Hiding in the corners of an off-roading-vehicle park, Bear the dog was nothing but skin and bones, fearful of people and unapproachable.
People who passed through the mountain road weren’t sure how long the malnourished and neglected dog had been there, but when one animal lover saw him, they made a plea for help on a Facebook page for lost pets.
Amanda and Dylan saw the image of the terrified dog, and knew they had to help.
At first, they were at a loss as to what to do. The dog was scared and mistrustful, so the pair sat in their truck for hours, tossing food toward him and talking, hoping the dog would get used to them.
After a while Dylan suggested Amanda get out of the truck, because the dog seemed to take a liking to her.
But Bear growled and kept his distance.
So Amanda decided to lie on the ground, in the fetal position—playing dead—and wait.
Eventually, he got close enough to smell her, and, sensing she was okay, wandered off again a few minutes later.
It was getting colder now, and Amanda went back into the truck. The dog had wandered into a grassy area, so they drove over and Amanda tried to approach again. She started to lay down on the ground—but by now it was very cold.
“So cold!! Cold enough that it started snowing,” she wrote.
She started to inch closer to Bear, and then curled up into a ball. Bear growled a bit, so Amanda tried whimpering and yawning, which she said was a calming sign. It worked.
“At one point, he got up to try to find us shelter because he saw me as a pathetic human girl that had no survival skills, he sort of took me under his wing!” she wrote.
The two huddled together for warmth. “I made sure not to try to grab him at any point because I didn’t want to lose his trust.”
But then a big truck zoomed by, scaring Bear away.
Amanda and Dylan made a trip home once night came, but when they returned to the mountain, they saw Bear right where she had last huddled with him!
“I went straight over to him. Slowly, of course!” Amanda wrote.
“He let me snuggle right up to him and pet him,” she wrote, so she spent the next two hours doing so. Eventually, both tired, the dog let her slip a lead around him, and agreed to go with her.
“This was the point in which he decided he never wanted to walk again. From 9 pm on I had to carry him everywhere!” Bear snuggled up to Amanda and she picked him up and brought him into their truck, and then to a vet.
All photos by: LostFoundPetsWaState/Facebook