Around the holidays, you imagine being curled up on your sofa with your dog, warm and secure. Maybe you’ll have some soy nog and watch a holiday-themed movie. But with six to eight million animals entering U.S. shelters ever year, you would never imagine dumping your dog around the holidays and leaving them to fend for themselves.

Sadly, that’s exactly what happened to Pudding last year on Christmas Eve. It was freezing cold and to make matters worse, it was pouring rain. Pudding was drenched and his coat quickly turned into mud. Thankfully, RSPCA inspector Sarah Morris found Pudding tied up and shivering before he froze to death.

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Pudding’s coat was so matted around his legs and face that he couldn’t see out of his right eye. His nails were overgrown and he was covered in fleas.

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“The state Pudding was in when I first saw him was so sad, but it also made me so angry that someone had neglected him so much already, just to dump him on Christmas Eve,” said Sarah.

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Sarah rushed the dog to the vet, where it was discovered that he was also very thin and underweight.

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From the vet, Pudding was taken to the Little Valley animal shelter, where he was given a bath, a well-needed haircut, and plenty of affection. And a whole new dog appeared… 

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Pudding was then adopted by a couple with experience in taking care of dogs with a rough past. “We took him on last month and he is such a little darling, he’s settled in great already and it’s amazing to see how much he has blossomed in such a short space of time.” said one Pudding’s new guardians

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“After what happened to him, naturally at first he seemed frightened to be left alone, even for a few minutes if you got up to leave a room, and would start really barking, but he’s coming on leaps and bounds.”

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Pudding has even made some new dog friends. His new parents say they treat him like a king, which we think is exactly how he should be treated! 

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Pudding has his own room in the house for when he needs “down” time and has plenty of stylish jackets to keep him warm and happy. We are grateful Pudding was not only rescued but now has a forever home to live out his days in peace. For more information on how you can help end pet homelessness, click here. And remember to always adopt and never shop for pets!

Image Source: RSCPA/Metro UK