My heart broke when I saw a photo of Norman, a deaf, elderly senior dog who was abused, starved and abandoned in a parking lot.
But when I finished reading Norman’s story, I couldn’t stop smiling.
11-year-old senior dog Norman was covered with thousands of fleas and sores and severely emaciated when he was found by a Good Samaritan in Indiana.
Malnourished and extremely dehydrated, Norman had no energy, was lethargic and couldn’t even walk or lift his head.
The Good Samaritan called a rescue group called Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO), who set out to save the dog who had been beaten and starved.
Because of their efforts, Norman now has a forever home with Susan Niehoff who couldn’t help but to fall in love with the old boy.
This is Norman, nearly a year after his rescue.
Norman suffers from arthritis that has affected his ability to get around on his rear legs.
He even received a donated wheelchair to help him get around and Norman is embracing it.
“He’s happy now, he can go places,” said Susan, adding “He wants to go places.”
Susan writes, “On July 21st I was introduced to an extremely emaciated, fearful dog who had been kicked, starved, neglected, and ignored. He paced the ﬂoor and cringed when touched. I named him Norman, even though he cannot hear his name. Sadly, he had had so many untreated ear infections that he was left deaf.”
“For the ﬁrst couple of months he displayed an extreme food aggression, and was constantly hungry. I gave him his space, but also reached out to him. Soon he began to trust me, and now he loves being loved,” wrote Susan.
“Norman is around eleven years old, but he acts like a very young dog. What a joy he is to me and my family and friends.”
Norman now sticks to Susan like “velcro”.