(TruthSeekerDaily)  Often the dogs that get rescued from kennels or unprepared previous owners are puppies, and for good reason as they are adorable, but helpless, and need protection from the harsh world of abandonment.  However, there are just as many older dogs out there needing the same love and companionship, but never get it.  These dogs roam the streets, fill the shelters, and live a dismal life.  Each day they hope that day will be their’s to be rescued and receive the attention they desperately need and deserve.

It’s never too late to help a dog in need, which is exactly the moral of the story about Toothless the dog.  This cute canine is about to become your new hero…


One day, Cody Leightenheimer found this little guy. According to him, “I was working at a wood flooring factory a couple months after. I had an entire wing, basically, to myself. One day I was staining some custom furniture for my boss’s getaway Florida home when I looked at the other end of the hangar length building to see a little puppy. I instantly wanted to abandon post and grab the thing for cuddles but I had work to get done. This pup wasn’t having none of that though. He walked up to me and stared at me with his huge eyes. I pet him and noticed instantly that he was flea covered, matted and not in the best physical shape. As I looked closer I realized that he had a lot of gray around his muzzle, ears and face.”Toothless1

“I got him chicken-ish fast food during my lunch because he was so thin that I could feel his bones. I started sending these pictures to my wife planning on pleading to bring him home. I didn’t have to because she beat me to the punch.”Toothless2

“I thought that I would have to herd him away from doors all day until I could clock out and take him home. The little guy fell asleep on the floor and stayed there all day.”Toothless3

When they got him home, they cleaned him up, removing dozens of fleas, and brought him to the vet. His impressive list of existing conditions were: 1. Stunted growth from malnutrition. 2. Cataracts and one small pupil from blunt force trauma to the head. 3. Ulcers in his stomach causing vomiting. 4. Four oronasal fistulas in his mouth caused by his teeth rotting out of his head. 5. Completely deaf.Toothless4

And they landed on him being a Shetland Sheepdog, an age of somewhere between 8 and 12 with a weigh-in of 7.3 lbs.Toothless5

“After a surgery on the fistulas, a strict medicinal regiment, months of spoiling and a family who loved him as much as two children and then some; Toothless (Nickname added by our Five year old daughter because of her love for How To Train Your Dragon) Rooster Cogburn was a dashing elderly gentleman in the vein of Sir Ian Mckellen and Christopher Plummer.”Toothless6

Following this, “Toothless” was treated like royalty, living the good life he deserved, protected by Cody and his wife Kasie.Toothless7