Every once in a while, along comes a story that warms the cockles of the heart (wherever they lurk in one’s organism?!).
The story of a plucky little dog is one of those stories. Omid (pronounced "Oh-MEED") is a little, mixed-breed dog who has come a long way, literally and metaphorically. “Omid” means to have hope.
Read on, and when you’re done, we hope you’ll share this story to inspire someone who is a little down or feeling sorry for themselves. Because Omid’s tale puts things into perspective.
Omid’s story came to us through Vet Organics' Facebook page, via his proud “mom” Banafshé (Bany) Alavi. Like any other proud mother, she basks in telling the story of her little one. We were originally planning to condense much of what Bany shared with us, but as we talked to Bany, we soon realized that Omid’s story, like the plucky little dog himself, keeps going. Curl up with a cup of tea and read on. This is one dog that’s well on his way to being an international celebrity, as you’ll soon see, and who does indeed give us hope.
When Omid came to our place, we bathed him and cleaned what must of been years of dirt, sand and things from inside his ears, his back legs still had some open wounds as did his face and around his nose....We were in awe of this dog, the way he just plopped his body into my arms and just basically said, "Okay, I'm letting go..... I'm all yours, do whatever you want to do." And not ONCE did he growl, snap, or act up, absolutely nothing!!! No matter what we did with him, lifting his frail 28-pound body, bathing him, drying him, putting on a doggy diaper, no matter what we did, he just looked at us with the deepest, soulful eyes that shot straight into my heart. I wept for the next 48 hours for the pain and suffering he must of endured. While we doggy sat for him, I wanted to make sure he had everything he needed. So we went to PetSmart together, we bought toys, we bought treats, we went to the park, we showered him with so much love and attention trying to show him that not all humans are evil. Unfortunately, Omid had a lot of stomach issues and it didn't matter what he would eat, whether it was treats or dog food, he would have bad diarrhea. At that time we didn't know this but found out months later via X-rays that while in the streets he ate rocks, gravel.... just anything, and he had really messed up his stomach.
That Monday, when it was time for Omid to go back to Sara and Michael's place, during our drive there, Babak and I cried. After we dropped Omid off, we cried on the drive back home and once we arrived into our place, it was so empty—we would look at different corners of our place and felt how empty his 'space' was. [Empty in a way it had never been before] even though we have 4 other rescues, as we had left our dogs at my parents place while Omid was with us because we wanted to devote our time and full attention to Omid during the weekend.Babak Alipour with the couple's dogs So, around April 2012, when Banafshé and Babak realized they just couldn't live without him, they asked if they could foster Omid. They wanted to make sure all of their dogs would get along, especially as their existing rescues were all much smaller than Omid, and they knew they had to have harmony in the pack, with every dog safe and feeling secure. So for the next month, they started introducing Omid to one dog at a time, and slowly. By the end of May, it was clear there was the well-needed harmony and acceptance amongst the dogs and the couple officially adopted Omid. As Banafshé wrote to us, "Our little pack family was complete. :)" From here on it, rest assured, Omid's life takes a turn for the happy... Read the article about Omid in this issue of @NovaDog. That summer Omid won a contest with the Humane Society and became the NOVA Dog Magazine cover making him the first "Persian" dog to ever be on an "American" magazine. The Humane Society invited his "dog parents" and Omid to their annual Bark Ball Gala, a black tie event at the Washington Hilton, where 800 guests arrived along with 400 doggy guests. That evening, the NOVA DOG magazine cover was revealed and the VIP guest, Omid, was brought up on stage where, as his 'mom' says "he shone like the brave boy that he is."
That night, half a million dollars was raised for the animals. Banafshé shares,
"A camera crew from the BBC had followed us for the day, from us getting ready to going to the gala, and of course the story was OMID from the streets of Iran to the Nation's Capital. ABC7 also did a story on Omid and little by little other networks and online newspapers and magazines started covering the story of this amazing dog named Omid. So many people overseas wanted to know what had happened to this dog, so my husband, Babak, suggested for us to open up a Facebook page for him so many people can be in touch with Omid and his life and well being. Every where we went, Omid's beautiful smile shined and touched many people who would just see him walking in the streets with us. "Banafshé (Bany) with Omid and another family member. There are many, many more elements to this profoundly moving story and the lives he and his new family has touched. Omid now weighs a very healthy 38 pounds, he's thriving! Banafshé notes, "he walks proudly in his wheelchair with his head up, smiling and just spreads his positive energy among anyone he comes across." We thank Banafshé (Bany) and her husband Babak, for allowing us to share their amazing story of redemption for a dog and encourage you to add your comments below. You are most welcome to learn more and follow Omid's continuing journey as an ambassador of hope by joining them on Omid's Facebook page.