Rami Trains To Become A Therapy Dog

Posted at 11:16 AM, Apr 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-06 11:16:00-04

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WTXL)--A peculiar looking dog has made his way into the hearts of thousands of people after his picture was posted on the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society's Facebook page, and went viral.

Now we're hearing more of Rami's story. When you take one glance at the face of this pooch, you think he's a pit bull. If you look a little closer, you'll see he has the body of a Dachshund.

Rami is a mix of the two breeds.

With his unusual looks and playful personality, he's become quite the celebrity, and the face of the humane society.

"We have a lot of people calling, wanting him to do appearances for fundraisers and stuff like that," said Terry Mitchell with the Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society. "He really has been a pretty good asset to shelter animals who really need a home."

 Mitchell says someone called to report a stray dog in their yard earlier this year. That's when Rami's story began.

"I was actually the one who picked him up," said Mitchell. "He was off to a distance and he came running in and I said, 'that's a strange looking dog' and didn't think much about it."

Rami is no longer up for adoption, instead he's working to become a therapy dog with trainer Leigh Ann Falconer.

The one-year-old pup is getting used to walkers, wheelchairs, and crutches.

"We just noticed he really enjoys being with people," said Falconer, a trainer with Bark Busters Home Training. "It's what a good therapy dog needs to do, and so we decided to go ahead and get him actually certified as a therapy dog so he can go into hospitals, assisted living facilities and the schools."

With his help, Mitchell says adoptions are up.

"I think we adopted 63-64 animals in one month," said Mitchell. "That's a record."

Rami is now an ambassador.

His message is this: rescue pets are the best.