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Reston Pet of the Week: Bodie

by RestonNow.com — October 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm 3 Comments

Meet Bodie, this week’s Reston Pet of the Week. Here is what owner Melissa has to say:

On Dec. 1, 2013 my cousin in Ohio sent me a photo of Bodie. Bodie was found chained to a tree, abandoned, in Kentucky, and was being transported to Northern Ohio and needed a home. Bodie was named Hendricks at the time and the rescue group (National Great Pyrenees Rescue) said that when they found him, he was only 28 lbs, extremely malnourished and had a lot of matting of his fur so they had to shave him down completely.

He needed a “furever home,” and my cousin knew I was still torn on getting another dog because in the summer of 2013, both my yellow lab doggies, Landon and Aspen, had passed away. I wasn’t sure I was ready for another dog in my life. That all changed though the minute I saw Bodie’s picture and read his story, my heart melted and I KNEW I had to rescue him soon.

I went through the whole adoption process with the National Great Pyrenees Rescue foundation. They knew Bodie was part Great Pyrenees, but they didn’t know what his mix was at the time. On Dec. 23,  I received the call I had been waiting for that I would be interviewed soon to see if I was fit to adopt Bodie.

On Dec. 24 , I was interviewed in person and then later that evening I was told that I was approved to adopt Bodie. I was ECSTATIC!! It was the best-ever early Christmas present!  My boyfriend Dave and I made a long, 16-hour roundtrip drive up to Ohio and back in one day on Jan. 4 (Bodie’s “gotcha” day)!

Bodie is now 59 lbs. His health is perfect now and his personality is shining through. We figured out he must have just turned one around March (you can tell by his teeth and playful demeanor). He is part Great Pyrenees, part Chow Chow (he has the purple/black tongue).

Bodie now has gorgeous, thick, beautiful fur/hair and is the most outgoing, sweetest soul of a being anyone’s ever met. He is smart, he has been easy to train and he has been an unbelievable joy and has truly changed my life for the better.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet.

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.

  • MsMolly

    What a great story you have to tell about adoption and saving an animal, mazel to you!
    He’s beautiful too..

    • Melissa Silverman

      Thank you MsMolly 🙂 he’s been an absolute blessing to us!

  • Steve Rogers

    During Obama’s first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by 11,000 per day.

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