For 66-year old Cleveland resident, Angeline Dzadony, feeding and trying to get close to a stray dog for two years was just part of her daily routine. Finally on Christmas Eve 2013, Cici, the lonely dog accepted the Good Samaritan’s help and went home with her.
Dzadony first saw Cici in 2011 and thought the dog belong to someone, but after spotting the dog every day, the caring woman realized the pet belonged to no one. She later learned the pet had been abandoned by her previous owners when they moved away.
“It would break my heart,” Dzadony was quoted on PawNation. “She just looked so alone, sitting there like a little soldier…waiting for her owners to come back.”
For two years, the caring woman would visit the pet, bring her food, make conversation, and try to get close to dog, but not matter how much she tried, the dog was always unwilling to trust the human.
This all changed on Christmas Eve when the Good Samaritan told the pet enough was enough.
“I went up there with a leash and collar and told her, ‘We are going home. This is your Christmas present.’ And it was like she knew it was time to get off the streets,” Dzadony said.
Cici now has a loving owner and two sibling pets, a black Labrador named Shadow and Babe the shepherd. Since entering the Dzadony’s household, the former stray has adapted to her new role as a house pet.
Living on the streets for so long left a mark on Cici. She suffers from heartworms, but fortunately for her and her new owner, the community has come together to help pay for the dog’s medical costs.
People have been inspired by the story, especially by Dzadony’s heroic act of caring for the abandoned pet for so long even after the canine seemed indifferent to her rescuer. Donations surpassing $500 have come in, and many people have sent pet store gift cards to help with food and other living needs.
Cici has started her heartworm treatment and is expected to receive a clean bill of health once the treatment is completed.