Julep’s story is all too widespread. The senior Pit Bull-type canine discovered herself within the care of Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) in Washington D.C. on the finish of February when her aged proprietor handed away.

What set Julep aside – and made rescue employees frightened for her future – was the truth that the white-faced gal is 18-years-old, the eldest canine to enter the HRA shelter in latest reminiscence.


The workers have been understandably involved that nobody could be keen to undertake a canine of such superior age. It broke their hearts to suppose that the candy, chocolate Pibble may be destined to reside out her remaining days inside a kennel, misplaced and confused as to how her beforehand completely happy life slipped away.

If it weren’t for an incredible man named Wayne Lerch, which will very nicely have been how this story ended. Thankfully, Lerch noticed Julep’s story on the HRA Facebook web page and sprang to motion. The very subsequent morning he was ready exterior the door when the shelter opened.


Lerch wasn’t constructive that he and Julep could be a match, so he took precautions to verify he didn’t make any snap choices. The leather-clad biker with the handlebar mustache arrived at HRA on his bike, figuring out it might stop him from taking Julep dwelling then and there.

You see, Lerch was nonetheless reeling from the dying of his beloved 11-year-old Pit Bull, Jasmine in December. The two had a particular bond, and he wished to be sure that the identical spark was there along with his subsequent canine. Lerch advised TODAY.com that as quickly as he met Julep, he “knew right away.” Apparently the sparks have been flying!

Wayne Lerch by way of Facebook

Well they present up in your life when they’re presupposed to. Everyone, meet Tootie, after my Grand Mother and tutti-fruttie. I simply wish to say thanks to Pinups for Pitbulls for serving to me discover my great companion. https://pinupsforpitbulls.org

Lerch promptly biked dwelling and returned along with his automotive. As the brand new greatest mates walked out of the shelter collectively, there wasn’t a dry eye within the room.  Alix John Tolley, spokesperson for Humane Rescue Alliance stated:

“We see a lot of happy endings and try not to get too emotional. But the combination of her age and Wayne’s obvious adoration for his new ‘old lady’ left us in tears.”

After only a few days collectively, it’s clear that Lerch and Julep – who he renamed Tootie after his grandmother and the sweet, Tutti Frutti (as a result of Tootie is a deal with hound!) – are an ideal match. Miss Tootie has settled proper in to her new dwelling, and Lerch has discovered that her presence helps him heal from Jasmine’s loss.

He is aware of that they seemingly won’t have an excessive amount of time collectively, however Lerch plans to profit from each second. For now, Tootie is wholesome, completely happy and full of affection, and he intends to present that love proper again to her each day for the remainder of her life!

“I couldn’t let her spend one more night in the shelter,” he advised TODAY. “She’s saving me as much as I’m helping her.”

H/T to Today.com
Featured Images by way of Facebook/Humane Rescue Alliance


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