‘Saddest Dog’ Needs A Real Home And Her Story Has Set The Internet On Fire

Her name is “Lana,” and she is known as the “saddest dog in the world.” Lana, who was born the runt of a litter to a street dog in Mexico, initially rose to internet fame back in 2015 when a photo, taken by Lisa Burchell, was posted to social media and picked up by The Dodo.

In September 2016, Rescue Dogs Match, a non-profit group based in Ontario, Canada, explained how the pretty retriever mix first got her designation as the world’s saddest dog:

The first furever family stepped forward to give her a real home when she was five-and-a-half months old. Mom, Dad and kids were willing and ready. But it was a short lived stint. Lana snapped at Mom over food. Even though she was sweet and silly and ready to do anything for her people, the family decided the possibility of inadvertent harm to the kids outweighed their desire keep Lana. The only available option her rescue team had at the time – back to the boarding kennel.
To have had and lost, that was too much for her to bear. She just shut down, the Saddest Dog In The World.

The Dodo’s story about Lana resulted in an outpouring of attention for the heartbroken dog – as well as thousands of applications from people who clamored to adopt her. The rescue group explained what happened next:

The press attention was enough to break her out of the kennel and into another foster home. It was temporary, but it was out.
Her foster family helps reassure her that she need not protect her possessions anymore. Her rescuers continue to provide her with professional training to build her confidence.
Cautiously, months later, her rescue team accepts an application for a second forever home. No kids this time, lots of dog knowledge, with an understanding of all she has been through. A secondsecond chance. A solid four months, her people follow the training advice, she is a good dog, still a young dog, sweet and silly.
Yet a mistake happens. The fall out of which is heart breaking. She loses her second forever home. She is back to the boarding kennel.

On May 5, the organization posted a statement on its Facebook page which has caused a great deal of concern, and turmoil:

May 14 is Lana’s Birthday ( she will be 3 ) Please help find her a Foster or Forever home. Lana only has until May 20th

People who read the concerning message asked if Lana would be put down – and the answer was “perhaps.” The boarding kennel where Lana has been staying is full and the right home for Lana seems almost impossible to find.

The founder of Rescue Dogs Match told The Dodo that Lana isn’t a dog that people can snuggle and cuddle with – she’s fun, but she wants a job, not to be someone’s huggable companion. The rescue group described Lana’s “ideal” home on its Facebook page:

The best environment for her would be a horse or hobby farm where she can be outside most of the time “helping” her person with the chores around the property. She LOVES to be outside no matter what the weather. For cold winter days a quality winter coat would keep her cozy. Lana loves to be part of whatever is going on but not in “tight” quarters. The best family for her would be a mature couple or person that has the time, patience, determination and commitment to help her become more confident. A family that would arrange controlled play dates with other dogs, without food or toys around. A family that has a routine she can rely on, and an active lifestyle that would banish the thought of endless hours in concrete bunkers with nothing to do.

The recent viral internet attention on Lana’s plight has resulted, once again, in a flurry of adoption applications. This week, the rescue group stated, “Dear all, thank you for your support and help to share Lana’s story. We are currently reviewing all the adoption applications and will be posting updates soon.”

Perhaps this time around, Lana will find the “perfect” home which has eluded her for far too long.

Find Rescue Dogs Match on Facebook here.

Watch a heartwarming video, a Poem To My Foster Dog, here.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.