In all her time volunteering at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter, Sharyn Glowatz hasn’t met a dog quite like Spartacus, a six-year-old Cane Corso with human eyes and a gentle smile. “He would lay down his life for his person,” she says of the soulful animal, who, despite having been passed over time and again, has an open heart and intense love for people.
Spartacus was surrendered to the shelter after living with the same family for his whole life. They wanted him to be euthanized due to chronic diarrhea and seizures, but one look at the pup told the shelter’s resident vet that this was a dog who deserved to live. With proper medications and food, Spartacus’s health has turned around; he’s had only one seizure, and his gastrointestinal upset has vastly improved.
When Spartacus is bonded to someone, he has what Sharyn calls a “deep soul connection.” The gratitude he expresses towards people who show him kindness is palpable. Walks with Spartacus include time for snuggling, and he lives to put his huge head and paws in someone’s lap.
Spartacus doesn’t give slobbery kisses but instead brushes his nose softly against Sharyn’s face, a poignant expression of thanks. When Sharyn leaves for the day, she’s touched to see little spots of drool still clinging to her clothes, a physical reminder of his love for her.
While most dogs rush to the front of their kennels when people approach, Spartacus just waits patiently and watches. His eyes meet Sharyn’s, and they light up from the inside out. The nub where a tail once was vigorously wags back and forth.
While Spartacus is relieved to no longer be suffering from seizures, he is struggling emotionally in the shelter environment. The constant stress of barking and loud noises exacerbates his tummy issues, and it’s not uncommon for Sharyn to find him in his kennel with a bit of a mess. He just can’t control his bowels when he’s living inside a kennel with limited time outdoors, and it’s impossible not to empathize with him. Spartacus is doing the very best he can.
If Spartacus is adopted, his buddy says it will have to be “a really special, exceptional person.” Spartacus will be overjoyed just to have a home, and she guesses, his favorite thing will likely be following his humans wherever they go, even if it’s just into another room.