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Dobby, the Abused and Homeless Dog and Dog Rescue Story

Updated on September 14, 2014

Homeless Dog

Every considered adopting an abused dog? Sadly, many owners mistreat their dogs by physically and verbally abusing them.Some are lucky enough to get rescued and find homes, while others spend their entire lives under the hands of abuse.

See this little guy here? He was abused and homeless when he came into our lives. This is his story and how he went from almost being killed, to finding his forever family.

Sad dog image by WriterJanis

Rescuing a Dog

I couldn't understand why my daughter was so adamant about getting a ride home from her friend's house instead of me picking her up, especially since I was driving by there anyway while running errands. I was soon to find out.

Shortly after I arrived home, my youngest daughter started calling out, "Mama! Come outside. You've got to see this!" Image my surprise when I walked outside to find a small, trembling dog lying down next to my oldest daughter.

It was sad enough to see him trembling out of fear so badly, but even worse when I got closer and saw all the scrapes and scabs all over his body. Apparently someone had tried to shave him incorrectly. Tears filled my eyes as I looked upon this helpless little guy. I quickly called the vet to get advice on how to treat the wounds.

We learned that the previous owner was planning to kill him as she was quite upset with his behavior. An acquaintance of the owner volunteered to take him and find him a new home. He stayed at house after house for a short period of time before finding my daughter.

At each new place he stayed, the people couldn't keep him for one reason or another. Plans were being made to take him to the pound. Being that our family loves animals and have done rescue the work in the past, my daughter volunteered to take him home. That is how Dobby came into our lives.

Dobby image by WriterJanis

Dog Rescue Story

One of my biggest concerns was how he would fit in with the other animals. I worried our dog would be jealous or that the cats would go after him. Fortunately, none of my fears came into play. It was as if he was always meant to be here. In fact, one of our cats has become quite infatuated with him.

It's been a few weeks and the physical signs of abuse are all but gone now. We're guessing he was hit a lot because if we approach our hands too quickly to pet him, he still cowers, although this has improved quite a bit since we got him.

We were thrilled to find out that overall, he's quite a healthy dog. It's also such a blessing that he went from a trembling scared dog to quite a happy dog. He's always keeping us company and waging his tail. We also have cats and all of the cats have accepted him and love him. He's a wonderful addition to our family,

Dog picture by WriterJanis

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Family Dog Rescue

You may have wondered about the name Dobby. No, it isn't his original name. We wanted to give him a new name to go with his new start in life.

For any of you who are familiar with Harry Potter, Dobby is a character who had been badly abused by his owner. That is until Harry Potter came along and set him free. That is how our Dobby got his name. He took to it immediately and never looked back.

How anyone could have hurt this little guy is beyond me. He's just the sweetest dog who does great with kids and other children. At first, he would only go around my daughter and was quite scared of my husband. That's all been changing. He now has given the rest of us a chance and has come to love us.

Dobby's story has a happy ending. Sadly, not all abused dogs are as lucky as he is. If you're thinking about getting a dog, consider adopting one from a shelter or rescue group. There are so many loving dogs that just need a second chance in life. We're so glad we decided to keep Dobby. He's become a wonderful addition to our family.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @sue826 lm: It breaks my heart to think that shy dogs are put down. Some of them are shy due to the abuse they have had. Bless you for the work that you do.

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      sue826 lm 3 years ago

      Shelter dogs. I volunteer with shelter dogs 5 days a week. It's so inspiring to see people like yourself rescuing dogs and keeping them from a lousy home or being surrendered to the shelter. At our shelter, shy dogs are in danger of being put down. That is starting to change and once identified, volunteers work with these poor animals. Thank you for adopting this beautiful dog!

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: It was seven months apart, it was hard. Jericho's 1 year was a couple days ago.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @jimporsche86: I'm so sorry about the loss of your dogs, especially so close to each other in time. You have been through so much.

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      I love all animals really. I would say dogs are my favorite. After both of our dogs passed away last year I didn't want to get another one very soon after that. We lost both 7 months apart so that was really hard. Jericho has been gone a year now here in just a few days and the other one was named Ak has been 6 months next month. We are thinking of a rescue dog this spring, I want to save them all. :)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @suepogson: I don't know. I really don't get people who abuse animals.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      As soon as I started to rad this I was fighting back teas. How CAN people hurt a little dog like that! Thank you for showing him how life should be (and good on your daughter for presenting a fait accompli that she knew you wouldn't be able to resist!.)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thank you for reading his story.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: Thank you for reading his story.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      This is such a heart warming story. Thanks for sharing.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @MaryMitchell: He is such a sweetheart.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

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      MaryMitchell 4 years ago

      Lucky Dobby to find you and his forever home, and lucky you to have such a sweet dog in Dobby!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for being so kind to read about him.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @DeborahDian: I love success stories.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @ERD1966: How sad that someone did that to him. How wonderful he found you.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @cmadden: I'm so sad about the first part of his life, but he is so happy now.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      We owned a rescue dog for many years. He was one of the best dogs we ever had!

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      ERD1966 4 years ago

      Jack (pictured) was left in the woods as a puppy. We are glad that he was rescued! Best dog ever!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      He had it rough for a while, but nowadays, having a home with you, that is one lucky pup!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Board-Game-Brooke: I'm so glad we have him.

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      What a wonderful story! So glad that Dobby has a safe home now.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      As far as pets go, Dogs

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: They sure are great to have.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: I'm glad you liked it.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is great to read this lens since i like dog and yes dog is my favorite animal.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      This is such a lovely lens. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @chris1402: Sorry to hear he passed.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @FallenAngel 483: How cool that you rescue rats.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Camden1: We thought the name was a good match, too.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Mamabyrd: Kids have so much fun with dogs.

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      chris1402 4 years ago

      My dad was a great one for adopting dogs - my favorite was called Fred - looked a but like your dog, but with shorter hair, sadly he passed away years ago, but fondly remembered.

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      FallenAngel 483 4 years ago

      You did a wonderful thing saving that beautiful little guy. I'm a rat lover and I have had a lot of rescues. I've got 6 right now. I hope your story encourages a lot more people to rescue an animal and give it a better life. Lots of hugs to Dobby :)

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Dogs are my favorite animals. Dobby is a perfect name for your beautiful dog - what a touching story!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      We love dogs! We have replaced our pets with babies these day but we plan to adopt a dog when the kiddos are a little older. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: They sound so pretty when they chirp.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Jan 1980: I love cats, too.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      birds are my fav pets. thanks for sharing a touching story

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      MY favourite animal is little cat

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Rankography: That's wonderful that your dogs are rescues. Lucky them to have found you.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Too funny.

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      Rankography 5 years ago

      Great story Janis. Both of our dogs are rescues and we have had great experiences with both. Blessings.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Canary:)Thank for sharing your story!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I feel so lucky that this has worked out so well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My dear, its wonderful when people as sweet as you will open their hearts and home to an abused dog, and give them the love they need. My hat is off to you, and so happy for Doddy to have a great family to adopt...such a beautiful pup. Really a heart melting story. :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @AnimalHouse: How wonderful that you opened your heart and rescued the dogs.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Diva2Mom: It does seem like it was meant to be.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      This is such a lovely story. Stories like these touch my heart. I love dogs and have rescued at least 2.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Oh dear Janis, your story really touched me. There's no doubt that dog meant to be a special part of your family. I felt a lot of compassion for Dobby for what he had gone through while reading your story, but I smiled happily because the story ended so beautifully. I'm glad Dobby found a wonderful and nurturing home. Amazing lens! God bless you.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @dogged lm: You're so sweet!

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      dogged lm 5 years ago

      All of Gods critters...then dogs, it's a privilege to share life with them, I wish all people could feel the joy! Thanks for saving Dobby, he's my favourite tonight.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @SianaL: You must have a very kind heart.

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      SianaL 5 years ago

      Such a sweet story! I've rescued around 10 dogs in my lifetime, and have fallen in love with each one!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @CharlieBoy3: We haven't had him very long, but so far it's going great.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @mohamedm: Thank you very much.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @dom2: They really are.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I know what you mean.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      @Heidi Vincent: Those are nice and cheerful.

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      CharlieBoy3 5 years ago

      Very nice information good doby found him a loving family. nice to hear things turn out good. Nicely done lens.

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      mohamedm 5 years ago

      good lens, i like it

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      dom2 5 years ago

      Umm.. I'd say the wolf. Their cool.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Tough to choose one! :)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Bird.