Abandoned dog. The power of Facebook

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Abandoned dog. The power of Facebook

My husband was hunting in a private property last October and he noticed a very skinny dog in the yard next door. The dog was so hungry that he couldn’t move. My husband found out with Billy, the owner of the land that he was hunting, that the dog’s owner went to jail and they left the dog behind.

My husband offered to help. He mentioned my community Facebook page and told Billy that we could found that dog a home.

Here was my post:

Abandoned; 11 month old male mastiff. Brown w/ black muzzle. 90 lbs with a big frame. His owner left. He is extremely thin, but still has a great disposition. Big and gentle! He appears to be a pure bred, but its anyone's guess as to where his pedigree paperwork is. Free to a good loving home. Call Billy at 301-xxxxx

Billy received more than 20 calls with people interested on adopting Dexter. Dexter is living now with a nice family! I love happy ends! Sorry about my English, this is not my first language, but I had to tell you this history. It can inspire you to use your social media tools for a good cause! Have a nice day! 


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Susan Thompson-Solomons
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services McNelis Group Properties - Solomons, MD
Southern MD Real Estate-Solomons Specialist

Congrats on the feature Gabriela and what a great way to show how social media can be used for the betterment of the community and mankind - and an extension of your kind hearts!

Apr 18, 2012 02:22 AM #13
Anthony Daniels
Coldwell Banker - San Francisco, CA
SF Bay Area REO Specialist

Bella storia per quel carino cane.

Siete bravissimi per averlo aiutato!!

Apr 18, 2012 02:30 AM #14
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Gabriela, great use of social media to get the word out. Kudos to you and your husband for finding a good home for the abandoned dog. 

Apr 18, 2012 02:41 AM #15
Karen Burns
Sacramento, CA

Gabriela I enjoyed your post. I am happy that with both your husband's and your efforts you were able to rescue Dexter and find him a good home. The world would be a much better place if everyone would put such effort in helping lost/abandoned animals. 

Apr 18, 2012 03:11 AM #16
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I love a happy ending, thank you for sharing.

Apr 18, 2012 03:25 AM #17
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Gabriela,  Great happy, feel good story !  Thanks to all for getting involved.  For me, the most amazing part is that if that dogs' owner came back today the dog would still love him unconditionally !

Apr 18, 2012 04:17 AM #18
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Great story, happy to know that Facebook is putting good use to find this dog a home.

Apr 18, 2012 05:05 AM #19
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Gabriela this is a wonderful, heart-warming story!!  So glad that Dexter found a home ... he is so lucky that Billy took the time to make sure he found a family to love him.

Apr 18, 2012 05:20 AM #20
Judy Jennings
The Green Company - Ashland, MA
Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA

Great story Gabriela. So glad to hear that Dexter has a new loving family.

Apr 18, 2012 06:19 AM #21
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Gabriela - It's amazing the ways that we can use socia media to beneft people and dogs.

Apr 18, 2012 06:51 AM #22
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Sweet story! I am so glad the dog found a good home.


Apr 18, 2012 07:54 AM #23
Paula McDonald
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury - Granbury, TX
Magnolia Realty ~ Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

That picture broke my heart.  So so glad this story has a happy ending.  I am going to give my 2 rescue dogs a big hug!

Apr 18, 2012 08:50 AM #24
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Gabriela,  I love happy endings too and I love your story!  I'm glad Dexter found a good, loving family.  It was a good idea to post it on Facebook.

Apr 18, 2012 11:12 AM #25
Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs

Great story!  I listed the home of a deceased man who had a sweet female German Shepherd.  She was thin even though his sister supposedly came by every day to feed her.  She asked me to help find a home for Princess so I posted on a few places including Petfinder (Facebook wasn't around yet or it wasn't as popular).  We found her new owners pretty quickly and I felt better about that than getting the home sold.

Apr 18, 2012 03:30 PM #26
Gabriela Agostinelli
RE/MAX100 - Leonardtown, MD
your full time agent!

Thank you all for your comments! I will try to get a new picture. I remember that Billy called my husband and said “please take that post off there because I’m getting too many calls!” lol Several good heart families offered him a home and they chose one that had other dogs so Dexter could have a happy environment. More to come…

Anthony Daniels ~ Grazie!

Apr 19, 2012 04:19 AM #27
Ray Agostinelli
All American Home services - Patuxent River, MD

Dexter went to a family in hughesville. They had one dog and wanted another. Billy said that they had a 2nd vacation home on the water and that's where Dexter went on the weekends. Billy said he gained alot of weight! He is a happy dog!

Ray A.rayaap@aol.com

Apr 19, 2012 07:22 AM #28
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Wonderful story, Gabriela.  

Apr 19, 2012 11:09 AM #29
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Thank you and your husband for helping this innocent guy Dexter and may he bring his new family years of joy.

Apr 22, 2012 03:07 AM #30
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Gabriela! It's SO nice to be reading an upbeat story of success!  Dexter is a big beautiful baby--Mastiffs are absolutely wonderful big-hearted dogs....I'm glad he is with "siblings" now, too!

Give your hubby a big hug from his pet-lovin' friends in ActiveRain.

Apr 27, 2012 07:17 AM #31
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Gabriela, like the others commenting on your post, there would be a lovely sense of closure to see a happy healthy dog in a post story photo.

Apr 27, 2012 09:58 PM #32
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