In celebration of the year-end festive season, Dogster is casting a canine-focused eye back on the most notably lovable dogs that helped light up 2013. Each day we’ll be profiling one honorable hound. We’re tagging it the 12 Dogs of Christmas.

Following up yesterday’s kitten-rescuing Shih Tzu, here’s a Hurricane Sandy survivor.

11. Bruno

Superstorm Sandy hit hard. It left behind a trail of broken lives, destroyed property and estranged pets. Widespread efforts were put into effect to help track down the owners of over 500 pets, and when that wasn’t possible, plans were put into place to secure new homes for the canine victims of the devastation.

Sadly, one dog seemed destined to be left behind when a seven-year-old Rottweiler named Bruno found himself as the last of the homeless Hurricane Sandy pets. (His owner was unable to take him back in as he himself was struggling to deal with the consequences of a demolished abode and a job that vanished in Sandy’s aftermath.)

Thankfully, the media picked up on Bruno’s plight and his situation was widely reported on across a bunch of outlets and social media enclaves. While he was temporarily boarded at Northwind Kennels, applications to give Bruno a forever home flew in. The handsome hound eventually decided to put down new roots with the Siegal family in Melville, Long Island.

Apparently Bruno is very much enjoying cavorting around in his new yard. We call that a heart-warming ending.

Enjoy the rest of the 12 Dogs of Christmas here:

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