This story just made my day and I am so grateful to Reddit user jugzeh for sharing it with us. Here is what happened, as the Redditor himself describes the events:
This is the story of a puppy I found in a rural town in north Florida on May 27th, 2014. I was there 3 days supervising drilling for work. On day one I noticed an emaciated puppy tethered to a tree next to a mobile home. The tether had about 7-8 feet of room for her to move. I did not see a person come outside until the 2nd day. The inhabitants of the trailer were drug users. The puppy was extremely scared and I tried to feed her crackers the first day but she hid from me. The second day I brought her fresh water and after some reluctance she went crazy on the crackers and turned in to a love bug. At that point I knew I would not leave the job without her. On the third day I knew I would either reason with the inhabitants of the home or come back and cut the tether knowing the risks. The interactions I had with them did not go well, but I managed to convince them to let me take her. I communicated with my local humane society and informed them of the situation. I spent a few nights with her before I had my awesome girlfriend bring her in (I was a sobbing mess). The humane society kept me up to date with her progress. Since she was so young, they entered her in a puppy summer camp with kids to learn basic training. On July 23rd, 2014 I was informed she was adopted to her forever home to a loving family!
I am ecstatic and overjoyed she has a happy ending. Being a small part of getting her the love she deserves is what keeps me going on those rough days. I know there are countless others out there who will not be so lucky. I will continue to do my best to help animals in need and I am making a donation to my local humane society.
Such a heartwarming story, although it makes you wonder just how many puppies out there are not quite as lucky as this one and die a painful death instead…
1. Day 1. There she is on the left! She did not move at all, except when I approached her she hid from me. It poured and she did not move from this spot. I was heart broken (and angry).
2. Day two. I got to the site very early and gave her fresh water and some crackers. She finally let me get close and turned in to a love bug; now I could give her a once over. Visibly in pain, skin and bones, tons of ticks and other bugs, very early onset of mange, and a fat belly full of worms. I don’t think she had much time left as they were not feeding her at all; other folks in the trailer park would drop scraps randomly driving in/out.
3. FREEDOM!!! It took a lot of convincing, but they let me take her. She did a complete 180 in my truck even through her discomfort. Many kisses and snuggles ensued. I estimated her at ~3 months due to her massive paws and razor puppy teeth.
4. This is awesome.
5. “Thank you” I brought her to a local pet shop to get some basics for the weekend (tick shampoo, food, and all that). The girls in the store went nuts and loved all over her. Visually exhausted from all the loving on the ride home.
It might be hard to tell how emaciated she is in this pic, but that “eyebrow” is her skin on the frontal/orbital bone of her eye socket. She had no ‘meat’ anywhere on her body.
6. I only took 2 photos of her at home. It was very hard for me. It was difficult not to give her a massive bowl of food. I gave her small meals and kept her as comfortable as I could. I pulled about 75 ticks and gave her a good scrubbing which she loved. She was heavily panting, pacing, and couldn’t lay down. I could not touch her belly or she would yelp in pain. I stayed awake all that night over 36 hours trying to comfort her.
7. She just stood by the trash can hoping to get more food :(.
8. We’ve got derp! I was in communication with my local humane society the entire time. I often work 60-80 hour weeks and there was no way I could keep her. I had to have my wonderful girlfriend take her in for me. I was a mess – what if they had to put her down? Fortunately, that was not the case 🙂 They gave me updates on her progress. She was entered into a summer camp program for kids due to being so young to learn basic training and was adopted immediately!
9. Looking healthy :).
10. Adoption day! I am ecstatic and overjoyed she has a happy ending. Being a small part of getting her the love she deserves is what keeps me going on those rough days. I know there are countless others out there who will not be so lucky. I will continue to do my best to help animals in need and I am making a donation to my local humane society.
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