Stevie Wonderful Named Pedigree Foundation’s Rescue Dog of The Year

The Pedigree Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit private foundation dedicated to finding a solution for the literally millions of homeless dogs in the U.S. The organization does it’s work through providing grants to shelters and other rescue organizations so they can do their work to save the lives of dogs who would otherwise be lost.

The Foundation, through its many outreach programs, also encourages people to volunteer, adopt and donate. One of it’s initiatives is sponsoring the Foundation’s Rescue Dog of the Year. This year their unanimous pick is a blind border collie named Stevie Wonderful.

Stevie has had a truly incredible journey. He was spotted trying to get across a busy six-lane highway, dragging behind him a full four feet of heavy, rusting chain that was wrapped like a noose around his neck. Suffering from fleas, ear mites, mange, heart worm disease and malnutrition, Stevie had likely suffered a previous head injury, which had rendered him blind.

He was taken to a Border Collie rescue organization who gave him the intensive medical and psychological care he needed to recover and then finally adopted by a wonderful couple. Stevie enjoys his life to the fullest and also serves as a canine greeter at the Cleveland Clinic, where his friendly demeanor lends support to those in need as they come through the clinic’s doors for treatment or with family members or friends who need care.

Stevie Wonderful is a reminder and a special light for dog lovers of all stripes, as here at WoofPost we honor his courage, his resilience and his contribution to humanity. Stevie, you are indeed Mr. Wonderful! You can read more about Stevie at the Pedigree Foundation’s website here.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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