Larry the Labrador Gets a Second Chance After His Family Leaves him in the Dirt

By: Nathan Grant

When Larry the Labrador’s family moved away and left him behind, he stuck around their family home waiting for them to return. As months passed by, Larry made a little ‘home’ for himself in the dirt aside a landscaping business across the street from his former family home.

Larry the labrador

He relied solely on the scraps of food from passing truckers.

A local delivery driver always saw poor Larry as she passed by on her delivery route. As it became more and more clear that Larry was homeless, she made him a profile on Instagram to help bring attention to the poor 8-year-old dog.

Sasha Abelson, president of Love Leo Rescue, saw Larry’s Instagram profile an immediately reached out to volunteers in Larry’s area.

Larry the labrador
Source: Love Leo Rescue

“As soon as we saw [the posts] we said, ‘Just get the dog to us, we’ll take care of the rest,’” Abelson explained to The Dodo.

Volunteers picked Larry up and delivered him to Los Angeles.

They found that Larry had a bloated stomach, many missing patches of hair, and a difficult time walking. On top of that, he looked defeated and sad. Yet despite this, he wagged his tail for his rescuers.

The local vet diagnosed Larry with Cushing’s disease, a disease caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland. This accounted for his lack of energy, grumpy, and sad demeanor. But Love Leo Rescue though that there had to be a sweet boy under all that.

Larry lived at the vet for a month to help treat his disease. “In that time he was kind of sad, and a little depressed and reactive with other dogs,” Abelson said, “so we weren’t sure if he could live with another dog safely.”

Soon enough, and as Love Leo Rescue predicted, Larry began feeling better and even enjoying the company of other dogs. He moved from the vet to a dog daycare facility, and Love Leo Rescue began searching for his forever home.

Searching for His Forever Home

The search for his home was tough. “Not everyone wants a dog with an automatic expense attached,” Abelson said. “And he doesn’t like being alone, but he’s been abandoned, so we can’t really blame him for that. He’s just a happy, grateful dog. He just wants someone to take care of him and be there for him.”

The rescue group tried out three different forever homes for Larry, but he was always sent back. He just needs a little extra love and attention.

Larry the labrador
Source: Love Leo Rescue

“He’ll literally push up against you and ask for his head to be pet and his ears to be scratched,” Abelson said. “He’s not pushy, but he’s very affectionate.”

Abelson continued, “Some dogs have a bad experience or are abandoned and it scars them for the rest of their lives, but with him — he’s just so sweet, he needs someone to realize that. It’s a little bit like a Cinderella looking for her slipper. We know they’re out there and we’re willing to wait for the perfect person.”

Larry the labrador
Source: Love Leo Rescue

To learn more about this special boy visit Love Leo Rescue, and be sure to share his story with others to help him find his perfect forever home.

Update! Since sharing this story, Larry finally found a new home. Larry is curled up in a soft bed and surrounded by people who love him. You can read more of his story here on Instagram.

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