We are so grateful for rescue groups like Sidewalk Specials, who do all they can to help animals in need. Without them, many more homeless animals would perish on the streets. This particular story has a heartbreaking beginning with a heartwarming end. A dog, later named River, was cruelly abandoned by her owners. She continued to wait on the doorstep of the house where her family had once lived. Despite the challenging circumstances, this resilient dog stayed true to her callous family and would run away when anyone came near.
The dog, who seemed to have no interest in anyone else, was spotted going around in circles near the houses in the neighborhood. Concerned for her well-being, neighbors decided to help corner her to provide assistance. When they finally approached her, they discovered a timid and quiet dog who didn’t growl or bite.
River’s rescuer, Jo, was worried that she might never be able to trust humans again. After taking her to the vet for a check-up, deworming, and flea treatment, Jo brought her home and gave her some space to adjust to her new surroundings. She was placed in a crate with a blanket in an open garage, allowing her the freedom to explore her new environment at her own pace.
Little by little, River began to venture out of the garage and sniff around her new foster home. It was during these moments that Jo could see her gradually letting go of her anxiety and worry. As the dog grew more comfortable in her new surroundings, it became clear that she had the potential to find a loving family and live a much-improved life.
One day, Jo introduced her to her father, who was a huge dog lover and had been considering adopting a dog himself. The two instantly connected, and the father was smitten with the sweet, loving dog. However, after a few days, Jo had to break the news to her father that she and her family had also fallen in love with River and had decided to keep her. Thankfully, River’s grandad was understanding and supportive of their decision.
The once-abandoned dog has now beautifully integrated into her new family’s life. As an added bonus, Jo’s father still gets to see her as much as he likes, providing the dog with even more love and attention. This heartwarming story serves as a powerful reminder that even in the darkest of times, love and kindness can help turn a life around.