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At A Glance
Please welcome to America....Geppetto! Geppetto was named after Pinocchio's kindly old puppet-maker, but we're the ones he's got on a string. We have fallen hard for this senior gentleman, who showed up one day at the gate of a Turkish volunteer who lives near Ayvalik, a town on the Aegean Sea. Geppetto had clearly been neglected. His coat was caked with mud, and ropey mats hung miserably from his tail and hindquarters. He'd suffered so long from a chronic ear infection that draining fluids had formed their own horrible mats alongside his throat. When we took him to the vet, we expected to hear the worst.
But surprise -- Geppetto's blood work showed an unexpectedly healthy dog. Though his rough appearance suggested a dog of 12 years or more, his blood work pointed to an age closer to 8. As Geppetto remained at the vet so his poor ear could receive professional treatment, Turkish volunteers searched for his owner -- with no success. Geppetto was homeless.
Then we posted his photos and story on the RAGOM volunteer Facebook page, and people fell in love. "He's a red Golden," everyone said. "He's Golden for sure."
Maybe, maybe not. But RAGOM has rallied around him, so he's a Golden now. He has come to America, where he can receive the best treatment -- or possibly surgery -- for his ear. We'll find Geppetto a home of his own, with a family who will love him, and he will quickly forget how he was once so neglected.
As with all labors of love, we rely solely on donations to bring these sweet souls into RAGOM and pay for their vet bills. Geppetto would so appreciate your generous sponsorship or donation in any amount. Thank you! His status will remain as "unavailable" until we sort out a few medical issues. Please watch G's page for his next update to be posted after a visit to the vet.
Mary and Carl
Anonymous "In loving memory of Geppetto's friend, Walter 16-071TD"