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Terminator Dog still needs a home

By 03.14.11

Haha, I love you, animals who look like movie characters.  I’m going to lay all my cards on the table here, folks: I always, ALWAYS prefer animals-who-look-like-movies news to actual movie news.  Dog that looks like George Clooney > George Clooney.  Every time. It’s dog science.

Fresh off the heartwarming news that an abandoned cat who looks like Voldemort was able to find a home, comes the heartbreaking story of a Terminator Dog who still needs one.  It turns out he looks like that because he suffered third-degree burns in a house fire.  I also assume he’s naked because his people lacked the technology to send his clothes through time.

County fire fighters brought Hachi into Affordable Animal Hospital in Torrance with third-degree burns covering over 60 to 70 percent of his body. He was nothing but a sweetheart from the time he was carried in – black and charred with the pads of his feet literally falling off. Long weeks of treatment and recovery followed the initial day the fire fighters rescued Hachi and the vets at Affordable Animal Hospital kept him alive. Luckily, he responded well to treatment and luckily for someone else, he is ever so sweet. He will make a certain someone or family a very special companion. He is loyal and a totally devoted animal. [Petfinder]

This story was picked up on Geekologie and a bunch of other sites last week, but the Petfinder page is still up, so I have to assume he has yet to be adopted [UPDATE, 1:40 ET — Still not adopted].  Maybe it’s because of the name. “Hachi?” Ehhh.  Maybe don’t let the shelter workers give the dogs kooky lesbian names anymore. But it’s an easy fix. Throw a C on the front of that and put a red bandanna around his neck and, BOOM!  67% cuter.  The other possibility is that Terminator Dog already has been adopted, and they’re just keeping the page up as a bait-and-switch technique.  “Oh, Hachi?  Sorry, he just got adopted, but might I interest you in a legless chinchilla?”

While we’re already on the subject of dog stories, here’s another awesome one:

After six years of loyal service, Graham Waspe was devastated when his guide dog Edward was left blind after developing cataracts. But his devastation turned to joy when his replacement Opal turned out to be a real gem. Mr Waspe’s new dog is not just aiding his owner to carry out everyday tasks, but also helping Edward to get around. [DailyMail via Guyism]

My God, this story is so adorable I just grew a vagina and queefed a Lifetime movie.  I know some people might call me “unmanly” for fanning my face with both hands while I hold back joy-tears, but look at those things!  It would almost be worth being blind to have two lab dogs that are best friends.  Think of the songs you could sing about them on acoustic guitar!  “Buddies Forever” would be just one title.

Who would’ve ever thought a story that began with a seeing-eye dog having his eyes removed would have such a happy ending?


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