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People Are Freaking Out Over This Dog And His Adorable Backstory

Cadet Oscar climbed up the ranks and into our hearts as Captain Ron.

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Captain Ron's Facebook fame led to his previous owners spotting him and reaching out to Old Friends to share their excitement. They said they had "long given up hope" they would ever see him again.

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"They just saw him on our page and, of course, knew it was their long lost dog right away," Old Friends wrote in a Facebook post. They also shared pictures of Captain Ron before his new life in the sanctuary.

"He went missing about 2 years ago. I really thought he was dead. Every day I was hoping that I would hear about him returning," the overjoyed original owner wrote in an email to Old Friends. "I am so happy that he is being taken care of so well."

"People are very excited. Knowing about Captain Ron’s past makes them love him even more. They are very excited to see photos of him from when he was younger," Old Friends told BuzzFeed News.


Captain Ron, previously named Oscar, is a Great Pyrenees–rottweiler cross who grew up on a farm with cows and sheep, and he's now 13 years old.

His favourite song is "Scarborough Fair" by Simon and Garfunkel, and in a wonderful twist of fate, the sanctuary he now calls home was named after the song "Old Friends" by the very same band.

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Captain Ron's previous owners explained to Old Friends that he is missing one eye as a result of blastomycosis, a fungal disease.

Old Friends told BuzzFeed News that Captain Ron was "a bit of a loner" when he first arrived at the sanctuary.

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Captain Ron was taken in as a stray at a shelter in 2014, and later moved to the sanctuary as he wouldn't survive elsewhere due to his age and poor health.

He has since become an internet phenomenon and a much-loved comrade to his fellow canine residents.


His previous owners now live in another state but are delighted to see their buddy living out his golden years and thriving in such a wonderful home.

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"We work all day and I would hate to take him from where he is now, he looks so happy, and it touches us deeply," they told Old Friends. "Thank you for treating animals like this."

Hattie Soykan is a junior staff writer at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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