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Leo's Big Reunion
On Saturday, September 17, GDG's therapy dog Leonidas saw the shelter workers who helped save his life for the first time in three years. It was pouring rain outside and there wasn’t a dry eye under the tent for the reunion.
When Leonidas was anonymously surrendered at the shelter with his bloody stumps for hind legs, nothing more than skin and bones, in a city with a breed ban and a shelter where pit bull type dogs rarely made it out alive, the staff made a conscious decision to reach out to us to save his life.
GDG volunteer Kellie said, “The weather was cold and rainy but seeing the reunion brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. It was amazing to witness such raw emotion and true love. Leo really is amazing and so are the women who saved him.” Her sister Kari added, “Finally getting to meet Leonidas was so awesome in itself, but seeing the reunion between him and Jayme was one of the most touching things I've ever seen. Hearing Jayme ask him if he remembers her, then watching him give her tons of kisses in response was so sweet!”
Because we’ve had Leonidas for three years and witnessed his unyielding spirit, we rarely consider the brevity of what happened to him. Witnessing the reunion between the women who heard his story firsthand forced us to recognize the horrendous cruelty he suffered. As GDG volunteer Alexandra wrote us, “It was a reminder of why we do what we do, and why we get involved, not only physically, but emotionally as well. It's knowing that each of these little angels will be forever grateful for every detail we devote to them. The reunion made us all cry and share the incomparable joy and satisfaction.” (Fue un recordatorio del por qué hacemos lo que hacemos, y por qué nos involucramos tanto, no sólo físicamente, si no emocionalmente. Es saber que cada uno de esos angelitos estarán por siempre agradecidos por cada detalle que se hace por ellos. Nos hizo a todos llorar y compartir esa alegría y satisfacción incomparable.)
We are forever indebted to the women to saved Leo’s life, and we were thrilled to share the reunion with our team of volunteers. “The emotional reunion between Jayme and Leonidas, made standing in the rain all the more worthwhile – a true reminder of why we volunteer for GDG,” said GDG’s Events Coordinator, Camille.