The first thing you notice about Strodle is that she is huge. She meets the size expectations of her St. Bernard breed and weighs about 140 pounds. Everyone who meets her sees that her physical stature corresponds perfectly to the size of her heart. Gentle, loving and sweet, Strodle is a big old teddy bear. This tender soul has recently undergone some terrible truths that remind us never to take for granted forever.
Stoodle lost her human
Strodle lived all her life in loving company with an elderly gentleman. Neighbors reported the man was quiet and on his own, but everyone around knew he loved his dog. When he passed away unexpectedly late this summer, neighbors assumed someone would come right away to pick up Stoodle and take over her care. They were wrong.
As the days passed and no one came from Strodle, the neighbors gathered to take care of her collectively. They fed her and let her out and made sure she got water to drink. Eventually someone showed up, but they didn’t take Strodle.
Movers came to pack up the house and leave Strodle behind
One day a moving van showed up. Workers were busy packing the entire contents of the house. They carried furniture and locked things in. They filled the truck as they emptied the house. Imagine how confusing this must have been for Strodle. Her human was gone. All of her human’s belongings were carried out of the house. Soon someone would take her too.
After the house was empty, the workers drove off. They left Stoodle on the street. Only. Understanding that Stoodle had been abandoned, neighbors took her safely to the Placer SPCA.
Diagnosed with terminal cancer
While living with the SPCA, someone discovered that Strodle had a large lump. That lump turned out to be cancer. Stroodle showed no signs of discomfort, but the tumor is malignant and will eventually lead to Stroodle’s demise. This beautiful bundle of love and comfort turned from a beloved companion to a homeless and terminally ill orphan. And it broke everyone’s heart.
The Placer SPCA makes a plea on television
The Placer SPCA brought media attention to Strodle’s situation. The warden talked about how gentle Strodle was and how everyone at the shelter has fallen in love with her. They still acknowledged that they were making a pretty big request by asking someone to hire this big girl who has only months left to live.
Stoodle comes home for the holidays
Of the many people who saw Strodle’s story, the Cotton family was the one who couldn’t walk away. After a candid discussion with the young children about Stoodle’s health and life expectancy, the family agreed to meet her.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Cotton family went to Strodle and knew they couldn’t say no. Everyone fell in love and knew they had to take her home to live the rest of her life in their loving care. The next day, that’s exactly what they did.
This holiday season we are so grateful to the Cotton family for opening their hearts and home to Strodle. She will bring so much joy and love to the whole family all her remaining days.
H/T CBS Sacramento
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