Arrival Story: Duke is currently being fostered through Animal Rescue Foundation of Illinois (ARF-IL) near Glen Ellyn, IL. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting this sweet doggie, please fill out an online adoption application at ARF-IL and mention that you found this pup on Dogster.com.
Bio: Here's Duke's story as told by the person who rescued him:
On January 15th, 2010 the Animal Control guys asked me if I would go on a run with them and take pictures of the inside of a house that had been abandoned with 2 dogs left there for no telling how long. When we arrived we found Duke alive barely as you can tell in the before pictures I sent you. While photographing the inside of the house we discovered a doxie in the bathroom that didn't make it. I won't go into details about in the interior of the house, but I'll just say that they'd been in there a very long time and the conditions were unbearable for even a short while.
We tracked the owner down and got a court order to have him arrested. While he was in jail and waiting for the court date we all pitched in to save Duke. He got the best food, care and lots of love. He slowly put the weight back on him as you can see in the pictures I took today.
After having to appear in court twice for the case we finally got justice today. We got full custody of Duke and not being able to go into specifics about the owner lets just say he will not be around animals for a long time.
Words can not truly express the horror of Dukes condition and the poor little one that did not make it. He is a great dog. Loves people, dogs, puppies and even cats. It seems the smaller they are the more gentle he is. He comes when you call him and knows how to sit.
Duke is now in a loving ARF-IL foster home in IL where he has enjoyed playing with his foster furbrothers and fursisters and trips to the off-leash dog park. Doctors repaired a very minor tear in his left ACL and will be playing again in just a few weeks. He loves to retrieve a tennis ball and drop it just far enough from your feet so that he can push it to you with his nose. He's full of charm and personality. He has the happiest, most trusting disposition, and you'd never imagine he'd been so horribly betrayed by his person. He knows his loving, forever family is coming to take him home soon.
If you read my bio above, you know my life in Kentucky was pretty tragic. I was in love with my people there and my little doggie furiend. So why would my people just abandon us and treat us so badly? It was pretty horrible but I'm not dwelling on the past. I know it wasn't my fault and I know that I'll never be abandoned or mistreated ever again.
Some very nice people came and saved me from that bad place and gave me food because I was SO hungry. Then, when I was feeling better, they sent me to a rescue called ARF-IL in IL, and they saw to all my medical needs. My foster family showered me with love and made me feel like part of their family. I loved them, too, but I always knew that they were just taking care of me until my furever family could come for me.
And now my time has finally arrived! My furever family came and took me to my loving furever home! I'll miss my foster family, but I am very excited to move on and enjoy playing with and taking care of my very own family. I don't know if I'll EVER be able to stop wiggling! Thanks, furever Mom and Dad for finding me and loving me so much! Now on with my happy life!