Evan, a dog rescued from the second-largest dogfighting ring in U.S. history, also goes by Toothless. This is because Evan spent most of his life on a chain, and his rescuers suspect that with little water, food, or shelter, he chewed at his chain in constant distress over the years. His foster family now fondly refers to him as “Toofers.”

Toofers has benefited from living in a foster home with other pups. When he first joined his new foster family, he was labeled as “not good” with other dogs. Yet, one of the other rescue dogs living in the house, Emmett, helped Toofers learn to be around dogs again. Toofer’s foster dad, Charlie Stephenson, says, “It was amazing to watch Emmett’s ability to calm and reassure Evan.”

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Delectable treats at Camp Stephenson. Source: Heather Stephenson

In order to give their pups — a combination of adopted and fostered dogs — a bit of extra fun, Evan’s foster parents decided to create “Camp Stephenson,” held in their backyard. The camp was everything you could hope for, including delicious hot dogs, s’mores, and sweet summer corn.

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Campers Evan, Penelope, and Emmett. Source: Heather Stephenson.

Evan, who is a senior pup estimated to be about 9 years old, wasted no time gobbling up the food at Camp Stephenson.

Related: 7 Questions for a Pup Rescued From A Dog Fighting Ring
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Merit badges at Camp Stephenson. Source: Heather Stephenson

After s’mores, camp directors led activities for the puppy campers, complete with merit badges.

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Proud Emmett with Camp Stephenson merit badges. Source: Heather Stephenson

Emmett and Evan were both quite decorated by the end of camp, according to Heather Stephenson, Toofers’ foster mom. Stephenson told us:

“Toofers’ merit badges included: family; napping; letter writing home; and bravery.”

Evan/Toofers certainly has a lot to be proud of, including the way he’s learned to love his foster brothers and sisters. He wrote his letter “home” to his other foster family, who he splits time with:

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Evan the Survivor wrote a letter home during camp last summer. Source: Heather Stephenson.

Although Evan has two foster homes — Heather Stephenson says they “can’t get enough” of him and that he is “beyond loved by many families” — he is still looking for a forever home. You can learn more and apply to adopt him through Twin Cities Pet Rescue.

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Evan the Survivor with Camp Stepheson merit badges. Source: Heather Stephenson

You can see even more of Evan’s antics on his Facebook page, and the fun that his whole furry family has on their Land Hippos page.

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