It’s never too late to help a dog in need and give it the love it deserves. Most of the time we hear about puppies being rescued, but older dogs can benefit from it just as much. The story of Toothless proves just that. This is the tremendous bond that formed between Cody Leightenheimer and the dog he gave a second chance… and the life it deserved.
“I was working at a wood flooring factory a couple months after. I had an entire wing, basically, to myself. One day I was staining some custom furniture for my boss’s getaway Florida home when I looked at the other end of the hangar length building to see a little puppy. I instantly wanted to abandon post and grab the thing for cuddles but I had work to get done. This pup wasn’t having none of that though. He walked up to me and stared at me with his huge eyes. I pet him and noticed instantly that he was flea covered, matted and not in the best physical shape. As I looked closer I realized that he had a lot of gray around his muzzle, ears and face.”
“I got him chicken-ish fast food during my lunch because he was so thin that I could feel his bones. I started sending these pictures to my wife planning on pleading to bring him home. I didn’t have to because she beat me to the punch.
According to Cody, everyone’s new hero: “I never thought I could love a pet as much as I loved him; as much as we loved him. Everyone who met him instantly loved him. His vets, our friends, a theater full of patrons when he performed a walk-on role in a play. He truly was one of a kind. We hope that we gave him enough good memories to wipe out any bad ones that came before.”
I’m sure the memories made with Cody and Kasie were the ones Toothless remembered most. Such an incredible, bittersweet story to share with everyone.
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