We may not be able to communicate directly, but when dogs want us to know something, they’ll figure out a way to do it.
A black pooch who’d been abandoned by his owners several years ago took up residence at a park in south Dallas, Texas. Rescuers with Dallas DogRRR (Rescue, Rehab, Reform) tried to gain his trust so they could capture him, but despite their best efforts, he remained at large.
Several weeks went by… then he suddenly had a change of heart. Out of the blue, on a cold and icy night, he caught and held the gaze of one of those rescuers, Marina Tarashevsce. Then he started barking for all he was worth. But every time she walked toward him, he walked several steps back, still holding her gaze, still barking.
“I told her, I bet you he’s trying to get you to follow him,” John Miller, an animal behaviorist who was with her that day, remembered telling her. “Every time we got closer he would go away and bark at us saying, ‘Keep coming. Keep coming my way.’”
So they set off behind him, following him until they reached a hollowed out tree trunk nestled in the woods next to a creek. That’s when they realized what all that barking had been about. There, tucked inside the tree stump, was a female dog, curled around her 10 puppies and trying to keep them warm.
UPDATE: Hero found his hero and he will be joining mama dog and the babies in their loving foster home once we can get him. We have a trap out and will keep working hard to reunite this precious family asap. Male lab was barking and lead us to the lab mom and her newborn babies. They're just a day old and were born in a dirt hole. Mama and babies are in urgent need of a loving foster home. They are in a park in the woods and are not safe. Please help this adorable family find their hero.
Posted by Marina Tarashevska on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
“Somehow we found them and in a burnt out tree right by the creek in the mud, just mom and babies, and it’s pitch black and it’s so difficult to get there,” Marina recalled.
If not for the black stray, who was later named Hero, this poor mother and her pups surely would’ve perished. Marina and John could tell they were all malnourished and sickly, so they rushed the shivering brood back to DogRRR, where immediate medical care was arranged.
Finally, she and her pups could get a good night’s sleep…
Even knowing they were all safe, Hero maintained a steady vigil and wouldn’t let them out of his sight.
“I still can’t believe it, that he actually led me to the puppies,” Marina later said. “But I’m so thankful because we wouldn’t have found them otherwise.”
And the best part? All 10 pups, as well as Hero, and the mother, Mona, have since been adopted! So Hero didn’t just save their lives, he was instrumental in finding them forever homes and ensuring they’d never have to spend another cold night in the outdoors.
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