When Sacramento firefighter Mike Thawley discovered an abandoned pit bull puppy alone and shivering out in the rain one October, he couldn’t bear to leave her where she was in the awful weather.
She had been tied up to a post, but no one was around to come back for her—leaving her for what had likely been far too long without a way to escape and get food or a dry place to sleep.
Knowing that a local shelter would be able to help her, he rescued and comforted the dog—who was given the name Chunky—before he and the station cleaned her up and dropped her off at the Front Street Animal Shelter.
Chunky had been malnourished and covered in mange, a skin disease occurring often in dogs caused by parasitic mites, when Thawley found her out on the streets.
Thankfully, Front Street was able to start providing some much-needed medical care and nutritional attention. But even though she was now warm and dry with food to eat, the stray clearly missed the man who had saved her from the streets and brought her in from the rain.
Luckily for Chunky, that wasn’t the last she’d see of Thawley. He stopped by the shelter the next day to see how she was doing—and her reaction when she sees him again is too cute for words!
Watch this video taken of the grateful dog greeting her savior with a wagging tail and a “thank you” kiss:
Like, Love, Share – Firefighter visits puppy he rescued.Yesterday Firefighter Thawley found a sick puppy tied up in the rain. After getting her cleaned up she was brought to our shelter for some TLC. The next day Firefighter Thawley came down to visit the pup. As you can see from the video, she is very grateful!Sacramento Fire Department
Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၆၊ အောက်တိုဘာ ၁၇၊ တနင်္လာနေ့
The department has a Facebook page full of adorable videos of fellow firefighters rescuing animals when they see them in need, from one who routinely rescues cats to others who have done everything from making sure dogs get out of burning homes safely to breaking them out of hot cars in the summer.
The bond between Chunky and Thawley, though, was on another level of cuteness—so it wasn’t a big surprise when he admitted that he had caved and was speaking to his family about fostering the adorable, loving pit bull. Ultimately, his request won out with his family, and he was able to bring Chunky home!
Firefighter Thawley is fostering Chunky!He already rescued this puppy after he found her tied up to a tree in the rain, and now he’s rescuing her again by fostering her until she’s recovered from her skin condition! This story is making local and national news – pretty cool! We’ll provide all the medicine and food the puppy needs, and he and his family will provide the love!
Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၆၊ အောက်တိုဘာ ၂၀၊ ကြာသပတေးနေ့
The family agreed to foster Chunky while she recovered from her skin condition, giving her a love-filled and attentive shelter until she was ready to be formally adopted.
As plenty of social media users were quick to point out, this looked like a “fostering failure” in the making—meaning that this temporary situation looked primed to become a permanent one before long.
“I have a feeling that is not going to be called ‘Fostering’ for long. More like fur-ever home,” one user wrote.
“I hope they fall in love with their foster pup. I always end up adopting mine!” said another.
It took a few months, but in the end, Chunky officially got her forever home—and sure enough, it was right where she wanted to be.
Puppy adopted by the firefighter who rescued her!Firefighter Thawley found Chunk tied to a tree in the rain. She had lost almost all her fur to mange, and needed time to heal. Firefighter Thawley convinced his family to foster her, and now that she’s recovered, he’s officially made her a permanent member of the family. Congratulations Chunk! Sacramento Fire Department
Front Street Animal Shelter – City of Sacramento စာစုတင်ရာတွင် အသုံးပြုမှု ၂၀၁၇၊ ဖေဖော်ဝါရီ ၃၊ သောကြာနေ့
The heartbreaking reality is that pit bulls like Chunky tend to make up a disproportionate number of animals that end up in situations like these, as difficult housing regulations and negative perceptions surrounding the breed often scare owners off and result in abandonments.
For this adorable, furry friend, though, it looks like what started out as a heartbreaking set of circumstances has resulted in plenty of love and affection to go around!