Every one in a while, a foster dog comes along that you know will remain part of your heart forever. In this case, it was a scrawny, terrified, 3- legged little boy from China, who without a doubt was saved from a horrifying future.
Right from the start, one of his greatest fans, Sam, captured amazing videos and pictures of Leo, and said he had the "heart of an angel." His forever family has re-named him Leo Zhanshi, which means "brave warrior" in Mandarin. There are no greater truths about Leo than these, and it has been an absolute honor to be his foster mom.
Leo was adopted a little over two weeks ago, and as his foster mom, I would normally write his final update. However, his forever mom has shared her family's love for Leo, and I think there is no better way to conclude RAGOM's part of his journey with a clear picture of what his forever future holds. It is bright, it is shiny, and it will be filled with the love and patience of a very strong family.
Thank you to every single member of the D. family (pets included!) for seeing everything that is amazing in this special boy, and providing him with the home that we all know he deserves. He's a very lucky boy to have found you:
"We love Leo and are so happy to have him join our family! From the moment we met him, he stole our hearts and he has this way of looking right into your eyes as if to say, "thank you for being my family!"
We kept his name, Leo. With everything he has gone through coming from China and losing one of his back legs, we thought it would be important to add to his name. He is now Leo Zhanshi, which means brave warrior in Mandarin. He is a brave boy, and he doesn't really seem to realize that having three legs is a deficit--he runs, plays fetch and loves to play in our backyard!
He still doesn't like to go for walks on leashes, but we will continue to work on that, with a goal of making it to the dog park across the street from our house. For now, he has plenty of run space in the backyard, which he litters with all of his toys!
His favorite place in our house is sitting by our sliding glass doors looking out at the yard and checking for bunnies and squirrels. He and our six year old Golden (also a RAGOM dog), Kody are becoming friends. Kody was a bit hesitant at first, but Leo is a persistent guy! They now will play and enjoy the snow in the backyard.
Our cats Joey and Maddy mostly keep their distance, but Leo is more interested in playing fetch and finding ways to get outside. He still whines and gets really excited and tries to nip at us, but we just distract him with a toy or offer for him to go outside.
He is a good eater and is very interested in the dinner making process; sometimes he looks up at you with his soulful eyes as if to say, "what about me?" We resist, but he is very persistent with his puppy looks!
At night he has been sleeping in our son Jack's room in a crate. He seems to prefer this because it's confined and seems to give him security. We have tried a few nights to let him sleep anywhere, but he has started barking at squirrels or "noises" and wakes up the whole house. The crate at night seems to be a good plan for all of us for the time being.
Overall, Leo is doing fantastic and is an amazing addition to our family! He is currently sitting by my feet as I write this and just loves to be around people. He is lucky because Lou works from home and the kids are home for distance learning so he has lots of company! Thank you RAGOM--you are an amazing organization and we are so thankful to have Leo and Kody in our lives!
Carey, Lou, Emily & Jack & of course...Leo Zhanshi & the rest of the furry family at Leo's house"