Last Updated on May 21, 2023 by Pets Feed
When Vardis, a 3-year-old rescue dog who had spent his early years in shelters and foster homes, recently saw an all-too-familiar face, he recognized it almost immediately. It was a really special moment for this dog!
Since arriving at One Tail At A Time (OTAT) in 2021, her rescuers have had no choice but to speculate about her past. All that was known was that he was taken into the care of Chicago Animal Care and Control as a puppy. However, who or what had brought him here remained an enigma.
OTAT was aware of the desperate state in which Vardis had been reduced; they were determined to provide the dog with the care it needed. Thanks to his unwavering support, Vardis overcame his pneumonia and won over all those who cared for him with devotion. Miraculously, after diligent medical care, he made a full recovery!
A dog from a shelter finds his sister
By the time Vardis was healthy enough to be placed in foster care, he met his first caregiver, Lynsey. With that came the comfort of falling asleep in a loving environment and getting enough physical activity to satisfy his busy little mind, all while being curious about what race he really belonged to.
When Lynsey used Embark’s Breed+ Health Kit to examine Vardis’ DNA, she was shocked to learn that her alleged black labrador was actually 50% golden retriever and 45% American bully. He shared this information with Jessica Jones, Vardis’ second adoptive mother, who took him home shortly after.
Vardis’ DNA analysis had little impact on his day-to-day activities under Jessica’s tutelage. He still managed to explore and make new friends, just like in the past.
Jessica told The Dodo:
“I like to call him an extrovert who likes to meet the neighbors and say hello to his friends. Once you meet someone new, that person is a friend for life! When he sees them again, he insists on saying hello and giving himself a little scratch or belly rub.”
One day, Lynsey, Vardis’ first foster mother, opened an email from someone who had done a DNA test on her dog. Surprisingly, Embark’s kinship search revealed that Brunch and Vardis shared the same genetic code!
The dogs, which appeared to be the same age, were from Chicago Animal Care and Control. All indications pointed to Vardis having found his brother. Lynsey rushed to break the news to Jessica, who wasted no time in arranging a meeting between the animals.
“I was a little nervous before the meeting because Brunch’s family had indicated that Brunch can be a little difficult when meeting new dogs, and Vardis has also had mixed experiences meeting other dogs. Vardis is generally a bit strong, which is not always preferred by other dogs.”
“It was great fun seeing Vardis and Brunch come together. They both felt very comfortable with each other from the start!”
Instantly, the two dogs connected and acted like no time had passed. They started playing in the front yard, sniffing each other and wagging their tails enthusiastically, before heading to the back, where they were able to express all their joy.
After enjoying a delicious cheesy snack, the sibling duo said goodbye with a loving kiss. Although they haven’t been together since that play date, Vardis and Brunch’s parents can’t wait to see them play together again.
Although Vardis is eager to reunite with Brunch, he is still waiting for that special home where he can stay forever. Since Vardis does his best as a unique pet, neither Jessica nor the Brunch family fit that profile.
“Vardis likes other dogs, but is probably best suited as a solo dog with lots of dog friends to visit. A loving home with people to cuddle and play with is what Vardis is looking for”
Vardis longs to find his ideal forever family, and until then he will continue to cuddle up to his foster family and bask in all their love.
Finally, the woman says:
“He’s the softest, cuddliest 70 pounds lap dog you’ll find. He really is the best boy!”
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