Ragnar one of those big boys who likes to keep his feelings inside most of the time. For those he trusts the most, he will open up that big heart and let them in. For Ragnar's story, we went to his most trusted friend who asked us to let Ragnar tell his own story. Thanks to her dedication to rescue, Ragnar has a second chance at life. Thanks to her dedication to him, he has a chance to tell you a little about himself, and here he goes:
"Hi everyone, my name is Ragnar. I had a different name before I got lost. I know I must have had a family, but when I was picked up and brought to the shelter, no one ever came. I got sick in the shelter with a very bad cold. For a time, they didn't know if I was going to make it. I'm glad they picked me up and brought me there, though, because they knew someone who could help me, Coastal.
When I first came to Coastal everyone thought I was so much older, some thought I might even be six years old. I knew I was skinny, but I kept hearing the word 'emaciated' from people who saw me for the first time. I was 64 pounds. I did my best to find food when I was a stray, but it is hard.
Now that I have been with my Rescue Family, I have gotten the care that I need, especially the food. I am not that skinny little boy anymore. I am 94 pounds. I don't have the dull coat of fur any longer, and I don't hear 'oh, poor baby' anymore. I keep hearing 'Show Stopper'. I don't know what that means, but it must be good. Everyone who says it has a smile on their face and this look in their eyes. They can tell that I am not four, five, or six. I am closer to a two and a half year old pup.
I keep seeing other dogs come and go. I hear they are going to their forever family. I would very much like one of those for myself. I would love for my home to be a quiet house, one where I can just hang out and follow my mom and dad around the house, watching them do chores, lay down and watch a movie.
I would love for my new family to like balls. I love balls. I don't know why, but the ones I really love the most are blue. Maybe because that is the color of the sky, and I love the sky. At the Ranch (my temporary Coastal home), I get to go swimming in the pool. I love the pool. After I go swimming, I get to sit around the front yard and watch some of my favorite people work and once they are finished, I start running, playing with them, 'Catch me if you can'. When they can't catch me, they move on to other chores, but I get to lay in the yards and watch the birds and see the big beautiful sky. Did you know the sky is blue? I think blue is my favorite color.
My guardians at Coastal don't see the sadness in my eyes that they saw when I first came in. When someone walks up, I start wagging my tail. I know that makes my friends feel good, and I like to make them happy. I wish I could tell them how sad I really am, but I don't want to make them sad too. One day, I will be really happy again. I know they will find me a family. They have promised me that one day when the gates open and I walk out with someone, I will never have to come back. I will be leaving with my family. I think they will keep their promise. Remember, I like quiet home, though. Oh, I would like to be your only dog. You can be the king of the castle, but I really would like to be the only Prince. Thank you for listening to my story."
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