Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Sends Lucky Dog Home in Luxury Limo

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Dec. 20, 2010) – It’s a fairy-tale ending to an amazing story that had a flea infested beginning. Ripley the dog, 2010’s luckiest poodle, was the canine star of the show at Ripley’s Big Bash! on Saturday at the Houma, Louisiana Petco store. The well-attended event was a send-off party and pet adoption affair in honor of little Ripley going home with his new owners.

Ripley’s helps namesake dog go from homeless hound to pampered pooch

While the lucky pooch is now safe in a loving home, it was less than a month ago he had at best a dubious and short life ahead. Workers at St. John Parish animal shelter in LaPlace, Louisiana, found the beleaguered animal in a ditch; his hair was so matted that he could no longer walk, his fur was full of cockroaches and he was close to being no longer able to eat. The shelter took him to a local vet, who shaved more than two pounds of hair off the dog. The homeless dog was named Ripley because “Believe It or Not!” there was a dog under all that fur!

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After several weeks of TLC and socializing provided by My Heart’s Desire animal shelter, Ripley is a healthy, well-mannered dog who, on Saturday, went home with his new family, Houma, Louisiana residents Joy and Mike Tingle.

Requests to adopt Ripley came in from all over the country. There was even a request from a woman in Brazil who found the story of the wayward canine too heartwarming to ignore.

“We feel like we won the lottery,” said Mike Tingle, noting that more than 50 people were in line for the poodle and hundreds more had shown interest in his adoption. “We visited him a couple times and then filled out the paperwork and waited. It was a wonderful morning when we received the phone call.” Tingle called Ripley a “sharp little dog with a laid-back personality.” Ripley will be the Tingle household’s only pet.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! gave the Tingles a Petco certificate for six spa and grooming sessions for little Ripley, and made a donation to My Heart’s Desire as a thank you for helping save the homeless ragamuffin. The company also supplied a limo so Ripley and the Tingles could go home in style from the Big Bash! Natural Balance is donating 15 bags, a year’s worth, of dog food, to Ripley and his new family.

Ripley’s unbelievable story, which received international interest, will be featured in the 2012 annual from Ripley Publishing that will be published in August 2011. The book is a collection of amazing, unusual and unbelievable stories from around the world.

“We are happy to have been able to help out little Ripley,” said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “His story is one of survival and overcoming incredible odds, and really represents what Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is all about.”

To see little Ripley hours after he was saved in such a terrible state, click here.


 Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Office – 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949

About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (, keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 85 attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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