Man with ALS hopes to find his dog a new home

Man with ALS hopes to find special new owner for his senior dog

A man with rapidly progressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, is hoping that he can help find a new, special person to care for his beloved senior dog, Pawpaw, before he is no longer able to provide his canine friend with care.

John adopted Pawpaw two years ago from California’s Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and since that time, the pair have been inseparable. According to the rescue agency, it was “love at first sight” for John and and the senior beagle mix. John knew that he had the neurological disease when he adopted Pawpaw, but he and his caregiver were assured that if Pawpaw ever needed to find a new home, the rescue group would do its utmost to make it happen.

Pawpaw has been John’s constant companion for two years, but his disease is progressing rapidly; his declining health means that Pawpaw will soon need someone new to care for him. The rescue group wrote:

He contacted Sherri last month with the news that he would like to start the process of finding PawPaw’s new home, a special family that understands that PawPaw will stay with John till he passes – a family that can love him as much as John does.

According to Muttville, Pawpaw has a “puppy-like zest for life and love” even though he is 13 years of age.  John is hopeful that he can meet Pawpaw’s new owner – a special person who will love his dear 4-legged friend as much as he has.

Interested adopters are asked to email the rescue group at info@muttville.org

John has ALS. He asks that his Muttville dog, PawPaw, finds the perfect home.

John has had dogs his whole life. In fact, not too long ago you’d see John and his dog together all the time, even tooling around town on his scooter.Then, around three years ago, John got ALS. Not long after, he lost his beloved dog. He said he thought he’d wait for a while to get another dog, but he couldn’t stand not having a dog, and only a few months later he went to Muttville. He and Sherri Franklin, the founder of Muttville, had been friends for years.The folks at Muttville brought one dog to meet John, then another, and then…boom! John saw Pawpaw, and Pawpaw saw John, and it was love at first sight.Pawpaw is a Wolfhound/Beagle mutt who was about 10 years old when they met. John and his caregiver took PawPaw home with a promise from Muttville that they would rehome Pawpaw if he outlived John.John and Pawpaw are constant companions. PawPaw is always next to John and he sleeps on his dog bed right next to John’s bed. We all agree that PawPaw has extended John’s life and improved his quality of life too!But John’s health started to decline. He contacted Sherri last month with the news that he would like to start the process of finding PawPaw’s new home, a special family that understands that PawPaw will stay with John till he passes – a family that can love him as much as John does.PawPaw is about 13 now but still has a puppy-like zest for life and love. Muttville is looking for someone who will love him and give him that new chapter. John hopes to meet them, too! Email us at info@muttville.org

Posted by Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Monday, February 18, 2019

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5 replies
  1. Addie says:

    Please, someone love PawPaw as much as John so when the time comes, John will pass is peace knowing his dog has a loving family/owners.

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  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    What a wonderful organization to allow this man who thought he only had 6 months to live to adopt his friend PawPaw. I would say PawPaw has given him a reason to go on much longer than the doctors had given him and now Muttville Senior Dog Rescue will find a loving home for his precious dog so he doesn’t have to worry. Bless all concerned. May John and PawPaw have many more days together.

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