Once in awhile, real-life Cinderella stories do happen, even for dogs! And now a six-year-old Pit Bull, who had a miserable start to her life, is living like a princess. Who is the prince who came to her rescue? Most likely you have seen him on TV!
The story begins in Baltimore. That’s where rescuers discovered the dog abandoned in a vacant property on a boiling hot day. The building had no electricity or open windows. The poor pooch was so overheated that she was severely dehydrated, clinging to life. Her stomach showed signs of being overbred and long ago lost its elasticity.
Rescuers named the dog, who was scared to death, “Winter.” After she was nursed back to health she was put up for adoption at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS). Sadly, she wasn’t attracting much interest. She was middle-aged, she was part Pit Bull and her tummy wasn’t the most attractive, but of course, none of this was her fault.
Then one day, Winter’s life suddenly changed, a real-life Prince Charming (and his entourage) walked in the doors of the shelter. BARCS told the story on its Facebook page. NFL sports star, Ronnie Stanley, his girlfriend, and his Baltimore Ravens teammate, Alexander Lewis, went to the front desk and Stanley said, “We are looking for a dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable.”
When the staff heard his request they were probably like, “Huh? What? Really? We are thrilled to oblige. Sure, we’ve got lots of not so adoptable dogs! Where do we begin?”
On its Facebook page, the shelter said, “Our BARCS staff showed Ronnie and his girlfriend a few pets that fit his (seriously awesome) criteria. Winter was the lucky dog that caught Ronnie’s eye.”