14-year-old dog abandoned before Christmas gets loving home for final days

14-Year-Old Dog Abandoned Before Christmas Gets Loving Home for Final Days


By Troy Frisby, Buzz60

A once-abandoned dog is at the center of a Christmas miracle, thanks to a new doggy foster parent and a little TLC.

Blackie, a blind, 14-year-old dog, was dumped at an animal shelter just before the holidays and given days to live.

Austin Animal Care, the country's largest no-kill community, posted Blackie's story to their Facebook page, explaining he's an "outdoor dog" who "never received medical care."

Because he has "cataracts" which have rendered him "blind," as well as a "tumor in his chest," vets thought he only had a couple of days to live and considered putting him down.

That's when a center volunteer named Brunie Drumond stepped in, providing a loving "fospice" home — or foster hospice home — for Blackie to spend his final days.

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And from the looks of things, it didn't take long for Blackie to feel right at home.

Drumond says Blackie perked up instantly after leaving the shelter, following her around the house and playing with her cats.

The constant hugs and belly rubs seemed to put a smile on his face. And sleeping in an actual bed probably didn't hurt, either.

Blackie's foster story received hundreds of comments and both Blackie and Brunie got to share their story on national TV.

"For me with Blackie, it's heartbreaking to see a dog that had lived his whole life not feeling love," she offered.

But that's all changed now, and because of Brunie's kindness, Blackie was around to ring in the New Year.

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