“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” -A. Camus
It is hard to imagine the pain and struggle that today’s transformation superstar encountered early in his life. But through it all, he was able to triumph while maintaining a smile. Take a minute to check out Gordon’s incredible story and learn about the amazing Chicago organization who made his second chance possible!
Pit Bull Terrier
4 Years Old
Like most rescue transformation stories, much is unknown about the early years of Gordon’s life. However, we do know that the years were difficult, lonesome and required an unbreakable will to survive. When Gordon was rescued, he was found wandering through the suburbs of Chicago, seeking shelter where ever he could lay his head. Gordon was not just a stray pup seeking to avoid the cold, but he was a pup fighting to survive each night. As you can see in the headline picture, Gordon was covered with severe burns across his back. (Original rescue images were very graphic, so the image is of Gordon after he began his treatment)
While it is still not known if he was burned on purpose or if he had an unfortunate accident,at the time of his rescue it was clear that he was in need of urgent medical care. After beginning lifesaving treatment with the vet, it was determined that Gordon’s burns were the result of a chemical spill (which we would like to believe was accidental…). The subsequent months for Gordon were consumed by bandage changes and frequent trips to the vet, all of which would have been impossible without the One Tail at a Time team and Gordon’s amazing foster parents.
After months and months of treatment, Gordon began to recover from his injuries. Equally important to the physical recovery, Gordon began an emotional recover, and broke out of his shell. After finally feeling secure and loved in his new foster home, this handsome pup expressed relentless gratitude through tail wagging and sloppy kisses. After Gordon’s wounds fully healed, he was quickly adopted by the perfect forever family, remaining in his hometown of Chicago. His skin is still very sensitive and he follows a strict skincare routine which includes t-shirts, topical relief and frequent trips to the vet. But, as you can see, Gordon doesn’t let the scars slow him down! Gordon’s dog walker, Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, sent a photo showing today’s transformation superstar rolling in the grass and enjoying life… We have to say, there is nothing quite like the smile of a rescue pup to light up a photo!
(Brief aside: His forever family recently had a human baby and it has been reported that Gordon is the best big brother imaginable!)
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