With his good looks, short legs, and expressive eyes, it’s difficult not to love, a Bully mix at his old age. While Dukes is a very lovable dog, he had spent most of his doggy years not in one, but several homes.
It was back in 2011, Christchurch, the largest city of New Zealand’s South Island, was struck by a lethal earthquake. Duke, back then, was a young puppy when the tremor occurred and while he survived magnitude shock of 6.2, he got displaced from the family that first took him in.
Abbey van der Plas, Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue Founder, stated to The Dodo that numerous people lost their homes and properties in Christchurch and several rescue groups organized and coordinated amongst each other to send earthquake dogs to different cities.
Duke, becoming one of the homeless dogs after the quake, travelled across the country and made Auckland his new land. Although Duke was finally out of danger, finding a home that he can call his own seemed unattainable.
According to van der Plas, Duke was in at least 4 homes in Auckland, or even more. “No one declared him missing, none of the contact numbers indicated on his chip answered back and not one person came forward to claim him”, she added.
Duke’s luck finally took a turn for the better the moment van der Plas stumble upon his internet ads. The latter made the call that it’s time for the dog to come back to Auckland and find a family that will offer him a retirement home.
Van der Plas reached out to Chained Dog Rehabilitation & Rehoming, an Auckland–based rescue group, to get the senior dog transferred from the Northern to the Southern Island of New Zealand. The moment Duke made it home, van der Plas had no doubt that she made the right decision.
Auckland, where Duke started his life, has always been home. And now that he is back, he has gained so much popularity and various loving families already expressed their intent of providing Duke the retirement home that he truly deserves.
Photo Credits to Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue