16-Year-Old Dog Makes Incredible Transformation After Rescue From Shelter

A 16-year-old German Shepherd mix named Bear was suffering from dermatitis when he was rescued from a shelter and taken in by an experienced foster parent. Renamed Norman, he slowly regained his health with love and attention. “Norman is nearly deaf, so he didn’t really know that I changed his name,” Norman’s new mom noted.

She fosters dogs from a shelter in North Houston and writes, “They [the shelter] know my weakness is the senior dogs. The least I can do is give these abandon guys a soft place to sleep, food and TLC. In return they give me a new appreciation and meaning in life.”

Norman Bear’s transformation was captured on camera from his time at the shelter until he recovered.

Reprinted with permission from DogHeirs.com.

Bear’s Kennel Card at BARC


Day 1 Freedom Ride



First day – Napping already


First week



Normie’s favorite spot.


Finally! New coat and fur!



“Fostering for a shelter is very tough, but I try and look at the positive and know that I am doing all I can,” she adds. In the case of Norman, she says, “Norman has taught me a lot…I hope everyone can experience a senior dog’s love.” She told DogHeirs, “I love my Norman/Bear”.

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