Wall-E The Wonder Dog Has New Home

Thursday, June 23rd 2011, 11:12 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma -- He captured the hearts of the world, even a Tibetan monk blogged about him.

Now Wall-E the wonder dog has a new home.

News 9 first told you about Wall-E back in February: how he was put to sleep, declared dead and thrown in a dumpster, only to be found very much alive and well the next day.

Since our story aired, and appeared on News9.com, thousands of people from across the world tried to adopt Wall-E.

Now, Wall-E is truly living a dog's life: a big back yard to play in, trips to the beach, even a new best friend.

News 9 Skyped with Wall-E's new owners from their suburban Philadelphia home.

They were chosen after sending letters and pictures addressed from their other dog, Reeny, who lost her leg when teenagers cut it off with a pair of bolt cutters.

Maryann, one of Wall-e's new owners said the letter had a tone of: "I'm a survivor and I've ended up in this great place and you're a survivor too and wouldn't you like to end up in this great place too and we'll be survivors together."

It was an immediate connection.

"They loved each other from the minute they saw each other," said Shawn, another owner.

There's not even a little jealousy even if Wall-e is still a bit of a celebrity.

"Grown men have asked if they can pose with Wall-e on the street. It's hilarious," said Shawn.

Wall-e's new owners wanted to spread the message of spaying and neutering your pets and the importance of rescuing animals.

Nationally known animal artist Ron Burns has also taken up Wall-e's cause. He is selling prints of a painting he did of Wall-e to raise money for the Murray County animal shelter. Wall-e was originally euthanized because there wasn't room at the shelter.

To buy a print go to www.ronburns.com.