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Thanksgiving Dog Rescue Video You Can’t Watch Just Once

Thanksgiving Dog Rescue Video You Can’t Watch Just Once

After a long holiday weekend in America†during which†families celebrated all they have to be thankful for, the Bonyun family of South Carolina has an extra reason to count their blessings and they caught it all on camera.

Buddy before the surgery on his eye lids.

The story began a few months ago when Buddy, a black lab mix, was found running down Maybank Highway on John’s Island, South Carolina. The woman who found him placed him in foster care with her neighbor Suzanne who already had dogs of her own but understood that a nearly full grown black dog would run the risk of euthanasia at the animal shelter as puppies and more colorful dogs would be more likely to find families. So Suzanne began working with Buddy at her home with the hopes of adopting him, but†he began fighting with her alpha dog. Turns out the discord was connected to the fact that Buddy was in pain. He was born with a defect which caused his lower eyelids to turn inward against the eye which the veterinarian likens to the sensation of having gravel under the eyelid. With no money to fund the expensive surgery and no practical way to keep Buddy safe from fighting with her other dog, Suzanne turned to volunteer Tracie Mitchum who has a long history of waving her magic wand for dogs and cats who wouldn’t otherwise stand a chance.

Volunteer Tracie Mitchum Works Her Magic for Buddy

Tracie explained Buddy’s crisis to Dr. Irvin at the West Ashley Veterinary clinic who agreed to offer a deep discount on the surgery and a handful of helpers pooled their funds together to pay for Buddy’s surgery.

“As soon as he got home from the veterinarian he began chasing all my cats,” Tracie explains with a smile. And although Tracie bonded closely with Buddy, she knew it was critical to find him a forever home quickly.

An area group SQ Rescue soon†found Buddy a home several hours away. Arrangements were made†to meet half-way†for the hand off, but the real magic began when Dave Bonyun pulled up at his son’s school with a wiggly surprise in the back seat. Watch the Sam and Ben’s adorable reaction to their new dog just days before Thanksgiving.

And Dave was kind enough to share an update of Buddy and the boys enjoying their first few days together.

Hard to believe that†Buddy was once the dog nobody wanted. Just look at him now, living proof that dog dreams can come true.

Brought to you by the Harmony Fund international animal rescue charity, a proud sponsor of Tracie Mitchum’s animal rescue work.


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10:45AM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

what a great "happy " story

1:04PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

I am so happy that Buddy has found a good forever home, but I agree with you Jeaneen that the boys were kind of rough in their playing and a lot of time when this happens a dog will be inclined to bite to get them off of them. They should be instructed on how to play with Buddy to avoid a future mishap.

9:44AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Great rescue! Thanks.

8:29AM PDT on Apr 9, 2014

Great rescue story!
Buddy looks like a high energy dog, so having a new family with growing boys is so lucky for him. They can have so much fun playing together.
Thanks to all the amazing people who helped Buddy to get his eyes fixed and find a new home.

8:54PM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thank you to everyone who helped not only save Buddy but helped get him a wonderful loving home which he deserved.

The video of the boys with their new friend made me smile from ear to ear and my heart sing.


11:19AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

Thank you for the lovely story. May Buddy have a long & happy life.

10:30AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

I'm sitting at my desk @ work, trying not to bawl my eyes out!! (I started this w my office door open w/o realizing just what I would see, and it would be really embarrassing for someone to walk by me & see me crying like a baby staring at my computer...) I am just so choked up!! Alt the kind people who helped to save Buddy, even his foster mom just recognizing why he was fighting, it's just so amazing!! He's clearly such a sweet and loving soul, and now he's got a great family, lots of room to run, other dogs to play with, and just such a happy life!! God bless all of those who helped Buddy -- I'll keep you all in my prayers (clearly, I don't know everyone involved, but God does, so He'll know to whom I'm referring when I pray for Buddy's guardian angels), and may he and his family have many happy years together. I am just so moved by all of this!

5:42AM PST on Nov 13, 2013

Treasure and respect our loyal friends

1:45PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

How sweet and such happy boys!!!

7:17AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

I am glad that Buddy has a forever home. I think the kid in the brown shirt is far too rough with the.

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