Holden was seized by the police and ended up at a kill shelter. Holden’s former owner said
he was old as dirt. He just looked so sad and defeated
that I felt like I had to rescue him. We didn’t know what
was wrong with him. The vet did x-rays, there was a seven
pound tumor attached to his spleen. It was so large that
he could barely breathe. They weren’t sure Holden would even
make it through the surgery because he was so weak and emaciated. But the surgery ended
up going fantastically. – There, that’s good. Okay! – The tumor was removed
along with his spleen. And it turned out to be benign. – Look at you wagging your tail! Okay, let’s go! I have now fostered over 500 dogs. Once they’re happy and healthy
we put them up for adoption and find them their forever homes. He just got home from
a long car ride from the vet, and now he’s very, very, very thirsty. Go meet your buddies! (Barking) I’ve got dogs in and out
because I pet sit and I foster. About fifteen different dogs. – Look at all the waggy tails. – We brought him into the backyard
and introduced him to everyone and he could not have been more
well-tempered with all of the dogs. – This is Holden, he just got here. – Hi Holden.
– Hi buddy. – He did fantastic. He did well with my
three year old daughter, he did well with my cat. – Holden, sit. Shake. – He did well with my husband. Wow! For Holden’s adoption,
I would love someone that has the time and ability to
give him a lot of attention. He deserves it. Oh, honey. Okay,
you can do it. Good boy! The first time Holden came up
my stairs, it made me so happy that he was finally getting settled in, and wanted to be where I was
and where the other dogs were. He’s going to curl up on that
little, itty bitty dog bed. Come on!
Want to go for a walk? Holden is going to meet someone
who might want to adopt him. – I’ve been following Holden’s journey. And I live in a house with
Elway, who is a lab mix. – I do want it to go well. Carole would be a fantastic
home for Holden, and he deserves the best. We’ve got a lot of dogs here
between pet sitting and fostering, and I just think that he’d
get more attention there. – I’m really excited and anxious. It’s like Christmas morning. Hi Holden! Oh my goodness, you’re so cute! – You like her, don’t you buddy? – Holden, can you shake?
Okay, sit. Oh my goodness, look at you!
You are so smart! Holden nuzzled his head into me
and just wanted attention. He just wanted to be pet. – His little tail just thumping. – Do you think maybe you
found a new home? Huh? I think so. Holden came from an
unfortunate circumstance. He needs a new beginning, and a home where he’s going to be
loved and part of the family. Melissa, I hate to leave him. Look at him. – Do you think Holden’s going
to become a member of the family? – I definitely do.
We can make it official. You’re going to fit in just perfect. (Barking) – Oh look, it’s your new mommy! – Hi sweetie! – He recognizes you.
Look at his little tail. It’s so cute!
– Aw, hi pumpkin. Hi! – Just to see him now holding his
head up and wagging his tail is extremely heartwarming. You’re officially Holden’s mommy.
– Yay! Come on, buddy. Come on. – We all love him very much, but I know he’s going to a pretty
fantastic home with Carole. And I know he’s going to
have very happy days. – Good boy! His prognosis may not have been
very good in the beginning, but he fought and recovered. And he’s doing great. He seems really anxious and
excited to see what’s ahead. We’re almost home, buddy. You’re going to meet your brother. Come on, bud.
Good boy. I know. I know. Are you ready to go inside and meet Elway? You’re going to meet Elway?
Come on, Holden. Hi Elway, this is Holden. Say hi!
Hi! Elway, come here.
Do you want to meet Holden? Do you want to meet your new brother? Oh, don’t squish him.
Oh my goodness gracious. He’s much more interested
in people than he is dogs. Elway, do you want to
show Holden his new bed? You could tell he was a
little bit unsure at first because Elway has such a huge presence. Come on, Holden. You want
to check everything out? Look at your bed, bud. Is he in your bed, buddy? He went straight over to Elway’s
bed instead of his bed. I think he made himself
at home right away. Come here, buddy.
Come here. This is for you, Holden. This is all yours.
That’s yours. Okay, we’re going to switch bowls. Because we know everybody
else’s is always better. Okay, everyone want to go out?
Let’s go out. That is supposed to be for Holden. What do you think?
You like your yard? What do you think of
your new baby brother, huh? What do you think? I just want Holden to know that
this is his forever home, and that will never ever change. Good boy! He can just make himself at
home and be comfortable. He snuggles right in.
He knows that he’s home. Holden, are you tired? Yeah, it was a big day today, huh? It’s absolutely incredible
what he’s been through. He’s a fighter, that’s for sure.