Tiny Homes on Wheels     Park Model RVs     Container Homes

Homeless dog gets a makeover and has a stunning turn of heart

A lot of dogs that are rescued from homeless or abusive living situations do, somewhere within them, know how to love — they're just afraid to let themselves. But how does a dog function when it has never known affection? Benji was one of those animals. Having been homeless his entire life, as the Hope for Paws video below indicates, the dog had no idea how to respond to his rescuers' touch, aside from fear.
The video shows how the rescuers had to run after the animal, then catch it with a snare. Watching it struggle is excruciating, but even worse than that is seeing the condition the animal is in.
Advertisement
"This is one of the worst mattings I've ever seen in my life," the rescuer says as he gives the dog what might be his first comforting touch ever. Not only was the dog's fur terribly matted, it was also infested with pests. When the rescuers shave away Benji's hair, the amount of fleas and other bugs that crawl out of it is staggering.
After the dog was shaved and cleaned, the hard part came — teaching him to love. Lisa Chiarelli, one of Hope for Paws' volunteers, took him home with her to meet Lola and Frankie, two other rescued dogs who frequently intervene in the organization's attempts to familiarize new rescues to canine company. It took Benji over 10 days to open up, as he was completely "shut down," as the video says, too afraid to move or return the affection he was receiving.
Watch the video below to witness his beautiful transformation. No dog should have to go through this — share this video to spread that message.
Advertisement
Share on Facebook

When the SPCA of Texas rescued the dogs from a suspected dog fighting operation in July, they found 14 dogs in horrific condition. One of those dogs was tethered to a...
June 15   ·  
Advertisement
An adorable black puppy has a new forever home after a Kentucky woman found the dog tied up inside a black trash bag and tossed on the side of the road.
June 14   ·  
This is the story of how a flight attendant found herself adopting a dog from a world away.
June 12   ·  
No one can deny that these dogs are true heroes.
June 10   ·  
Meet Bump, the adorable Grizzly bear cub, and her friend...
June 14   ·  
 
Recommended
Advertisement