A big yard with a fence, an overstuffed bed, new collars, and a feline companion await Brooke, the aging black Labrador mix whose plight went viral after a Bristol Township couple found her tied to a rock in a rising Neshaminy Creek.
After sorting through 65 adoption applications from across the county - including Arizona, Florida, Ohio, and Washington state - Bucks County SPCA officials decided Brooke will be headed south to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday to spend her days with her new owner, Diane Bartkovich.
"This was such a perfect match," said Nikki Thompson, humane officer for the SPCA, where Brooke has been staying.
Bartkovich, who saw a YouTube video of Brooke's story, picked up the phone and offered to give the elderly Brooke a "quiet, happy rest of her life," she said.
On March 30, Wyatt and Diane Erb were out for a Saturday afternoon stroll when they spotted the dog calmly lying by the edge of the creek. Wyatt Erb became concerned when the dog didn't budge as the water started to lap up against her. He soon found that her leash had been tied to a large rock.
Brooke, as she was aptly named at the shelter, captured the hearts of dog lovers across the county. She had been neglected, was seriously underweight, and had a large growth on a hind leg.
"She has made remarkable progress," said Anne Irwin, executive director of the SPCA. The ear, eye, and skin infections have cleared up, and the three-pound tumor on her hind leg has been removed, she said.
Brooke would look back at her foot for a short period after surgery, Irwin said, adding: "It must have been an adjustment without her little ball and chain."
One of the deciding factors in the adoption was that Brooke would be the only dog in the home, Thompson said. Brooke is not very tolerant of other dogs but has no problems around cats, she said.
"Brooke likes to be the one and only" dog, Thompson said.
It was love at first sight when Bartkovich and Brooke recently met.
"She walked right up and gave me a kiss," she said. She said the dog was quiet, happy, and gentle.
Other plans include walks, a vet appointment, visits to dog parks, and meeting Kitty, Bartkovich's seven-year-old cat, who showed up at her back door one winter day and stayed.