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DDB Nashville Success Stories

Over the years, #TeamDDBNashville has helped MANY dogs gain freedom from their chains and small pens. Our dream is that someday, ALL dogs will enjoy the life of a beloved family pet, well-cared for and living inside the home with their families. Until that day comes, our dedicated team of volunteers will continue to work diligently and compassionately to help as many of these less fortunate dogs that we can. In the meantime, we invite you to check out some of our most memorable success stories over the years. And, please check back as we add to our collection. If you would like to be a part of these success stories, please be sure to check out our many volunteer opportunities.

Lilly

Lilly

Lilly was found in rural Tennessee by a local animal rescuer that had been alerted about an abandoned dog. When she showed up, the house was totally abandoned. Junk everywhere. Kids toys, vehicle parts, boxes, even an old bird cage. Lilly was on a huge, heavy chain that was held to the ground with a buried car axle. They had LEFT HER THERE to die alone and scared. She was terrified. She had given up hope and was sitting with her head hung low.

However, once she was rescued from that chain, she was a completely different dog. FULL of life and love! She spent a few weeks with our trainer where she learned to live inside a home with a family.

Lilly was adopted by a very sweet couple who adores her. She has a doggie sister that she loves. She is finally a cherished member of a loving family!

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Otis

Otis

DDB Nashville volunteers first spotted Otis while working with another chained dog down his alley. He was only 8 months old when we first met him. Even though he was still a puppy, he had already given up hope. He was very stoic, calm and you could tell he had given in to his lonely, isolated existence. We talked with his owner who was not interested in working with us, nor surrendering Otis to us. Our volunteers would periodically come check on Otis, and every time his owner was not interested in working with us.

Finally, 2 years later, on one of our regular check-in's with Otis, we found him in HORRIBLE condition! He was extremely thin (all of his ribs were showing), and he had lost most of his hair from a bad skin infection. His owner was STILL not willing to let us take the dog to the vet, so we got Animal Control involved. Once Animal Control saw the condition of the dog, they sited the owner and took Otis from him due to neglect. Then they signed him over to DDB Nashville.

Another awesome local rescue group, Operation Education, took Otis into their program and placed him in an AMAZING forever home with Craig and Melissa. He now has a dog sister named Dottie and they are inseparable. He lives like a King and is cherished beyond belief! He spends his days snuggling with Dottie on a big comfy bed!

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Hope

Hope

DDB Nashville was contacted by a woman who said her neighbors had moved and left their dog chained up in the backyard. It was the middle the muggy hot Tennessee summer and it was 101 degrees outside. When our DDB Volunteer went to check out the situation, it was the middle of the day and blazing hot. She found Hope in the backyard of the home, with a FIVE POUND chain wrapped around her neck. The grass had grown so tall that it was taller than the dog. The dog had NO WATER, NO SHADE and no food. She had ZERO relief. I am shocked she had not died from dehydration. The chain had gotten so hot that it had burned the back of her neck. Her family had moved out of their home and left her chained back there to die alone and scared.

Even with all of that isolation and neglect, Hope was SO SWEET and so excited to be rescued. She was taken to the vet and spayed, treated for Heartworms, given her shots and placed into a foster home. She spent 6 months in a foster home before she found her forever home with her awesome new dad named Grant. We could not have found a better fit for Hope. They have been a family for over 4 years now and they are inseparable. Grant's parents had never met a pit bull before Hope, and they had always been VERY fearful of them. However, Hope has completely changed their opinion of these sweet dogs. They ADORE their "grand dog" and they have her over for weekend visits on a regular basis.

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Max

Max

A woman alerted us about her neighbors chained dog that was in horrible condition. When we showed up, we were shocked. It was the worse neglect case I had ever seen. This dog was a walking skeleton. He was so scared when we approached him yet he so badly wanted help. When we first got there, we knocked on the door and no one answered. While we were in the backyard assessing the situation, a car came screeching into the driveway and 2 drug dealers jumped out and started shooting a gun at our volunteers. It was extremely scary and we are SO LUCKY that no one was hurt!

The police were called and after a very long, drawn out, jumping through hoops situation, the dog was picked up by animal control and given to DDB Nashville. Max spent 6 months in a foster home where he was rehabilitated, treated for Heartworms and obedience trained. He learned to live inside with a family and other dogs. He was so sweet, gentle and loving with his foster family. They lived near a lake where he was able to swim and they had 10 acres fenced in where he could run and play!

Ultimately, Max was adopted by Ashley Owen Hill, founder of Lucky Dog Rescue located in Meridian, MS.

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Taz

Taz

Taz: This sweet boy spent the first 6 months of his life on a chain in rural Tennessee. His owners were very poor and did not have a lot of knowledge about the proper way to care for a dog. They did not expand his collar as the puppy grew into a big dog. His collar got badly embedded in his neck and created a deep infected wound. The owner finally realized what was going on and took Taz off his chain and put him in a 10x10 pen that a relative gave him. Taz had ZERO shelter. Not even a dog house to keep him dry in the rain. Nothing to protect him from the blazing hot summer sun. The only thing he had to "play" with was a chewed up, empty anti-freeze container. :( His water bowl was an old chewed up, dirty cooler. His cheap dollar store dog food was tossed onto the ground for him to eat. The pen was never cleaned out and Taz was forced to live in his own feces. It was a lonely, miserable existence.

A Dogs Deserve Better Nashville volunteer happened to drive by the home one afternoon and stopped to talk with Taz's owner. At first they were not willing to surrender the dog to DDB. However, the volunteer continued to stop and talk with the owners. FINALLY they realized that Taz deserved a better life. Taz was sent to a foster home where he was fully obedience trained and learned how to live inside a home with a family.

He was adopted by a wonderful family up North and he is enjoying an amazing life as a cherished member of a very lucky family! In fact they just had a new baby who loves Taz too!

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Pappy

Pappy

A man reached out to me asking for help for his neighbor's dog. The dog was a 5 year old male pitbull who had been chained up to a dirty, wooden dog house his entire life. The chain dragged back and forth along the ground for so long, that it created a 10 foot wide dirt circle. He lived in dirt and his own feces. Every once in a while he would get loose from his chain and run to the neighbors' house to play. They would give him treats and even a bath every so often! The neighbors told me that when they first moved in, there were actually 2 male pit bulls chained up. Both in very neglectful situations. Unfortunately, one of the dogs died, right there at the end of his chain. At that point, the neighbors realized just how bad the situation was and started looking for someone to help them. They were able to get the owner to surrender Pappy to DDB Nashville.

Pappy was adopted by an AMAZING woman named Rebecca. Pappy was treated for Heartworms and neutered. He now lives in a GORGEOUS log cabin and has 10 fenced in acres to run free and play in when he is outside. He has an in ground pool to swim in as well. About 2 years after Pappy was adopted, a stray dog found their property and he and Pappy became good buddies. Rebecca let the new friend move in as well so now Pappy even has a dog brother! They are enjoying a wonderful life as cherished members of a family!

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