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Yan's Rescue Story: MuLan

" I would occasionally encounter stray dogs aimlessly roaming the streets of China. They seemed to increase in numbers during the hot summer days. I would bring them a bottle of water and a small dish of food. Most of them would accept the donations graciously and then be on their way.

There always seemed to be one little puppy who frequented the area. I would catch glimpses of her by the train station, near the outdoor shopping center, but I was never able to get close to her until the third day of seeing her. I bought a sandwich at a nearby Starbucks to give to her. The dog smelled it, took a few generous mouthfuls, drank some water, and laid down.

I purchased a leash for the puppy at a nearby pet shop. The dog was still wandering the streets when I came out of the store. Although she had accepted my food, she was still too wary to remain close. I was worried that I would scare the dog away so I went home. The next day, I returned with a gesture of friendship: mutton and water. Although it was 5 PM, the ground that the dog was lying on was hot. The dog ate a couple pieces of lamb. I made an attempt to scratch her ear. She didn't object so I continued to pet her. After more than three hours, I was able to get the leash onto the dog. A young lady passing by took me to a pet hospital she was familiar with. 

After several tests, I learned that the dog was around two years old, fully vaccinated, had a skin disease and worms. The vet gave me a bottle of medicinal shampoo and medicine to get rid of the worms. I took her home and bathed her.

I came up with a fitting name for this strong and memorable dog: MuLan. 

After a few months of twists and turns, I was finally able to find a forever home for MuLan in Germany. When I ran the door bell, I saw a mother and daughter rush out with tears in their eyes. The next day, the adopted family called me with an urgent tone. I was terrified, thinking that MuLan had escape. The mother instead exclaimed over the phone, "I tell you, MuLan is ours!". She explained to me that MuLan was born on the same day that their previous dog had passed away on: August 1st. When they saw MuLan's photo, they knew instantly that she was meant to be apart of their family.