Leroy has spent more than seven years residing at Dog Tales Rescue. The 12-year-old shepherd mix has been without a forever home for more than half of his existence. Fortunately, rescue groups provide each dog the opportunity to escape, even if it’s just for a pleasant weekend away.
Leroy’s time came recently, and it was a weekend he won’t soon forget.
“A waterfront property with a cottage was offered to our staff and volunteers to use to bring shelter dogs for a break from shelter life,” Stephanie Munro, Dog Tales Rescue volunteer, told The Dodo. “This was a wonderful opportunity to give our dogs a break and see how they truly are in a home environment. It really was extraordinary and heartwarming to be able to see our dogs in such a way.”
Munro and Leroy spent time enjoying the scenery, eating good food and sniffing everything in sight. The getaway also marks the first time Leroy had a bed of his very own.
You can watch Leroy’s exciting weekend adventure here:
Will Leroy ever find his forever family?
Leroy returned to his routine at the rescue after the enjoyable weekend away, but he had undoubtedly formed many new memories to take the place of those from his time spent in the shelter.
Leroy came to us in 2015 from a Miami shelter that was overflowing with animals after being discovered as a stray, according to Munro. “[He] is quite relaxed. Leroy does like to play fetch every once in a while, and he also likes to eat. Giving his paw is one of his favorite behaviors, and he does it with enthusiasm. He has big paws.
For those interested in adopting Leroy, the senior pup enjoys the occasional head and neck scratches — but only once he’s had time to warm up, so he’ll need an adopter who recognizes his needs and boundaries. Munro added that adopting this sweet boy means multiple visits to Dog Tales to be sure it’s a good match.
It gives me so much optimism for our pets, having worked with these dogs in the shelter and now seeing them in a home setting, Munro said. “This experience moved me to tears several times as I saw what wonderful pets these dogs would be in homes and felt heartbroken at the same time, watching them be glanced over time and time again.”
After so much joy spent at the cottage, Leroy would love to find his forever family. Then he can enjoy the scenery, eat good food and sniff everything in sight — with his new favorite people.