Ravens 1st Round Draft Pick Adopts A Dog That No One Wanted
If you're a football fan, you'll recognize the 6'6", 315 lb. Ronnie Stanley as the offensive tackle from Notre Dame that was taken 6th overall at the 2016 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Well apparently his heart is as big as the rest of him, because on Wednesday afternoon, he and his girlfriend went to the animal shelter to adopt a dog.
But they had a special request when they got there.
Fair warning: if you're looking to get through the day today without weeping at a beautiful story about loving humans doing things that restore our faith in the world then my apologies, because this Facebook post from BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore is about as sweet and heartwarming as they come.
Here is the text of the post transcribed in case it's difficult to read:
"This weekend, Ravens Offensive Tackle #79 Ronnie Stanley visited BARCS in search of adding a pup to his family. He was accompanied to our shelter by his girlfriend, along with his team mate, Alexander Lewis (#72). When they checked into our front desk, they let us know just what they were looking for--and for a superstar like Ronnie...you'll never guess what requested. "We are looking for dog that's been here a long time and maybe not-so-adoptable." Our matchmakers were delighted. "Not-so-adoptable" can mean a lot of things here...senior pets, physically imperfect, on-going medical and more.
Our BARCS staff showed Ronnie and his girlfriend a few pets that fit his (seriously awesome) criteria. Winter was the lucky dog that caught Ronnie's eye.
Beautiful Winter is a dog who has spent most of her six years of life falling into sad, unfortunate situations. She was found on a vacant property, on a hot day with no electricity, or open windows. She was dehydrated and extremely frightened. Winter has a long, hanging belly, mostly likely a result of over breeding--something we see far too often at our shelter. Due to her age, her belly is not something that will ever tighten up. Female dogs with such characteristics are often passed by in our shelter--but not by Ronnie!
Ronnie's thought on Winter's belly, as recalled by our volunteers: "Well, that's just what happens when you've had babies." He was much more interested in getting lots of face kisses from Winter and falling in love, rather than being worried about the appearance of her tummy. What a great guy!
It was a done deal. Ronnie and his girlfriend signed Winter's adoption papers and took her to her new home the same day. Once a discarded pup, now the doggy-daughter to a Raven. We are so proud to have amazing guys like Ronnie to be role models to the kids in our city. Not only does his single act of kindness make adoption cool, but it makes giving love to an imperfectly perfect dog a 'manly' thing to do.
Have a happy, happy life Winter. <3"
The post also includes a shout out to fellow Ravens OT, Alexander Lewis, who apparently offered to help the staff members of the shelter carry large bags of dog food while his buddy Ronnie was taking their adopter class.
Stop it right now. Did I just become a Ravens fan? What is happening? Stories like this are never anything but necessary and welcome, but this one is particularly inspiring because it comes to us amidst an incredibly disruptive state of turmoil in our country. It's a small act of kindness and humanity in the grand scheme of things, but that's also what makes it so special.
This is just one young family and one one dog, but it makes all the difference in the world to know that a young man who is on the precipice of an incredibly lucrative career is taking advantage of his opportunity to make a difference. Not only did he save the life of a beautiful girl that no one else wanted, but as a celebrity in the community, he has undoubtedly motivated others to do the same.
Three cheers for Winter and her new, beautiful life!
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