For the past 20 years, one cocker spaniel has given all his love, affection, and loyalty to his California-based family.
That is exactly why he was so heartbroken when they suddenly and heartlessly abandoned him at a shelter. This past month, a woman walked into the Carson Animal Shelter with her 20-year-old dog named Sonoma. They had been together since Sonoma was just a puppy, yet the woman explained he had gotten ‘too old‘ and she no longer wanted him.
“She felt he was too old and she would come home to find him swimming in the pool because he is DEAF and BLIND!!!! He is completely confused about what is happening to him, it must be so scary,” the shelter wrote in a post to Facebook. Since Sonoma is so old, his chances of being adopted were very slim. But thankfully Frosted Faces Foundation, which rescues elderly dogs, heard his story and took him in.
“At any age, the only languages a dog will ever know are fierce loyalty and love,” said Kelly Smíšek, founder of Frosted Faces Foundation. “There is nothing one can say to explain to your dog all of the reasons you feel your decision of abandonment is justified, and that is why we operate Frosted Faces Foundation.”
Sonoma’s rescuers brought him to be examined, and aside from a few small issues, he was surprisingly in very good health. “He has some tiny hang-y masses and lots of skin tags, but we aren’t going to do anything too crazy,” Smíšek said. “The man did make it to 20 years old without being carved upon, so perhaps the only thing he requires beyond the treatment for his eyes and ears is a loving home!”
“Sonoma’s days will go on, his heart will heal, and we will be his advocates,” Smíšek said. “Where anger meets love, we act.” For now, Sonoma is getting lots of love and affection from his rescuers but is looking for his forever family who will stand by him for the rest of his days.
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[Featured image: Frosted Faces Foundation]