The problem with Bobo was his teeth. At least, that’s what his original owner thought. While there didn’t seem to be anything functionally wrong with his teeth, there were aesthetic issues — instead of having perfectly straight canines and incisors, Bobo’s teeth were slightly lopsided.
Bobo, a 2-year-old Italian greyhound, had been born into a puppy mill in South Korea. His original owner bought Bobo to use him as a show dog. But when Bobo’s puppy teeth fell out and his adult ones grew in crookedly, the owner decided that he didn’t want him anymore.
“Bobo was useless, so he wanted to get rid of the dog,” Ek Park, founder of Free Korean Dogs, the organization that helped rescue Bobo, told The Dodo.
Luckily for Bobo, a veterinarian, Hyun-Wook Cho, who works at the Episode Animal Hospital in Daegu, Korea, heard that Bobo’s owner didn’t want him anymore, and offered to keep the dog at the clinic.
“The vet is really compassionate, and a really nice person, and we bring our rescue dogs to the hospital all the time,” Park said. “The vet thought he [Bobo] would be adopted very quickly.”
But things didn’t turn out this way — no one was interested in adopting Bobo, and he ended up living at the veterinary hospital for an entire year. And every day he spent there, he got more and more depressed. He didn’t want to eat; he didn’t want to drink; he didn’t even want to move.
But then, in March, Bobo’s luck finally changed.
Ms. Jung, a woman who cares for hundreds of rescue dogs at her home in South Korea, came into the vet hospital and saw Bobo in his kennel.
“She asked what was going on with the dog, and of course, the vet told her the story,” Park said. “And she said, ‘You know what? Nobody would be happy living in a hospital like this in a tiny cage in the back. He’s going to die soon.’ And he looked like he was going to die.”
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