For a dog living on the streets, life is tough. These strays must be agile and street savvy. One dog managed to survive for over 11 years on his own as a stray on the streets of Los Angeles, but, as often happens when dogs age, he began to slow down.
This poor pooch became exhausted and ill. He took refuge on the porch of a stranger’s home, curling up to take a nap and hoping a kind person lived there.
Thankfully, he picked the right house. The woman who found him didn’t banish him. She took him in and named him Solovino, which in Spanish means, “he who came alone.”
Solovino remained at his makeshift home for days. The woman contacted Rocket Dog Rescue. Based out of San Francisco, this rescue group takes in animals and re-homes them. It embraces dogs who would usually be euthanized at regular shelters.
The well-tempered dog was taken to the rescue, treated, and then put into a foster home. Sadly, his foster placement didn’t last long. Solovino was returned and fostered to different homes for over a year and a half.
When Carol Messina read Solovino’s sad story online, she immediately fell in love with the old boy and decided to adopt him. A life-long Star Wars fan, she shortened his name to Solo.
Messina anticipated Solo’s integration into her home would go well, but the weather-beaten old dog – used to being on the streets – had difficulty acclimating to life with her.
Shy and apprehensive around humans, Solo had trouble believing that Messina would be able to give him the happy and safe life he so deserved but had never experienced.
“When he first came to live with me, he kept his tail between his legs for months,” Messina recalled. “He was very non-reactive to dogs and people and cats, and flinched anytime anyone tried to pet him.”