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Ritchie was at TAS South for a few weeks before someone took him home. Looks like the wait was worth it.

From Ritchie's new owner:

Hi Jenn,

Thanks to you and the team at Animal Services for your help with Ritchie.

Please let everyone know that he is doing really well here with Ryan and I. He seemed to feel right at home quickly, slept well through the night and he's actually eating his dry food (but he certainly likes the wet food better!). We have seen the vet and his stitches were removed. His remaining eye is still a concern, as you were right, the socket is very shallow. We will just have to be very careful with him and hope for the best.

We are both amazed at how well behaved he is, not to mention sweet. I think he's happy here and we are very happy to have him. I have attached a few pictures of him in his new home.

5 Comments to “Update on Ritchie”

  1. MKlwr says:

    Arr, matey! Where's the map to the hidden bone?

    He looks really happy.

  2. NK says:

    What a little character! No wonder the new owners fell for him! Good luck, I hope he has many happy adventures in his new home!

  3. GoLightly says:

    He's one lucky little pirate, that's for sure. Thank you so much for giving him what he deserves!
    Thanks to TAS!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    such a brave and sweet little dog! So glad he has found his wonderful rescuers!

  5. That last picture, especially the blur, says it all...

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Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

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