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Dog Rescued from Trash Dump Befriends Pup Saved from Drainpipe

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Miley and Frankie

Frankie’s Story

Frankie was discovered in a drainpipe under a large and very busy highway, and was eventually rescued by Hope for Paws.  Frankie is also a young pup, maybe a year or two, who weighs only three pounds!  As you can imagine, he was also quite traumatized from his experience on the run.

Eldad was assisted in Frankie’s rescue by Lisa Chiarelli, a long time volunteer. They decided to name the tiny Chihuahua Frankie, after one of Lisa’s pit bulls. Eventually Lisa fostered Little Frankie and he is known as a real ladies man in her household. Watch Frankie and Frankie play together.

Miley and Frankie

Miley loves to play with other dogs and when she met Frankie, they became best buds.  She gave comfort and took the little guy under her wing to protect him.  To Frankie, Miley was a soft and snuggly pillow.

When the video Eldad posted of Miley’s rescue started to hit viral status – it currently has close to 9 million views on YouTube — many people commented that Miley and Frankie should be adopted together.

However, Eldad explained to Care2 the difference in size and playful temperament of the two dogs does not make it safe for Frankie. “Miley will play for three hours, then want to play for three more,” said Eldad “while Frankie likes to play for 3 minutes, then wants to rest.”

Just the size of Miley’s paws could cause serious injury for Frankie if Miley became unintentionally overzealous during some delightful play time. Big Frankie (yes, the pit bill) is intuitively more gentle when playing with little Frankie and they co-exist well together.

Miley now

Adoption Plans

Hope for Paws has received 500 applications to date for Miley, so no more applications for her are being accepted at this time. Miley is currently in foster care through one of Hope for Paws’ collaborating rescue groups, Fuzzy Pet Foundation and doing very well.  She has another month or so of treatment before she is ready to go to her new forever home, which will allow enough time to sort through the applications.

Frankie needed surgery for a birth defect on his penis, from which he is currently healing.  He has a meet up with a potential adoptive family very soon and will be cherished no matter what his final destination.

About Hope for Paws

Eldad has a knack for marketing the rescued animals he saves.  His YouTube channel is full of tender and emotional rescues of abandoned creatures around Los Angeles and other parts of California. His Facebook page also abounds with details of many of the rescued animals he and his wife, Audrey, have saved in the last five years.

“None of my videos have gone viral like Miley’s,” Eldad said. Soon Miley will be interviewed with her foster family on CBS “Inside Edition.” Delighted with the global interest in Miley’s story, Eldad is very grateful for all the media attention because the donations coming in will help him continue his selfless work in animal rescue.

Hope for Paws runs a free spay/neuter clinic and have served thousands of animals. “Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society to stop the cycle of animal neglect and abuse,” according to the organization’s website.

Social media… how powerful it is!

Miley and Eldad share a loving moment


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2:38PM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

Solo los que se ocupan de salvar la vida de los animales,merecen llamarse seres humanos,Eldad,es un orgullo que representa el ideal de lo que los humanos deben llegar a ser,maravillosa historia,con un final feliz,gracias

2:07AM PDT on Mar 16, 2015


8:55AM PDT on Mar 15, 2015

Two different animals, a dog and the pup becoming friends after being rescued from two different bad places. And that leads to a happy ending of this story.

6:29AM PDT on Mar 15, 2015


9:50AM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

so heartwarming when a tragic story ends up so well ...well done and keep it up Eldad Hager and Daniel and thank you both for doing your bit to make this a better world

9:48AM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

so heartwarming when a tragic story ends up so well ...well done and keep it up Eldad Hager and Daniel and thank you both for doing your bit to make this a better world

5:51AM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

Poor creature. How many eyes had 'not seen' this dog and her suffering? Finally someone did and called for help. I found one of my cats (Bonita) in a similar state although even thinner. She had been starving and 'not seen' for probably a year (during which time she had had one, maybe two litters of kittens). I rescued her (from Spain) and bought her to Austria where I live. Similarly my most recent cat had been 'not seen' for probably months until her pregnant, starved body was an emaciated bundle crawling with parasites - we have to teach people to see and videos like this are marvelous for doing so. Click the like button, please.

7:43PM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

Just so awesome, one very happy and contented family now, thank you for sharing.

7:41PM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

Such a touching story, thank you Eldad, Miley and Frankie, many happy days ahead.

3:29PM PDT on Mar 12, 2015

Aaaww, really so heartwarming, I don´t know if I´ve seen a part of the video here before, or if it was on The Animal Rescue Site, I´m sooo glad pretty Miley´s been rescued, she´s really become a beautiful doggy, and I hope she and her new little furriend Frankie found a forever loving home in the meantime, I don´t know from when this video was.... If they should still be looking for a forever loving home: good luck, sweeties, you both deserve it so much!!! Thanks for sharing...

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