Ruff Life: Marlon Brando Joins ‘The Family’

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A stray, infested with fleas and not one, not two, but three different types of stomach parasites. Marlon Brando was headed down the wrong path.

“He was in the shelter for a whole month,” says Dallas Pets Alive! fundraising director Suleika Bloom. “It was the day before he was going to be euthanized that our group decided to get him out of the shelter.”

That’s when Bloom became Marlon’s 'godmother.' “My husband and I took him into our home and fell in love with him,” she says. “He had the most deep intense stare.”

But this was just a foster family. Mr. Brando still needed to find his “furr-ever” home. Dallas Pets Alive! got it, using the “mutt-bombing” method.

“I was at Dallas Market and posted a selfie and got this post back with a cute dog attached,” says Hillary Walker.

It wasn't Marlon, but Walker looked at other adoptable dogs. She found Marlon.

“He actually had a lot of separation anxiety that we worked through,” says Walker. “It was a little bit destructive and a little bit stressful -- actually a lot stressful.”

With some time and some training, Marlon got his act together.

“He has totally opened up. Now he trusts us. He loves playing with our other dog. He’s really sweet,” says Walker.

Good to see that Marlon made it off the mean streets and into “The Family.”

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