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One Man Stops, Dozens of Others Walk Past Shivering Dog

One Man Stops, Dozens of Others Walk Past Shivering Dog

Editor’s Note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on February 29, 2012. Enjoy!

Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois

The new year had started on a very sad note — there was another very sad phone call concerning a tiny dog apparently dumped in a big city park.  “She really looks sad, lonely, and frightened.  Have you got time to come out here?”  How could I refuse? “I’ll be right there.”

And when I got there, she immediately broke my heart.  She was forlornly sitting there at a snow-covered baseball diamond, trembling uncontrollably, and so very sadly watching numerous people who were very happily walking their happy canines all about.

“When we first spotted her, she was frantically racing all around the park, as if she were looking for someone.  Now, she’s just been sitting there, as if she’s given up.”

I slowly approached her, and she didn’t move a muscle.  So I bent down and I softly stroked her furry little head.  And now, she very sadly looked up into my eyes with the saddest pair of canine eyes that I had ever seen. Definitely dumped here by someone, I thought to myself.

She Couldn’t Even Lift Her Tail

She didn’t protest or attempt to run off when I put a lead around her neck, and now I saw what extremely terrible shape she was in.  Her fur was extremely matted and filthy, and gobs of frozen feces clung to her tiny backside.  She was so matted up and covered in caked-up poop that she couldn’t even lift her tiny tail from between her grossly matted legs.

As I led her away, several people asked me what I would do with her now.  “This poor little girl definitely needs some TLC and a hot soapy bath.”  And soon, she and I were on our way to my vet’s office.  As I drove there, she quickly crawled into my lap for some extra warmth, and she finally stopped trembling.

At the vet’s office, they took one look at her and said “Poor little thing!  She’s definitely had a very rough time of it.  What will you call her?”  And I soon replied, ‘Little Pooh.’

Of course she had no collar, no tags and no micro-chip.  Dumped dogs usually don’t; and, of course, she had not been spayed.  I spent several days attempting to determine if anyone were looking for her; and of course, no one was.

Little Pooh now spent the next week at the animal hospital being cared for, fed, shaved, bathed, spayed and vaccinated.  When my wife and I went to pick her up, I didn’t even recognize her; she looked completely different, and much happier, than when I had first seen her in the park.

As we drove home, Little Pooh clung to my wife’s chest very closely, and she kept kissing my wife’s cheek.  And now, her tiny little shaved tail was even wagging with joy.

When we arrived back home, our other rescued street orphans immediately took a liking to her, and she to them, and she was soon very happily cavorting about with them in our backyard.

One of our neighbors eventually arrived to take a look at her, and she soon shouted:  “Oh, My God!  A Little Poodle!  My best friend and her husband recently lost their beloved 16-year old poodle, and they’ve been looking for another one!”

Very soon, our neighbor’s friends arrived at our home, and it was definitely love at first sight for both of them and for Little Pooh.  She very quickly had a loving new home.

And this is my favorite kind of rescue story.  (See a photo of Little Pooh all cleaned up)

Do You Have A Story to Share?

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11:30PM PDT on Aug 27, 2015

A beautiful story, thank you for your compassion for animals Ed.

1:18AM PDT on Aug 21, 2015

Ed, you are the definition of a real man

9:21PM PDT on Aug 19, 2015

I love stories like this with a happy ending! I hope one day I can do something like this for an animal who has no other friend.

8:54AM PDT on Aug 19, 2015

So happy that you were kind enough to rescue little Pooh and so pleased that she found her forever loving home.

3:54AM PDT on Aug 18, 2015

You belong definitely on the list of heroes...what a great job and as you tell in the story you and your wife have already rescued other dogs...thank you!

5:36AM PDT on Aug 17, 2015

Great ending!

3:51PM PDT on Aug 8, 2015

Thank you deeply for rescuing sweet little Pooh -- I hope & pray each day that more & more people will pattern your mind, heart & soul -- we truly need more like you -- after all, lives depend on you. Job well done! Thank you a million fold! We love you Ed Kostro.

11:56PM PDT on Jul 26, 2015

Shame on those who saw and did nothing! Who leaves a helpless dog to die of hypothermia. Heartbreaking what this angel when thru.

If you can't take care of a pet take to a shelter or find somebody who will, don't just dump it in a park

God bless you Ed. Thanks for giving pooh a chance and finding her a great home.

1:59PM PDT on Jul 25, 2015

What a lovely story. Little Pooh has been very, very Lucky!

5:29AM PDT on Jul 25, 2015

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