Solo is a stray who has spent his entire life wandering the streets of Los Angeles.
He eventually became too old and ill to run around the streets with the other dogs around the age of 11,As a result, he ended up staying on a woman’s porch until someone came to his aid.
The elderly dog was living on the woman’s porch by himself when she discovered him and named him Solovino, which means “he arrived alone” in Spanish.Since Solo was still on her doorstep after a few days, the woman contacted Rocket Dog Rescue.Because the rescue center agreed to adopt him, he was flown to San Francisco.
Solo was quickly placed in a foster home, where he stayed for a year and a half.He was adopted out several times, but he was always returned.Nobody could figure out why the adorable puppy wouldn’t settle down until Carol Messina came across his photo online one day.
Messina, Solo’s new mother, told The Dodo, “I wanted to love him as soon as I saw his face on their site,” Messina, Solo’s new mother, told The Dodo.”Then I noticed his name was Solovino, and as a HUGE ‘Star Wars’ fan (I also have a cat with a ‘Star Wars’ name), I immediately thought, ‘Well, his name is Solo!’That’s exactly what his foster father had been calling him!I knew it was destiny.Then, when I met him and saw how sad he was, I knew he was going to be with me for the rest of my life.”
Solo was terrified when he arrived at his new permanent residence.He was understandably distrustful of people after a lifetime of living on the streets.
“He kept his tail between his legs for months when he first came to live with me,” Messina said.”He was very unresponsive to dogs, people, and cats, and flinched whenever anyone tried to pet him.”I quickly discovered that his hearing and teeth were MUCH worse than his foster thought.”
The rescue and Solo’s foster parents were unaware that Solo was deaf and that his teeth were in terrible condition due to his advanced age and illness.
He was nervous around people and being petted because he couldn’t hear them coming, and because he was in so much pain from his teeth, he found it difficult to be excited about anything.Solo, on the other hand, changed dramatically after his teeth were fixed.
Solo now enjoys playing and running around, as well as making new dog friends.He appeared to have accepted the fact that this is his life right now and that it will never change, and he appeared to be much happier today.
“People around us are always commenting on how he doesn’t seem like the same dog anymore,” Messina said.”For months, he didn’t smile or even open his mouth to pant, and now he smiles and rolls around and will run full-tilt across the lawn a dozen times a day.”
“I’m quite proud of his development,” Messina said.He has inspired me to adopt more senior dogs in need of hospice care because it is the best thing I have ever done with my life.
“I’m very proud of him,” Messina said.”It’s the best thing I’ve ever done with my life,” he says, “and he’s inspired me to get more senior dogs who need hospice care.”