6-year-old Winter was found locked in an empty house on a hot day without a single window open. Dehydrated and exhausted, the poor dog was frightened when the rescuers from BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland approached her.
“She was in there with no food, water or fresh air for a week,” Bailey Deacon, director of communications at BARCS told The Dodo. “Winter had been eating the drywall,” Deacon said. “[It’s unclear] whether that was because she was starving hungry, or as an attempt to escape.”
Winter had a long, hanging belly which might have been a result of over breeding, the shelter wrote on Facebook. Things were not looking great for Winter, as, due to her age, her belly was not something that would ever tighten up, and female dogs with such characteristics have a little chance of being adopted. However, for Ravens offensive tackle #79 Ronnie Stanley, Winter’s saggy tummy was nothing to be worried about.
“We are looking for dog that’s been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable,” said Ronnie to BARCS staff when he came to the shelter
Needless to say, the rescue’s workers were thrilled as older, not so good-looking dogs are often passed by and, luckily for Winter, she was the one that caught Ronnie’s attention.
Ronnie wasn’t put off by Winter’s hanging tummy. The guy was much more interested in getting lots of kisses and cuddles from her!
“Well, that’s just what happens when you’ve had babies,” said Ronnie of Winter’s belly
It was love at first sight and Ronnie took Winter back to his home the very same day
Winter also got a new sibling Rocky, Ronnie’s other pup!
“And here she is! Winter, now named Lola, happy at home with the Stanley family”