A sweet, small dog spent his first eleven years on the streets of Los Angeles. Life wasn’t always easy, but for the most part, the dog was happy and healthy. But as he got older, he started getting sick, and he couldn’t make it on the streets anymore. The pup found a nice porch, and he curled up and took a nap.The woman who lived in the house walked outside and saw the pup sleeping on her porch. Thankfully, instead of kicking him off her porch, the woman let him stay put.
She named him Solovino, which is Spanish for “he came alone.” After a few days, the woman decided to call a rescue organization to take in the pup. She chose Rocket Dog Rescue, an organization based in San Francisco that specializes in finding homes for dogs who would be euthanized at a regular shelter. A few members of the rescue organization flew down and picked up Solovino. At first, Rocket Dog Rescue had trouble finding the right home for Solovino.
Over the next year-and-a-half, the well-tempered but skittish pup went in and out of a few different foster homes. Until, finally, a woman named Carol Messina saw a picture of Solovino online. Right away, she knew that he was the perfect dog for her. “As soon as I saw his face on their site, I wanted to love him,” Messina told The Dodo. “Then I saw that his name was Solovino, and being a HUGE ‘Star Wars’ fan (I have a cat with a ‘Star Wars’ name as well) I immediately thought, ‘Well, his name is Solo!’ Come to find out, that’s what his foster dad had been calling him! I knew it was fate. Then when I met him and saw how sad he was, I knew he was going to stay with me forever no matter what.”