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After 5 Months in Dirt Field, Delicious Rescue Unfolds for Dog

After 5 Months in Dirt Field, Delicious Rescue Unfolds for Dog

Written by Annette Puskarich of California

This is the story of Buddy. I learned about him while visiting family in Bakersfield earlier this month when my sister, an animal advocate, showed me a video story that a local television news station had produced about a white dog that had been abandoned in an agricultural field in Bakersfield. The video was dated November 2012. She told me that the dog was still out in that field. I couldn’t believe that I was being shown a video that was two months old and the dog had not been rescued yet.

Buddy had been sitting in the middle of the field, day after day, like he was waiting for someone to come back for him. People said they had seen him in the field as early as August 2012.  No one ever came back for him.

When the local television station did their story on Buddy several people tried to catch him by doing crazy things like trying to throw a net over him and chasing him in all-terrain vehicles, which terrorized him. People left food and water for Buddy in the field for months.

When I heard about Buddy, I told my sister I would try and rescue him. I had watched many Hope For Paws animal rescue videos. I decided to use some of the strategies I had seen in their videos. I came armed with hamburgers. It took me 7 ½ hours over the course of 2 days to catch Buddy.

Day 1: I was able to walk within 20 feet of him then I would sit down in the dirt and scoot toward him a little at a time to get closer. I would talk and sing to him in a calming manner. I would get within a few feet of him and toss him some hamburger. When I would get too close he would get up and move away. I would start the approach and scoot toward him over and over again. I scooted around in the dirt in that field for 4 ½ hours and by the end of the day I was within an arm’s reach of him and had him eating out of my hand. I knew if I lunged at him, I would scare him and lost the trust I had built. So, I decided to return the next day. I took away the food that had been left for him by others, leaving only water. I wanted him to be hungry when I returned the next morning.

Day 2: Rain was in the forecast for that night so I was determined to catch him. I was armed with weiners and chicken. I approached him like I had the day before. I walked near to him, sat in the dirt and began scooting toward him and talking to him. He was hungry and came to me, eating out of my hand, but he was still tentative. I saw that he had a collar so I decided that I was going to have to grab him because he was not going to stay still and let me attach a leash. Grabbing him and scaring him was not the way I would have wanted to catch him, but I didn’t have a better choice.

He was not cooperative when I tried to lead him on the leash out of the field. I had two leashes on him, both mesh, and he chewed clear through one and partially through the other. He was too heavy to carry through the field so I called for back-up. I needed better leashes that Buddy couldn’t chew through and help to get Buddy out of the field. He was fighting the leash. Help arrived and we slowly led him out of the field. He chewed through a third leash in the process. By the time we got him to the edge of the field he was exhausted. Watch the rescue below.

We took him in for an exam and the vet estimates he is a couple of years old. I could not believe that he had spent 25% of his life living in that field! He did have matted hair and had barbed wire wrapped around his tail and matted into his fur, but was otherwise in good health.

Buddy's foster mom is delighted with his progress.

Buddy wagged his tail the day of his rescue and slept a lot for several days after. Life on the streets is hard on a dog and they do not rest. Buddy has now been placed in a foster home to learn to trust people again and to be socialized. He is being fostered in a home with other dogs, cats and birds and is doing well. He likes being with people and is a very attentive dog. Anyone in the Bakersfield, California region who is interested in potentially adopting Buddy can email

Story brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity.


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2:25AM PDT on May 6, 2013

hope buddy will be happy for the rest of his life,thank you for sharing

10:24PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Thank you for your help in finally catching him. The part about using ATV's is AWFUL! As heartwarming as "rescues" are to me, a story like this is as equally exasperating. *** Why didn't anyone have the common sense to use a group of intelligent herding dogs like Border Collies and Corgis from the local area? *** They would have befriended him as soon as they wore down his flight energy, and he could've been caught in a natural & highly effective manner, within mere hours - instead of months. Let's work smarter together instead of harder, so more animals can be saved in the shortest amount of time.

11:02PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Konec dobrý,všechno dobré

8:55PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

So happy Buddy has found his forever home!

12:32AM PST on Feb 21, 2013


9:56AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

What a beautiful and warm hearted story.Thanks to the woman who has helped and rescued him.Wish Buddy a home full of love and happiness.

8:40PM PST on Feb 18, 2013

I hope Buddy finds a forever home, its what he truly deserves,please let us know when he gets a new family!

5:36AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

What a sweet dog he is, so glad he was saved.

5:10AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

You are an angel.

9:28AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

vám patří dík

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