Last Updated on August 12, 2022 by Pets Feed
This homeless dog walks into a house with an open door and ends up finding a forever family.
Emily Jokinen woke husband Jack Jokinen at 4am last Saturday to tell him she had just found a puppy in their home. The couple have a one-month-old baby, so Jack used to wake up in the middle of the night, but soon realized he hadn’t been woken up for it.
According to security camera footage, the dog, named Suzy, entered her Philadelphia home around 3:15 a.m. to seek shelter from the cold. When Emily went downstairs to get a pacifier for her baby, she found Suzy lying on the floor.
Emily woke Jack up to tell him what was going on. Jack came down a bit confused and immediately spotted what appeared to be a small Labrador in his living room.
A homeless dog walks into a house and finds a forever family
The doors and windows were tightly shut even though there was a storm outside, I couldn’t figure out how the dog managed to get in.
Jack told The Dodo:
The first thing I think of is, ‘There must be someone in our house. So I do a security sweep, making sure there’s no one hiding in the closets or whatever. And when I’m done, I’m like, ‘How did this happen? A magical puppy.
The man reviewed footage from the security camera next to the door to his home and observed that when he returned after taking his 2-year-old dog George for his last walk the night before, he walked into home and thought he had closed the door but it didn’t close properly.
When the wind picked up later that night, the front door opened.
In the images, we see the dog going down the street and stopping in front of the Jokinen’s house, sees that the door is open and decides to enter, fleeing the rain, to warm up a bit.
Half an hour later, a passerby passed by the house and also noticed the open door. He checked to see if everything was okay and closed the door.
Without it, Jack says Suzy might not have stayed the night, the man didn’t know there was a dog in the house that wasn’t from there.
We don’t know if it was the light, the heat, the smell of George, that brought him into the house… A neighbor passed by the house later, around 3:45 a.m., and closed the courtesy door, leaving Suzy inside.
The couple dried off the dog and made her comfortable.
They considered handing her over to animal control, but quickly changed their minds when they realized handing her over was not the best option for the sick and homeless dog.
So, they took Suzy to the vet, where they were shocked to learn that she wasn’t really a “pup”, she was about 9 years old. They couldn’t find a microchip, so it’s unclear where he came from or how long he’s been roaming the streets.
Suzy was emaciated, with damaged teeth, lameness from an infection in one of her legs, and covered in fleas and ticks. Suzy weighed only 19 pounds, when she should weigh between 35 and 40 pounds.
The ribs are the most prominent thing you see on her. This dog can’t go back to where he was, even if there was a flea. I don’t know if he was lucky or not, but there was no chip.
The couple decided to help her and keep her.
Suzy Pupdate for 12/18. Thank you all! pic.twitter.com/t367UeBgiW— Jack Jokinen (@JJFromTheBronx) December 18, 2019
Jack tweeted a photo of Suzy and the post went viral. Within two days, she received $15,000 in donations to help pay for the dog’s medical bills. And he plans to donate the remaining money to charity.
Through social media, Jack found the kind man who closed his door that night. His name is Steve Griendling and it looks like this will be the start of a great friendship.
Suzy is safe and happy with her new family. For the first time in a long time, she has a real home.
Images: Twitter / Jack Jokinen
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