This is pretty much the same for all sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ dogs. All they want is a sweet loving forever home. But not all of them are lucky enough to get there the first time. But sometimes even doggos face some serious difficulties before they find a real piece of silver in their lives. That was exactly the case for Bandit, who was placed in the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program as a stray but developed some sᴇʀɪᴏᴜs ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍs that left him ᴘᴀʀᴀʟʏᴢᴇᴅ below the waist. Luckily for him, someone with the same problem learned about Bandit and put him in their care. It’s like it’s written in the stars!

Bandit is a ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ dog – he’s been in the Gwinnett ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ Dog Program for about five and a half years, where he lives with fellow inmates who trained him through the ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ dog program in hopes of helping him. I’m ready for a permanent home. However, there is something unique and special about Bandit – he has special needs. The adorable little dog used a wheelchair to get around, something that made his adoption never a success.

In an unfortunate accident, he was ᴘᴀʀᴀʟʏᴢᴇᴅ in the lower half of the waist after ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ. At first it was thought to be temporary but with time it was asserted that ᴘᴏʟɪᴏ ᴡᴀs ᴘᴇʀᴍᴀɴᴇɴᴛ.

It’s just as lucky as the sincerity and lovable side helped Bandit to find his perfect other half in a Georgian family. As his new owner, Darrell Rider, explained, “When you look at Bandit, if he was human, he’s me.”

Darrell knew all that Bandit was going through, as he himself had been ᴘᴀʀᴀʟʏᴢᴇᴅ from his waist down since birth. It was that special connection and similarity that Darell shared with the 10 to 12-year-old Bandit, that made them the perfect pairing.

“Going through what I went through growing up, life wasn’t easy but you just gotta continue going forward. The things I read about Bandit, the videos we saw, he kind of had the same mindset that I had,” Darrell shared.

Even though he felt really at home with the inmates, he seems to have settled perfectly with his new family. “Bandit is doing great, and has settled in better than we could have imagined with his new family and surroundings,” Rider said. “We as his family couldn’t be happier to have Bandit in our lives.”

The big day was a special one for Bandit. It marked the start of the rest of his life in a loving family that would understand and is willing to care for his many needs. And there was even more good news for the adorable dog – not only was he getting a forever home, but he was also going to have three new brothers and sisters as well!

“How can you not fall in love with him?” mentioned Darrell.

Bandit definitely sᴛᴏʟᴇ his new family’s hearts, as well as the rest of ours.