Puppy who stole the hearts of Quad Citians goes home with Davenport family


Dozens of adoption applications poured in for the puppy who stole the hearts of Quad Citians with his survival story, but only one lucky Davenport family can now call him their own.

On Monday, Rudolph’s new family spoke exclusively with Local 4 News.

The 7-month-old Pitbull mix became an overnight sensation after employees at King’s Harvest Animal Shelter in Davenport posted his story to Facebook last week. 

When the previous shelter didn’t have enough room for him, a veterinarian tried to euthanize the puppy, but he woke up.

King’s Harvest took him in, but he wasn’t there long. After sharing his story, they were flooded with adoption applications, including one from Joyce and Mitchell Valentine, the Davenport family who took him home Friday. 

With so many people interested in the popular pup it was a hard choice to make. But Rudolph helped the shelter decide when he met the mother and son duo. 

“Me and my mother and my best friend, we just kind of fell in love with him right away,” said Mitchell. 

Like so many others, this sweet pup’s story quickly captured thier hearts. 

“I was just like okay, alright, I barely know you but man…you’ve just grabbed my heart right off the bat,” said Joyce.

Knowing they were up against dozens of applicants, they knew taking him home would be tough. But when they came face to face with their four-legged friend, they had to try. And when Mitchell learned they were the lucky ones to be picked, they couldn’t wait to take him home.

“It’s amazing and it’s almost a miracle in itself,” said Mitchell. “We know that there were a lot of people who really wanted him, we do…We just fell in love with him.”

And the love hasn’t stopped since. 

“There’s something about this dog that’s meant to be here,” said Joyce. “There’s a plan for him, I don’t know what it is, but I’m glad I get to be a part of it.”

The family says Rudolph, now nicknamed ‘Rudy,’ fits right in. They say he’s becoming fast friends with his new puppy brother, their 4-year-old Pitbull Thatchet. 

“He’s made himself completely comfortable,” said Joyce. “Snuggles up with our pit Thatchet, they sleep together.” 

On Monday, the good boy was lounging in a recliner after a rollercoaster of a weekend. 

 “He’s a very lively dog even though he doesn’t show it very much!” said Mitchell. 

And with laps to lay on and a family that loves him life is pretty sweet for the dog who got a second chance.

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