Last Updated on February 17, 2021 by Dogs Vets
When California resident by the name of Lisa Lomeli arrived at a shelter to meet a cattle dog named Baby Dog, Placer County Animal Services staff warned her that the dog was traumatized and pretty much “shut down.”
On Jan. 31, a search party had found Baby Dog in the snow protecting the body of his owner, David Deshon, who died after his car became stuck during a snowstorm in a rural area near Sacramento, Calif. Deshon, Baby Dog and his other dog, Buddy, had been missing for several days when Buddy made it to a neighbor’s house and barked and scratched at the door for help.
This helped searchers continue to look in the area. Meanwhile, Baby Dog stayed on her owner’s chest, trying to keep him warm and providing loyal companionship until his death.
Lomeli happens to be a neighbor of Deshon’s daughter, who had led the community to search for her father and his beloved dogs. She told Lomeli it was comforting to know her father had not died alone and how broken she felt not being able to take in his dogs because work kept her so far from home.
“She told me,” No matter how much I want them, because they are a part of my father and I love these dogs. If I can’t give them the attention they need, it’s not fair to the dogs. I have to think about what’s best for them. “And that was very selfless of her,” Lomeli told TODAY.
While learning about Baby Dog’s loyalty to her late owner, Lomeli began thinking about someone who could benefit from that kind of devotion: her mother, Peggy Morrill.
Morrill battled cancer during the pandemic. Just months before her diagnosis, she lost her own faithful dog, a black lab named Raelyn who always stayed by her side. Morrill longed for a new dog, but lacked the energy to find the right one. Lomeli thought she had a solution.
“I said,” Shona, would you mind if I call the shelter and tell them I’m interested in meeting Baby Dog because I think he’s a perfect match for my mom? “, Lomeli recalled asking Deshon’s daughter. “She said, ‘Oh my God – yes,’ so we set everything up.”
On Feb. 8, Lomeli entered the shelter’s playground expecting Baby Dog to be depressed and possibly unhappy after his ordeal.
She sat down on a bench and offered, “Baby Dog, can you come and let me pet you?”
To the amazement of everyone in the yard, Baby Dog came right over and put his head in her lap.
They walked together and Lomeli had a feeling it was meant to be. She asked the 5-year-old dog, “Baby Dog, do you want to go? And do you want to have a new family?
Like Baby Dog, Buddy found a loving new home after being treated for a urinary tract infection. The Placer County Animal Services team got him the veterinary care he needed and made sure to spend plenty of time with Buddy and Baby Dog while they stayed at the shelter to help them cope with their recent trauma.
Baby dog was adopted Feb. 11 by a man who wants to provide everything the sweet senior needs, said Katie Ingram, animal services manager. She said the shelter’s staff and volunteers are overjoyed that Baby Dog and Buddy have found such wonderful new homes.
“These two dogs are just the sweetest, most sensitive little guys,” she told TODAY. “I think our staff really felt like this is one of those powerful moments where the whole team and the whole community needs to come forward to help.”
Instagram said the community came through in many ways, including donating money and goodies to potential adopters. She hopes the public will realize that shelters are more than just places for stray pets. They invest care and resources in special situations, such as helping a grieving daughter find the right home for her father’s dogs.
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