ol’ Boy. #Repost @loveleorescue with @get_repost ・・・ You guys, it’s been quite a journey. We are over the moon to announce that Larry the lab is finally home. On this cold and rainy day, Larry is curled up in a soft bed and surrounded by people who love him. As some of you know, he was discovered living in a parking lot after his family moved away and left him behind (??swipe). He slept in the dirt and strangers would toss scraps at him every now and then. He was obese and suffering from Cushing’s disease. Luckily a kind person @oldboy909 decided to do something about his situation and created a page for him. We saw his photo and knew we wanted to help. That was in June! I took a few weeks to figure out what was going on with him medically and the best course of action to manage his Cushings. We decided surgery was not an option (too risky) so we started him on medication. Larry started feeling better and in turn, became more sociable and sweet. But he had separation anxiety (can you blame the guy???). This caused him to get booted from three different foster homes. and, that it happened. He got the email that we thought Willie could be a perfect match for him. We told him about his issues and they didn’t blink an eye. He had a few accidents in the house, but still they weren’t face. They understand that he’s been through a lot and there’s a little kindness and patience. We are so happy he landed exactly where he was supposed to. Thank you to his loving humans who opened to their heart and their home to this special dog. Dogs like Larry are challenging for our rescue financially and — emotionally. Our goal is to rescue a dog from a bad situation and put them in their forever home. But sometimes, that just takes a little longer. We are very happy we were able to be part of his journey. Happy life sweet Larry

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You can keep up with Larry and his new life on his Instagram page:

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