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Dog Wandering in Freezing Snow for Days Finds a Warm Truck and a Rescue

Dog Wandering in Freezing Snow for Days Finds a Warm Truck and a Rescue

Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois

It was only a few days before Christmas when I got a  call about a small dog that had been wandering around a city park for the last four or five days in the snow. I was told that he was extremely skittish, and that he would rush away from anyone who tried to approach him. The caller also told me that this dog was darting in and out of traffic on an extremely busy street, and that it wouldn’t be long before he would be struck and killed by a car.

I quickly headed out to the area to see if I could help capture this poor little guy before he was injured, but I couldn’t find him anywhere. As I was just about to head back home, I spotted him wandering down the street, his head hung low, his tail between his legs. An icy mix of rain and snow was falling, and this tiny street orphan looked both forlorn and frozen, as he aimlessly wandered on.

I sadly began following him in my car, knowing that there was no point in calling out to him or in attempting to chase him down. I knew that he would just bolt and vanish into the night if I attempted to do that. But after about an hour of following after him, an opportunity to help him suddenly presented itself. He had  wandered into a gangway, and into someone’s backyard.

I jumped out of my vehicle and I followed him into the yard, hoping and praying that the back gate of this house’s yard was secured, and very thankfully, it was. I quickly rushed into the yard and closed the front gate behind me, and this starving, terrified, frozen little street orphan had nowhere left to run.

He was completely traumatized at being cornered by a stranger, and he wanted no part of my help. It took quite a while before I managed to corral him with a loop leash, but once I did, he very grudgingly allowed me to lead him back to my truck.

Cold and afraid in the truck moments after rescue

In the Warmth of the Truck, He Began to Relax

Once inside my truck, it took another hour for him to stop trembling from fear and the frigid weather. He eventually did calm down, enjoying the warmth of my truck’s heater after being out in the cold for several days, and he eventually even allowed me to softly stroke his head and neck. By the time that we reached the animal hospital, he was my buddy.

He had no collar, no tags, no microchip and he had not been neutered – eight of ten street orphans that I manage to rescue these days have none of these – and many of them have been very cruelly abandoned by their owners. ‘Buddy’  spent the next few days at the animal hospital while the search for his family continued.

This search has sadly not been successful so far. But luckily for this street orphan, we did find a very compassionate woman who was willing to foster and even adopt him if his family is not located. My spouse and I delivered Little Buddy to his new foster home on Christmas Eve, where he is once again being properly cared for and loved.  See the photos of Buddy After Rescue

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3:05PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

How can anyone have a "heart" to abandon a dog, so sad . Thanks for the rescue im so happy for him.

4:58AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Thank you!

12:29PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

Thanks so much for your kindness for this sweet little fella! :)

2:54PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Much respect and gratitude and hoping Buddy has a long happy and healthy life

2:46PM PST on Jan 23, 2014

Oh Ed youre an Angel for what you do, thanks so much, God Bless You °!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:45AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

thank you, Animal Angel, for saving Buddy.

4:53AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Great story! :)

2:27AM PST on Jan 21, 2014

Thanks for telling Buddy's story.

8:08AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Animals always are the first casualties in any unusual event, economic or natural. We have to r to fix that in our minds. It's driving me nuts right now not to be able to find out what has happened to all the caged animals at the Damaskus Zoo. Can you imagine … being in a cage and no one comes to feed you or give you water because there is nothing to give or it is too dangerous to venture outside. You can't get away because you are in a cage.

6:31PM PST on Jan 18, 2014

What a heartwarming story. Buddy is a very pretty dog. Thank you for your patience following him and rescuing him.

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