Dog’s name and age: Ryder, 14 years

Nicknames: Gizmo

Adoption story: In early spring, 2010, our two big boys (a yellow Labrador Retriever and an Australian Shepherd) died of old age. In fall of that year while browsing our photos, my husband observed a large percentage of them featured other people’s dogs. “I think it’s time,” he said. 

Ryder was living with a family who was overextended (five children, three dogs and a rabbit in a small house). He was terrified, crying, and much too skinny. Ryder didn’t know toys or treats, but he seemed generally healthy. We later discovered he had epilepsy, had we known about his epilepsy, we’d never have gone to see him. Ignorance proved to be our bliss, as he is the most loving pet we’ve ever had.

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Every morning, he comes to me and asks to have his back

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