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When she saw Amanda's message, she contacted April Moyer at Mostly Muttz Rescue in Gilbertsville to see if she would be willing to help the down-but-not-out puppy find a forever home if she nursed him back to health.

"She was, so I said I would take him," Sampson said.

Sampson has a soft spot for special-needs animals.

"I end up with all the dogs everybody else shies away from," she said. "I've got a mama with eight puppies right now. I end up with the pregnant pitties (pit bulls) or sarcoptic mange (cases). I shy away from nothing."

And the same could be said for Mostly Muttz, which Moyer said has upwards of 100 dogs, many with special needs, placed in foster homes awaiting adoption.

"She really is an angel to these true dogs in need," Sampson said of Moyer. "Not that all of them aren't in need. They are. But there's a scale, and she takes the ones that are on the top end of the scale that need the most help, and there's the least amount of people out there willing to help them."

Sampson said her new arrival from the Donovans was near the middle of that scale when she got him, due to the stigma associated with sarcoptic mange, which made him somewhat undesirable.

She and her husband, Randy, renamed him Tom Wilson after Randy's favorite player on his favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals, who were rolling through the playoffs on their way to winning their first Stanley Cup at the time.

As Tom Wilson's overall health improved, his personality continued to emerge, and after an additional week or so of quarantine, he was integrated into the Sampsons' household, which included six permanent dogs, a semi-permanent foster dog with post-traumatic stress and some foster cats.

"From the get-go, his ability to interact was at a premium," Beth said. "He loved to play with us, he wanted to play with cats. His social skills were intact. Once he was over his physical ailments, he was just a normal, ready-to-go puppy."

After six weeks with the Sampsons, his hair had grown back, he was healthy and active and 100 percent ready for transport to Pennsylvania.

April Moyer met the van upon arrival, and delivered Tom Wilson to the next stop on his journey: one of Mostly Muttz' approximately 50 volunteer foster homes.

'He was happy all the time'

 Amanda asked the vet to do a skin test

Reading Eagle: Don Botch | Mama's boy Gus, with Jackie and Ryan Botch.

Stephanie Penrose of Bechtelsville has been fostering for Mostly Muttz for two years, after starting three years ago with a different rescue to fill a void following the death of her family's 16-year-old dog.

"After we lost our dog, it was just quiet in the house," she said. "We realized we needed a dog in the house, but I wasn't ready to have another of our own, so I thought, 'Let's do this fostering thing.' So we started doing that, and I just love it and have been doing it ever since."

She said her family of four loved their first foster dog so much that they ended up adopting it, and they now have three dogs of their own plus two fosters.

Tom Wilson made three.

"He was always happy, even when he first came," Penrose said. "Sometimes they're a little timid or scared because they've been traveling and they don't know what's going on. But he was just happy all the time. Nothing fazed him at all. He took to everyone right away."

She described him as a fun-loving mischief-maker who likes to run off with unattended shoes.

"I was like, 'No, no, no,' and trying to get them from him, and even then, his tail was wagging," she said. "He wasn't fazed that you were yelling at him or that he was doing something he shouldn't be doing. His tail just keeps going."

She only had him a couple of weeks when she messaged the Mostly Muttz Facebook group seeking another foster to take him for a week because she was starting a second job and didn't want to see such an energetic young pup crated all day.

Marie Rainis, who lives in Lafayette Hill, Montgomery County, stepped up, and a couple of days after that, my wife visited Tom Wilson's page on the Mostly Muttz website, was smitten with his floppy ears and started the adoption wheels in motion.

We arranged to meet Rainis and Tom Wilson at a PetSmart near her home on a Friday morning, without committing to taking him, but she assured us we would fall in love with him at first sight. She was right.

Welcome home, Gus

 Amanda asked the vet to do a skin test

Reading Eagle: Don Botch | Gus relaxes in his yard.

Two days later, we made the official exchange at a local shopping center, and following a long journey back from rock bottom, Tom Wilson arrived at his forever home in Berks County on July 15.

After much debate among family and friends from coast to coast, he was given his forever name: Gus. There's no deep meaning to it. We just think he looks like a Gus.

On July 19, he went to his first appointment at Oley Valley Animal Clinic, where he weighed in at 24 pounds and was given a clean bill of health by Dr. Nicole Hart.

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