Tony, the German shepherd, has been wandering the streets for a very long time. And just like other stray dogs, he has been waiting for someone who would actually want him and take care of him. Good thing, some volunteers in Sacramento, California, found him.
In most cases, rescued stray dogs are skinny, but Tony was different. He was severely overweight. He’s been eating junk food that he finds on the streets for years.
This will make you smile and cry and that same time ❤️ #LoveHe smiles the instant he sees me, as if I’m his reminder that freedom is something to be grateful for, and that love is not only okay to give but just as beautiful to receive. I love him so much, he’s my dog, I’d do anything for him. This might sound corny but I love every dog I meet, I really do. However, I didn’t adopt Tony because I loved him right away, I adopted him because I felt ready for him. Tony was found as a stray and was brought to an amazing shelter in Sacramento, where he was unfortunately adopted by an unfit family for Tony. They left him outside 24/7 and eventually returned him back to the shelter, even unhealthier than he was before. A very common question I’m asked is, “how do we choose which dog to adopt, how do we know?” When I first saw Tony my imagination took over and that’s when I saw our transformation together unfold. I knew that him and I connected for a very important reason. I felt that the gang and I were the only ones who could really give him what he needed. He needed more than love and time. He needed understanding, he needed a family that couldn’t even think about giving up on him. Many people (especially with social media) get a dog to make their own personal lives better. But people who rescue, true rescuers, only rescue to make the dogs life better. We become better with the dog. That’s the beautiful reward and lessons of rescuing and life. The happier and better we make others the happier and better we feel. There’s almost an art to rescuing. We see the life, love and loyalty in a dog especially when the dog is at his or her worst. Tony Too Toned is just so beautiful and fun and loyal and amazing and I just can’t thank you all enough for being the major reason he’s a part of the Asher house family now. If it wasn’t for you all, I’m honestly not sure if we ever would’ve met him. I’m so proud of him, I’m so proud of you and The Asher House. Queen and Penny will get their shoutout soon lol but just wanted to say thank you to all and i wanted to give Tony Cannoli the recognition he deserves. If he never gave up, neither should any of us. We are just getting stated fam! Thank you ❤
Posted by The Asher House on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
After a few weeks of being rescued, a family finally adopted Tony. They promised to love and take care of him, but sadly, they didn’t keep it. They would usually leave him chained in their front yard with no daily walks and play. Eventually, they got tired of him.
The family brought Tony back at the shelter. He was at his worst possible condition, physically and emotionally. The people at the shelter could see how devastated he was. He was so sad, not knowing that the right person would change his life forever.
When Lee Asher heard about Tony’s case, he was so heartbroken. He was known to be an animal lover, and he couldn’t just sit and watch. Asher didn’t think twice. He immediately came to rescue poor Tony.
I don’t believe my eyes, look who’s riding shotgun!!! He used to take up the entire couch! 🤣🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️
Posted by The Asher House on Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Lee started a weight loss program for Tony. He didn’t waste a single day. Tony got better and better, and in just two weeks, the overweight dog lost 22 pounds!
Lee didn’t stop there. He would take Tony everywhere he goes so the dog would keep losing his weight while walking and running. After a few months, Tony became a totally different dog.
Tony is in excellent shape again. Thanks to Lee and everyone who helped him on his journey of losing weight. Tony is now well-taken care of by his new family. He is living a happy, adventurous life with Lee and his other rescue dogs.
Credit: The Asher House