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Rescue Dog Knows How to Comfort Sick Baby Girl

By PetcoFoundation on Mar. 28, 2017

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A special dog adopted from Angels Among Us in Georgia soothes a baby who suffers from severe food allergies. Baby Alodie's mom Romily Bernard tells the story about how their rescue dog Tripp comforted her infant when she was at her sickest.

"When we adopted Tripp from Angels Among Us in 2014, his foster mom said our boy really wanted his own family. Watching Tripp run around our house for the first time, I agreed. He seemed delighted with his new home.

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Tripp was our sixth rescue, and by this point, we were well trained. We knew which toys to buy. We knew he wouldn’t need a dog bed because he would be sleeping with us. I took him to reader events and he video bombed almost all my vlogs. We had a great time.

In 2016, our daughter Alodie was born. Lots of people will tell you that love at first sight doesn’t exist, but those people are wrong. The moment Tripp laid eyes on Alodie, he was smitten. 3 am feedings? Tripp was right there next to her. Dirty diaper? Tripp alerted us. Alodie became Tripp’s purpose in life. We laughed.

652042740-IMG_2961_edited-for-blog.jpgThen Alodie took a turn for the worse. We now know she has severe food allergies, but the five months leading up to the diagnosis were agonizing. There were many nights when we could not comfort her and many days when she was inconsolable. Pain robbed our baby of sleep and peace.

During those times, Tripp refused to leave her side. He burrowed close, rested his chin on her legs and let her fingers knot in his fur. It worked like magic. With all her attention focused on the dog, Alodie’s breathing slowed. Tripp didn’t stop Alodie’s stomach from revolting, but he soothed her in ways we couldn’t. Alodie began to look for Tripp all the time.

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Tripp is 20 pounds of fluff. He isn’t a dog who will save the world, but he’s already saved the world for our little girl. That’s the thing about rescue dogs; they give back far more than they receive.

When Alodie asks about her babyhood, I will have so much more to tell her about than the joys of first steps and first words. I also will be able to tell her about the fuzzy, little dog who loved her first and how they made it through those first few months of life together."

Learn more about how you can help save lives by visiting the Petco Foundation.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Romily Bernard won Angels Among Us in Alpharetta, Georgia a 2016 Holiday Wishes award. 


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7 Comments
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by Becky Hranicky
‎11-25-2016 08:51 PM

AAU is an awesome organization! 

AAU is an awesome organization! 

Posted on Nov. 25, 2016
by Marie Patty
‎11-28-2016 06:05 PM

Angels Among Us is well organized and the volunteers work hard to help you find the right dog, Cindy Vaughn is the wonderful foster mom for our dog, Mintie. She kept her for 4 months while she was spayed  and healed of heartworms. I highly recommend AAU. 

 

 

Angels Among Us is well organized and the volunteers work hard to help you find the right dog, Cindy Vaughn is the wonderful foster mom for our dog, Mintie. She kept her for 4 months while she was spayed  and healed of heartworms. I highly recommend AAU. 

 

 

Posted on Nov. 28, 2016
by Kim maul
‎12-08-2016 10:12 AM

Love this group and all they do for pets

top notch

Love this group and all they do for pets

top notch

Posted on Dec. 8, 2016
by Christine wojtylko
‎12-17-2016 03:01 PM

Wanna vote for Tripp. I can't find submit button. Ty.

Wanna vote for Tripp. I can't find submit button. Ty.

Posted on Dec. 17, 2016
by Community Manager
‎12-17-2016 03:13 PM

You can vote for Tripp by selecting Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc on this page: https://www.facebook.com/PETCOfoundation/app/126231547426086/?app_data=%7B%7D 

 

Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the green 'submit' button.

You can vote for Tripp by selecting Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc on this page: https://www.facebook.com/PETCOfoundation/app/126231547426086/?app_data=%7B%7D 

 

Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the green 'submit' button.

Posted on Dec. 17, 2016
by Tillie
‎12-23-2016 04:52 PM

Great organization!!  Thanks for all your hard work in helping all the animals that you do!!

Great organization!!  Thanks for all your hard work in helping all the animals that you do!!

Posted on Dec. 23, 2016
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