Not exactly a poster dog for adoption when many shelter visitors are frequently fixated on eternal puppyhood.
No, Lester had been around the block. And it seemed his last block would be at a small cell at Miami-Dade Animal Services.
The Akita mix was put on death row. His ticket was punched for Monday at 4 p.m. - the scheduled hour for him to be put down.
But for perhaps the first time in his life, the clock paused for an old dog.
A last-minute appeal on social media spread the word about this seemingly no-luck dog. Miami-Dade hadn't gotten around to Lester's appointment yet. Often at shelters, a dog's assigned time for being put down is flexible. It can happen any time after that designated hour.
And then hope, on the unsteady, weak legs of an old, discarded dog, managed to spring eternal.