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Man Moves To California But Doesn’t Bother Taking His Dog

He abandoned her outside with no food or water — but she’s SO happy now.

When Rubble’s owner moved to California, he didn’t bother taking her with him. He just left her outside his old house in Houston, Texas, without food or water, and only a small mesh kennel for shelter.

The owner had bought Rubble to breed her. But when the 4-year-old American bulldog couldn’t get pregnant, the owner decided he had no use for her — which is probably why he abandoned her so easily.

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Rubble in her mesh kennel at her former owner's property | A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue

After the owner’s departure, a couple of family members quickly realized that he’d left Rubble. They tried calling him, but he wouldn’t pick up his phone. So they reached out for help in the dog-rescuing community, and a woman named Alyssa Aguilar stepped up to help. She and her boyfriend immediately went to collect the abandoned dog.

Sadly, Rubble was already in terrible shape — skinny, malnourished and suffering from a skin condition. Rubble was also covered in scabs from itching her skin. She urgently needed to see a vet.

Malnourished dog standing on sidewalk
Rubble was extremely malnourished when rescuers found her | A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue

“When I first saw her, I was in shock, then got angry,” Aguilar told The Dodo. “I just wanted to hug her and make her feel better. I was very upset that she was sleeping outside with her skin looking so bad. My heart broke for her.”

Yet Rubble seemed to want just one thing — love. “Rubble was in great spirits. She came to smell us and let us pet her,” Aguilar said. “She was such a friendly baby.”

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Aguilar got in touch with her friend, Laura Forma, who organized for A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue to take Rubble into its care. Then Aguilar dropped Rubble off at the vet.

When Rubble got on the scale, everyone got a shock. She only weighed 44 pounds, even though adult American bulldogs should weigh between 80 and 100 pounds, Dr. James Barr, a board-certified vet at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, told The Dodo.

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Rubble being weighed at the vet | A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue

Rubble’s skin condition turned out to be from severe malnutrition and flea dermatitis, and the vet placed Rubble on a treatment plan. Rubble also had an issue with her eyes — the vet suspected it was eyelid entropion, a genetic condition that makes a dog’s eyelids fold inward, and requires surgery to correct.

After Rubble’s vet checkup, she went into foster care with Alyssa Staloch, who will keep Rubble until she’s gained weight and gets surgery on her eyes.

Dog being weighed on a scale
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Despite everything Rubble has gone through — and is still going through — Staloch can’t get over how affectionate Rubble is, and how trusting she is of people.

“She is a very sweet girl who just wants to love,” Staloch said. “She doesn’t crawl in your lap, but she gets as close to you as possible and rests her head on you.”

American bulldog placing her head on someone's hand
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Everyone thinks that Rubble will make the perfect companion for the right family — and they will make sure her next family doesn’t abandon her.

“She is in bad shape, but we know that she deserves a second chance to shine,” Jessica Russell, founder and president of A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. “At the end of the day, every dog deserves a chance.”

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Rubble with her foster mom, Alyssa Staloch | A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue
If you’re interested in adopting Rubble, you can contact A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue.