Tihomir Transformed: Stoic Survivor in New Home

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Starved to the brink of death, a stoic Bulgarian Shepherd has defied the odds, making a miraculous recovery and prompting praise for the shelter workers who went the extra mile to save him.

Update (3/13/12) Tiho is home.

From Animal Rescue Sofia:

The happiest of ends has come for the saddest of stories. Tihomir – the doomed Bulgarian Shepperd that we took in last summer sends greetings to all that love him here in Bulgaria.


Tiho explores his new territory

Tihomir’s new name is Goober and he has his private little ranch – a few acres of land, his own swimming pool and a gardener! My goodness, we so wish that we could show these photos to the people who abandoned him to die just 6 months ago…


Tiho greeting his friends

Our regards to our colleagues at Ovidefarm, Holland who are working miracles for the dogs in Bulgaria!

Update (1/31/12): Tiho has been adopted! We received a brief note from Animal Rescue Sofia that we thought you would appreciate.

Dear Life With Dogs,

Tihomir has an adoptive family waiting for him in Holland. He will be leaving Bulgaria on 02.02.2012 and should be in his new home 3 days later.

He has been rehomed through a wonderful Dutch organization we work with – the kind team of Ovidefarm. Mrs Selma Loos who runs the facility has personally taken the initiative to find the best of homes for Tihomir after his scary ordeal. We were hoping to rehome Tihomor in Bulgaria, but so far there hasn’t been a single local inquiry for him.
This is the website of the kind people in Holland who are helping us rehome some of our dogs: http://www.ovidefarm.nl/baasje-gezocht

Kindest regards and one more time – thank you for spreading the word about our work,
Stella

From his rescuers:

Look carefully. This is the tormented body of a golden heart – the sweetest and kindest of dogs, abandoned to die by his humans – ill, miserable and alone.

Now look again.

Could it be? Is it really the same boy we are seing? Yes! He came to Animal Rescue Sofia in the end of August. We have been caring for him ever since.

Today we proudly present to you – TIHOMIR IN ALL HIS GLORY – healthy, happy and completely recovered:

Tihomir has been absolutely amazing. A kind, gentle soul – he is like a little puppy learning to live and love. He is a big, clumsy boy, 1.5 years old and totally baby-like. He is so playful, so curious, so friendly – everything is new and interesting to him.

Having lived on a chain for a year, then in the shelter clinic for another 6 months, Tiho is absolutely mad about people, hugs and walks. He will play non-stop with you. When the weekends come, the volunteers give him time to romp around and he embraces the opportunity to have fun.

A recent video of Tiho at play.

Sofia Rescue says Tiho is a miraculous angel, and that the family who chooses him will be adopting a big, friendly teddy-bear. Of course, given his location (Bulgaria) the majority of our readers will not be eligible to apply for the opportunity to adopt this four-legged wonder, but there is still a way to help: donate.

Like most animal rescue organizations, Animal Rescue Sofia relies upon donations to fund operations. In other words, the money you send has a direct impact on the welfare and safety of unwanted Bulgarian strays like Tihomir – and so many others left to fend for themselves.

We encourage you to support Animal Rescue Sofia with a donation, and to share Tihomir’s story: in a world rife with cruelty and apathy, his is a journey that bears repeating, and his recovery is a testament to the dedication of those who showed him kindness when he needed it most.

39 thoughts on “Tihomir Transformed: Stoic Survivor in New Home”

  1. Thank God someone has given him a second chance. I wish the people who did this to him could have the same thing happen to them. This is cruelty at its worse! Tihomir, I hope you live out your life just as curious and fun loving as you are now. You deserve complete happiness!

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    • I agree with Paula, what they did to this poor baby is disgusting!! To think that someone thought it was right should also be chained up and never fed and left to die!!!! Karma it will get them, we all have to answer at one point!!!

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      • I agree with you Kathy they should be chained up just as they did that poor baby .Thank God his is alive .

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      • God did not starve him…..humans did….god sent the amazing workers who found him and saved him…..great job keep up the good work

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        • Yes, I love your comment!! God did NOT starve this dog–humans
          did..and yes, God did send out help for this dog-so good caring humans could heal him! Whoever said that God did this–obviously
          does not have ANY faith–believing in God is a gift, and unfortunately not all people get this! It is so easy–if only people would allow God into their life! There are no tricks to this-just believe that there is a God-and he will come into your life to change it for the better! God gave everyone free will–so if you are not willing to believe in God-this is your loss!! God gives unconditional love to everyone who believes in him. It’s a walk that you take all your life–it’s not always easy–but you have to say-
          I can’t do this alone–I need God’s help! And that my friend is the
          start to a new road of Christianity! Remember-Satan also roams this Earth–but the Good Lord will protect you when you ask!
          I wish this individual to rethink his or her comment.

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        • Some folks just refuse to believe that they/we/humans are responsible for the unimaginable cruelty in the world. Bless their hearts, to be so innocent!

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        • So god let the bad guys starve the dog, then sent the good guys to save him. Which side of your god do you like?

          Biblebabble

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      • No, God sent his/her angels to find him and make us realize not to be indifferent to our pets’ neglect and horrific situations some ‘sub-humans’ make our pets live.
        So happy for you, baby! May your life be full of love!!!

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      • Pretty much. And the people saying God brought the good people who saved him… Well didn’t he also technically bring the same bad people who tortured him? -.- He “created” everyone, so he created the bad people too and allowed them to torture poor innocent amazing creatures.

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  2. Omg i’m so glad that he survived. I want to adopt him!
    I’ve read this story with tears in my eyes. Sad and happy tears!

    With love,

    Ellen

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  3. Im constantly amazed at the spirit of dogs when this happens and that they are happy and friendly after. I’ve fostered several dogs that I wasn’t sure how they would be but with some love and care they have become fabulous family members. He is a beauty, God bless Ani Rescue Sofia and the people who are loving him

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  4. good to see him getting the care he needs and hope he is well taken care of for the rest of his life. Makes a person think maybe an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth was not such a bad idea when you see something like this has been done to an innocent little helpless puppy, for no other reason except “they can” because the dog can’t talk or fight back.

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  5. THAT MAKES ME ILL HOW COULD THEY DISCUSTING PPL I HAVE JUST SAVED A DOG FROM THE SAME FATE BUT SHE WAS LUCKY AS U FOUND OUT SHE WAS JUST LEFT TO DIE A COUPLE OF DAYS INTO HER ORDEAL IT WAS 10 DAYS BEFOR ANY ONE CAME TO THE HOUSE AT ALL JUST LUCKY I LIVED NEXT DOOR TO FEED HER SHE NOW LIVES WITH MY DAUGHTER AND WE WALK HER EVERY NIGHT SHE IS A WONDERFUL DOG HER NAME WAS CHANGED TO LACEY AND SHE IS LOVED

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  6. God Bless the Beasts and the Children. The love I have inside me for any animal is more than what I have for most humans. Just want everyone who has pets to know that if you don’t take good care of them; Someone (like me)
    might just repo them and find them a real home. So please….Love them more than yourself because you are their whole world.

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