Adopted boy pleading for adoption of senior dog with help from Central Texas dog ranch

A young boy teaches us that it doesn’t matter how long you have had something, or someone, for your love to run deep.

Robbie Gay’s heart is so big, maybe because he knows what it’s like to be broken.

Robbie, 11, was severely abused and neglected by his birth family, sometimes requiring hospitalization.

From the age of three, he was placed in six foster families before being adopted at the age of seven in Florida.

Robbie’s new family has welcomed an elderly dog ​​named Buffy. He supported Buffy during her last moments, even when it was uncomfortable. He didn’t want Buffy to be alone, wanting his heart full until the end.

Together, their family has brought 10 senior dogs so far. Buffy may have had the strongest bond with Robbie, but it was another dog, Randall, who changed what it meant to him to trust someone.

His mother, Maria Gay, had found Randall in a ditch and treated him. The same type of care was also needed for Robbie. He was so traumatized that he had trouble sitting still.

“Children heal, dogs heal, and they heal each other,” Maria said. “The only time that day Robbie stood still for a second was when he was sitting next to Randall.”

At first, Robbie was troubled by his mother’s kindness in helping Randall, after suffering so much abuse. His mother remembers his curiosity.

“So you mean you haven’t passed it?” he asked him. “You saved him?”

“I said yes,” Maria said.

Robbie kept asking about Randall’s story every day. His family refers to older dogs as their “seniors.” Although Robbie is only 11, he sees himself in old age, he knows exactly what it’s like to not feel wanted.

“They want babies, because they want to see their first words and stuff,” Robbie said.

Robbie dreamed of a place where older dogs have their own sanctuary, a place where they are valued no matter how old they are or what they’ve been through – a place that makes them feel what he felt with his new family.

Believe it or not – a place like this exists here in central Texas.

Living Grace Canine Ranch in Bertram is home to 128 senior dogs. Some of them are blind and deaf, and some are in hospice, but one thing remains the same, once they get to the ranch, they stay on the ranch.

Rhona Minardi is the founder and director of Living Grace. Her story begins after her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“When the doctor diagnosed her that she only had a few months left to live, she sat there, very stoic, and she looked at me and said ‘but who is going to take care of Lucy’?” said Minardi.

Sometime later, Minardi was taking her own dog Blaze to daycare while juggling three jobs. At the daycare, there was a donation tree. She realized the need was only for senior dogs and with her mother in mind, she felt called to action.

“I have to build a place for them to live the rest of their lives,” Minardi said,

There are over 100 dogs here, but none of them are puppies.

“Here at Living Grace, when we introduce dogs into our lives, we stay with them forever, they can never escape, we try to keep them as safe as possible,” said Henry Kopp, president of the Living Grace Canine Ranch Buckaroo program. “Dogs have bad homes, bad parents, dogs can come here to have good homes.”

And that’s exactly what Robbie wanted – an underdog.

After hearing Robbie’s story, Minardi tracked down her parents and asked if she could take them to Texas. In early August, he spent a few days working at the ranch.

“It’s his dream to do exactly what we’re doing here, so what better way to bring him here to the ranch and show him that he’s not the only one with this compassion, but that he’s got it. inspired so many others,” says Minardi.

For an 11-year-old, Robbie knows a lot about love.

“It’s not what you’ve done or what you’re going to do, it’s what you’re doing right now,” Robbie said.

Robbie will change the lives of so many dogs and humans because his parents took a chance on him.

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