And so this dog and his lifelong friend may actually see a double happy ending.
But in any case, his former owner will have this peace of mind. Sir Blacky isn't just going to live out his days surrounded by love, but also bring more joy to the hearts of so many others - like the knight in furry armor Sir Blacky was raised to be.
Ortiz and her friends are longtime volunteers at the California branch of the Easter Seals - an organization that offers day care programs for seniors, adults and people with disabilities.
"Sir Blacky will go to work every day," Knepps says. "And it is their hope that they will be able to reunite with Sir Blacky's owner once she has recovered."
This old dog's heart may be sore. But it couldn't be in better hands - the kind of hands that are used to helping people in need.
If you would like to help dogs like Blacky find a home, consider supporting the Front Street Shelter here.
You can also take home a pet for the holidays at Adopt-a-Pet.com.