‘Solo’, a deaf dog, had lived on the streets of Los Angeles (USA) all his life. When he was about 11 years old, he finally got too sick and ran through the streets with the other dogs, so he went to the entrance of a woman’s house and decided to stay there until someone came to help him.
The woman realized the older dog was scared, which she found alone on her porch, and decided to call him Solovino, because he “came alone.” After a few days had passed and Solo was still living on her porch, the woman contacted Rocket Dog Rescue who agreed to take care of him and they took him to the city of San Francisco.
After arriving at the rescue center, Solo was placed in a foster home and stayed with several friends for a year and a half. He was adopted many times, and all those times he came back.
No one could understand why the loving dog couldn’t find a home that would stay with him forever, until finally, Carol Messina found his photo on social media.
Solo’s new mom Carol told The Dodo:
«As soon as I saw his face on the site, I wanted to love him. Then I saw that his name was Solovino, and being a huge Star Wars fan (I also have a cat with a ‘Star Wars’ name). I immediately thought, “Well, his name is Solo!” I found out that this was what his foster father had been calling him! He knew it was destiny. Then when I met him and saw how sad he was, I knew he would stay with me forever, no matter what.
When Solo first came to his new forever home, he was terrified and very shy. After living on the street all his life and then jumping from house to house, he was very careful with people, and didn’t seem to trust that this house would finally be his last.
“When he first came to live with me, he kept his tail between his legs for months. He was very unreactive to dogs and people and cats, and flinched every time someone tried to pet him. I quickly learned that his hearing was much worse than his parenting thinking, as were his teeth.
As Solo was already very old and ill, the rescue center and his followers had not realized that he was basically deaf, and that his teeth were in very bad condition.
Not being able to hear people approaching him was the reason he was so anxious about people and pets, and his teeth were causing him so much pain that it was difficult for him to be enthusiastic about something.
His mother decided to postpone a little surgery he was supposed to do, so that Solo’s teeth could be repaired immediately, and once they did, he suddenly became a totally different dog.
Only now he loves running and playing anywhere and everywhere, and he even loves meeting new dog friends who cross his path.
He has a best friend named Bailey, who lives in the same apartment complex, and he runs all the way to Bailey’s apartment to visit him. He is so much happier now, and he seems to have accepted that this is his life now, and it will never change.
“People who live around us are always commenting on how he no longer looks like the same dog. He didn’t smile or barely open his mouth to even gasp for months, and now he smiles, rolls, and runs outdoors a dozen times a day.
Carol also found ways to help alleviate Solo’s anxieties caused by his deafness. Now he’s wearing a harness that says he’s deaf every time they go out, so people won’t pet him without asking. She always turns the lights on and off when she walks into a room, so he knows she’s there and won’t freak out if she walks up behind him.
He only has several health problems, but he is happy to live his golden years with his new mom, enjoying every moment he has left. His mother is even planning to move into a new house without stairs, so Solo can get around more easily as he gets older, and so he can adopt even more veteran dogs in the future.
«I am very proud of his progress. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life, and it has inspired me to get more veteran dogs that need hospice care. “