The staff at Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR) were thrilled when they learned about Dax, a 20-year-old Weimaraner who was recently given up by his family. While BDRR helps all types of dogs, they hold a special affection for Weimaraners, as the organization was founded by a Weimaraner enthusiast. Natalie Rubino, BDRR’s digital marketing director, explained that the ranch began as a Weimaraner rescue in Florida and they are always eager to assist when a Weimaraner is in need. The case of Dax, however, was particularly unique.
The local animal shelter got in touch with BDRR regarding Dax, after realizing that he wouldn’t be able to thrive with them due to his age and size. BDRR, being a cage-free rescue, was the perfect place for Dax to receive the care he needed. Rubino reveals that since Dax would never have done well in the previous shelter’s environment, they decided to meet halfway and bring him back to BDRR. Upon arrival, Dax was given immense love and care by his new team of caregivers who even set up a special bed for him in the director’s office, given his senior status.
Dax’s arrival at the shelter surprised everyone, as they expected him to be inactive and lethargic. However, he proved them wrong by picking up a bone which became his favorite and trying to share it with other dogs. Despite his age and size limiting his mobility, Dax made lifelong friends at BDRR. His fellow shelter mates were often recipients of his playful antics, but when he wasn’t sharing his toys, Dax could be found lounging on his bed in Simmons’ office. The staff members regularly checked on him through the window, and he became somewhat of a superhero in their eyes, with many fans.
After a short period, BDRR decided to accompany Dax to his new home, where they were joined by a resident dog trainer to help the siblings adapt to one another. However, it turned out that they didn’t need any assistance at all, as the three siblings instantly hit it off. According to Rubino, “it was like something supernatural,” as there were no issues with the dogs’ compatibility. This experience has rekindled Dax’s spirit, and he is now more active and motivated, trying to keep up with his playful siblings.
Despite his best efforts, Dax is unable to keep pace with his siblings due to his arthritis and difficulty walking. However, he has received some good news in the form of BDRR’s commitment to cover all of his medical needs for the rest of his life, which includes providing him with a wheelchair and an orthopedic bed.
BDRR, or Big Dog Ranch Rescue, has a history of rescuing animals from different parts of the globe experiencing various situations such as natural calamities, war-torn areas, and pets given up by their owners. Dax’s case is just one of the many instances wherein the organization has helped change an animal’s life. The group rescues around 5,000 dogs annually and they go wherever they are needed. Robin Friedman, the chief development officer of BDRR, stated that Dax’s story is exceptional. However, it represents all the work they do and all the dogs that they save.
Dax’s story received an overwhelming response, which surprised the people at BDRR. Despite finding a permanent home, they hope that adoptive families will consider adopting one of Dax’s buddies at the shelter. No one knows how much time Dax has left, but he is sure to live a life filled with love until his last breath. He spends his days swimming with his mom or lounging on his favorite couch with his siblings. For the BDRR staff, Dax’s story is very rewarding, and they all love him deeply. If you know someone who might be interested, please share this article with them.