“Ever wonder what a dog dumped by her owners does?” dog rescuer Janine Guido asked, rhetorically. “Sits and watches. Waiting for her family to come back.”
When the folk of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, noticed a beautiful but very forlorn-looking collie dog in a local park, it didn’t take them long to realize she was all alone. It was cold and it was snowing, but the dog appeared to be waiting for something. Or someone.
Walking dogs at 6 am in 15 degree weather… Oh. What. Fun. 😂😂
The poor dog was not known to the locals, so they worriedly contacted Janine Guido, founder of well-known dog rescue organization Speranza Animal Rescue. “She was staying in the same spot, as if waiting for her family to return,” Guido told The Dodo. “But they never did.”
Guido attempted to get close to the lonely pup, but she was skittish. “On the first and second day I went out, I was able to hand-feed her,” Guido regaled. But whenever she brought out the leash, the dog would sense her intention and swiftly back up out of reach.
She's safe! Got her about 45 mins ago. (Details in live video below) She is currently at the vet being checked out….
Carla, as the dog rescuer quickly named her, developed a reflex response of darting off into the woods. Guido used the visibility of Speranza Animal Rescue’s Facebook page to shout out to local folk; more hands on deck meant more chance of catching the dog before the cold, or starvation, got her first.
However, “the park was a highly populated area,” Guido explained. “She kept getting spooked with all the people around.” Eventually, Carla became so spooked by the relentless crowds that she completely relocated. People couldn’t find her, and they started to worry.
Update on Carla. She went to her foster home last night . She received a much needed bath – and a nice roast beef…
After two days of searching, Carla was thankfully spotted sleeping under a back porch. She got skittish as Guido approached and ran off once again. But Guido persevered.
A few hours later, Guido revealed in a captivating live stream on a Facebook page that the dog was finally where she should be: safe and sound. The camera pivoted to the passenger seat, and there she was! Carla had admitted defeat, but little did she know that a brand-new and much, much better life awaited her.
Speranza Animal Rescue စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၈၊ ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ ၁၆၊ သောကြာနေ့
“I’m so excited,” Guido told her viewers, turning next to Carla. “You’re safe now,” she said, “and we love you.” Guido regaled The Dodo with the tactic that eventually brought the timid dog into her car and into her life. “I was able to have her follow me on to a porch,” she explained, “and the two other women blocked both entrances. I leashed her, and the rest is history.”
Carla’s freezing vigil was made all the more heartbreaking after Guido learned that Carla was a senior dog. The 10-year-old pup was not microchipped, according to the vet, and had a considerable 15 to 20 pounds (approx. 7 to 9 kg) to gain before reaching a healthy weight for her breed.
Carla enjoying a weekend stroll with her foster siblings 💝
After her obligatory vet visit, the exhausted elderly pup slept soundly. “She could not keep her eyes open,” Guido said. “Sadly, we believe she was dumped, and that’s why she was staying in that same spot.” Likely, the poor, scared dog hadn’t slept properly in the freezing-cold conditions of the outdoors in days.
“But once she was in my car,” Guido added, “it was like she knew she was safe […] No more sleeping under cold pine trees in the snow,” Guido shared on Facebook.
Seeing to it that Carla never had reason to feel unsafe again, Guido promptly arranged a loving foster home. While warmth, food, love, and companionship should ideally be the most basic conditions for a happy life, for Carla it was heaven.
The fosterer’s photos speak for themselves! From dumped in the park to safe at last, Carla’s future was well and truly given back to her.