Even when an animal is suffering greatly, sometimes it only takes one little sign or gesture for her to show you she still has hope. Rescue organization Hope For Paws got a call about a homeless, injured pit bull who needed help, and went to go and find her.
The pit bull, later named Penelope, was found in an industrial area in a makeshift home she had fashioned for herself. When rescuers approached Penelope, she was clearly happy to see them, wiggling around, but made no moves to get up.
Rescuers realized that Penelope had a bad cut on her thigh and likely couldn't stand up. One of the rescuers brought out a leash and began unraveling it. As soon as Penelope saw the leash she got extremely excited ... and even licked the leash.
Elliot was, of course, extremely pleased -- so pleased, in fact, that he just couldn't stop giggling! And who could blame him? Getting tickled by dog kisses is one of the most delightful things one can experience, so this baby is already ahead of the game.
Watch all of the interspecies affection below!
As always, it is very important to follow proper protocol when introducing pets to children, and to always keep an eye on the playmates.
Rescued from a shelter on the same day that he was scheduled to be euthanized, Kilo has become one happy dog over the past several months.
There is no making this stuff up! 😍 Full belly of milk, curled up with "dad". Thanks everyone who said they'd be interested in a calendar I will def get on it! Oh and all P's pj's are from wonderful ig friends who have bought them for her on Amazon 😊 #sweetP #adoptrescuefoster #pitbull #rescuefamily #fosterdad
Candace Miller, a volunteer at a Sacramento shelter, adopted Kilo after nobody else did for two months.
Now, Kilo and Miller's three previous dogs make a big, beautiful dog family. From left to right there's Penny, Kilo, Roofus and Moo.
The kids are getting all cute in preparation for mother's day tomorrow. They said they will all try their hardest to poop outside, will only bark at every other person walking by the house, and even bought me an ice cream cake already. Ok, so not really, I bought the cake for myself but I had to have some sort of excuse. 🍰🐷 Happy Mother's Day tomorrow to all those incredible women, and even men, who sacrifice everyday putting their children first (both 2 and 4 legged). It is the hardest job, but also the most rewarding one to ever exist ❤ #loveyouall #rescuefamily #pitbull
Kilo's previous owner put him through experiences no dog should ever have to endure. He beat Kilo, forced him to stay outside without enough food and bred him with another pit bull to make babies who were later treated just as poorly as Kilo was, Miller told the Huffington Post in April.
So far, Kilo seems to be enjoying time with his new family.
With so many dogs across the U.S. waiting to get adopted, sometimes shelters have to get creative to help them find forever families. The Best Friends Animal Society has a whole lot of dogs that need homes — so it decided to try something a little different to help one pup out.
Best Friends made a cute action video of a dog named Bruce playing in a ball pit. Bruce leaps into the ball pit and jumps high to catch balls being thrown at him — showing just why he would make any family happier.
Is there anything better than watching a dog having a ball? We sure don’t think so. If you’re in need of a mid-week pick-me-up, enjoy this fun video featuring adoptable pup Bruce! You can help pets like Bruce find forever homes – SHARE this video with your friends and family today to promote adoption! -abigailPosted by Best Friends Animal Society on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Bruce came to Best Friends in January 2013 from a shelter in Colorado, where he had already been for over a year. Bruce was stressed out and unsure of how to interact with people. "He seemed to want to be with people but didn't know what to do around them and would get overly excited, becoming very jumpy and mouthy when he did interact with people," Best Friends Animal Society told The Dodo.
When Bruce got too stressed, he would fixate on rolling a ball around and around his run. The shelter realized that since balls seemed to make Bruce calm, they could use that to help him connect with people. "We taught him to roll the ball to us for treats, but soon he was enjoying playing ball with us just for the sake of it," Best Friends Animal Society said. "Once he learned to interact with us on that level, he seemed calmer with other interactions as well."
A dog who had been dumped and left to starve to death has been given a fresh shot at life, all thanks to his chance discovery by a young man who refused to leave him behind.
Tyler Price and his cousin were walking near their home in Flint, Michigan, recently when he made a startling and serendipitous find — one which ultimately saved a very sweet dog. While passing by a sign lying on the ground in a vacant lot, Tyler casually lifted it up with his foot, revealing the entrance to a deep drainage pipe and the helpless soul trapped at its bottom.
"All I could see were his eyes," Tyler told news station WJRT.
There, 7 feet down atop a pile of debris, stood an emaciated pit bull who had no chance of escaping on his own. It's unclear just how long the dog had been down there languishing alone in the dark, but judging on his frail condition without food or water, he wasn't likely to survive much longer.
(Guest post by Emily Pelleymounte from thedodo.com)
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In an unconscionable act of animal cruelty, someone had left this old dog to die a slow death all alone beneath a mound of dirt and stones. But in spite of that evil attempt, reflecting the worst of humanity, the decency of human kindness has prevailed.
Earlier this month, Pedro Dinis was walking his dog near his house in the suburbs of Paris, France, when he made the sickening discovery, one he nor anyone else was meant to see. There, off the beaten path was a helpless creature clinging to life — a dog buried alive.
"Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her," Dinis wrote on Facebook, adding that he was "in the right place at the right time to save a life."
Dinis quickly set about free the dying dog from what had been her early grave.
The dog Dinis was walking even joined in on the rescue.
In case you needed further proof that pit bulls are just as lovable and kind as every other pup, check out this adorable little dude enjoying his friend's song.
Doogie's person loves him so much that he thought the only way he could truly express his affection was through music. It's pretty endearing, even though the lyrics get a little silly toward the end.
Doogie certainly seems to like it, and he shows his appreciation through some serious hugs — and a few sloppy kisses. It's especially cute when he gets so excited he tackles him at the end.