Where Are They Now? - Mandela

It was a frigid day in St. Louis when we got a call about a dog that couldn't stand. When the rescue team arrived they found Mandela, emaciated and his back leg black from infection with the bone totally exposed. It still amazes us how these dogs survive with injuries this severe. They continue to amaze us with their zest for life once they are healed and in their forever home.

Here's what Mandela's adoptive family had to say...

"We affectionately call Mandela, Manny.  Since adopting him it is safe to say that he has never lived in a home before.  The first few days with Manny in the house he was observant of everything and fearful of a lot of things inside.  He was scared of shadows on the walls, shadows on the ceilings, candles flickering, people with large objects in their hands among many other things.  Although he was fearful of several things around the house he seemed to know from the first day that he had found his home.  If we leave to go to the store he will often sit on the bench in the front window and watch us leave and we often come home to see him sleeping on the bench.

He is pretty well over most of his fears at home now and he has even made friends with some other dogs.  He has one buddy from Stray Rescue named Gazelle (now named Tikka) that he can play with for hours on end with out wearing down.  Having 3 legs does not slow him down much.  He is able to take walks, short jogs, and give chase to everything I throw.  We have been told he is about 5 years old, but he has a very young and energetic personality, he also loves to cuddle. We couldn't imagine our home without him."

Thanks to The Stracks Fund, our emergency medical fund, Mandela was able to get the top-notch care he needed and go on to live an amazing life filled with fun, comfort, and love. The dogs we rescue are absolutely amazing, going on to sweeten the lives of so many families. Donations to The Stracks Fund are always needed in order to save dogs like Mandela. Please save a life and donate by clicking the icon below...

To read the original rescue story of Mandela, click here!

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