18-Year-Old Dog Goes to Shelter After Owner Dies, But Then a Man Shows up on a Motorcycle

Posted by Amber King
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Julep's life had been long and happy, and a kind stranger stepped in when she needed help the most.

For 18 years, Julep loved her human, and her human loved her. They grew together as best friends and expected to live happily ever after. But when Julep's owner passed away, the senior dog ended up somewhere she had never been before. Family members weren't able to care for her, and Julep was sent to the shelter.

As one of the oldest, if not the oldest, dogs to ever be brought into the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington D.C., shelter staff worried Julep would spend her short time left on Earth in a kennel. They were determined to find her a new home and took to social media to share her story.

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It didn't take long for Juelp's sweet white face to catch the attention of Wayne Lerch. Lerch's beloved 11-year-old pitbull had recently passed away, and he was touched by Julep's poignant story.

The day after he read about her online, Lerch showed up at the shelter on his motorcycle before the doors were even open. He said he rode his motorcycle so he wouldn't feel pressured to adopt the old dog on the spot--there would be no way to get her home.

But even with his precautions, he instantly fell in love. He told Today;

"I knew right away."

After a quick decision and a trip back home to pick up his car, Lerch and Julep were ready to start their new lives together. The senior dog was given a new name, and Tootie, after Lerch's grandmother, left the shelter a month after arriving.

Shelter spokesperson, Alix John Tolley, said,

"There wasn't a dry eye in the room We see a lot of happy endings and try not to get too emotional. But the combination of her age and Wayne's obvious adoration for his new 'old lady' left us in tears."

It didn't take long for Tootie to settle into her new home. She slept in until 10:30 a.m. on her first day, and Lerch learned she loves walks, pets, and treats. He explained:

"I couldn't let her spend one more night in the shelter. She's saving me as much as I'm helping her."

Lerch knows he won't have much time with his aging dog, but he's determined to make her golden years everything she deserves.

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18-Year-Old Dog Goes to Shelter After Owner Dies, But Then a Man Shows up on a Motorcycle