The rescue of Bethany, the stray dog (video)

I’ve been going through the dog rescue videos and two things are readily apparent.

One, the dog rescue people truly have a way with dogs. It’s amazing to watch these guys woo a stray, over a two hour period, so they can not only capture the dog, but more or less get the dog to agree to willingly go with them.

And two, boy these guys know how to make a video.

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This is Bethany, a stray that they found on the street with mange and several infections. Her paws were so swollen, she could barely walk, and even then, only on three feet.

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Here’s Bethany, a little over a month after they rescued her:

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I’m just amazed to watch how they win over even the most terrified animal, slowly slowly.  It’s really amazing, and heart-warming.


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  • puglvr

    ill take these guys over tom cruise and the rest. this is the mark of a true man and human being. conversely hunters are the the cowards!

  • 1st Man

    My God, that video has me in tears. They were sad tears in the beginning and happy tears at the end. What a great outcome but sadly so so many don’t make it to that happy ending. It hurts me that people can be so uncaring to animals, but in turn, it makes me happy that there are those willing to go out of their way to rescue and save them. Thank you John.

  • Freday63

    You forgot number 3 John. So many of the dogs fall asleep after he rescues them…Poor dears can’t get any meaningful rest when they are abandoned and out on these mean streets…

  • Buford

    i just found it interesting that you felt it necessary to declare that this dog wasn’t wild or feral. You might just have easily declared that this dog was not a doberman or a wolf… while true, those would also be unnecessary assertions.

  • cusinemakaty

    мy coυѕιɴ ιѕ мαĸιɴɢ $51/нoυr oɴlιɴe. υɴeмployed ғor α coυple oғ yeαrѕ αɴd prevιoυѕ yeαr ѕнe ɢoт α $1З619cнecĸ wιтн oɴlιɴe joв ғor α coυple oғ dαyѕ. ѕee мore αт…­ ­ViewMore——————————————&#46qr&#46net/kkEj

    Folks around here routinely drive
    out to the “country” and dump dogs and cats. With coyotes, bobcats and
    cougars wild around here, the cats and small dogs don’t last long. It
    makes me sick.

  • Asterix

    Folks around here routinely drive out to the “country” and dump dogs and cats. With coyotes, bobcats and cougars wild around here, the cats and small dogs don’t last long. It makes me sick.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Very Like!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Rescue, Love and LIVE!

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I never said they did. My point was that someone abandoned this dog to have to live this way. What is wrong with people like that? yes, I understand that maybe they couldn’t take care of her any more, but they could have taken her to the shelter themselves rather than let what is obviously a very sweet dog suffer like that.

  • woodroad34

    That’s just a heart-wrenching video. But the willingness to trust and play again is just the best Horatio Alger pooch story. My ex rescued a german shepherd/pit bull mix from a life of scraping bubble gum off the ground for something to eat. The dog became an immense friend and would whine and come between us when we fought (hence the ‘ex’); but it was amazing to see how integrated and grateful this dog was to be rescued to not have his “family” at odds with each other.

  • paulabflat

    speaking overcoming the fear:

  • paulabflat

    can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be available. though. admittedly, i don’t know much about that kind of stuff.

    thanks for sharing what you can anyway. people across the country need to see how much can be done.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Brought a tear to my eye… These are GOOD people.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    What a photo. I love that the dog is totally into him, even touching his arm. Amazing when you consider how freaked out that dog was. There are other amazing videos, but for some reason he’s made a good chunk of them non-embeddable. That strikes me as a huge mistake. Some of the best videos I found of his couldn’t be embedded, so I didn’t use them. And they were the BEST videos. Granted, if the dog already has a home, then posting the video won’t help it. But it does help other dogs, and the organization, by building the empathy out there for this kind of work, and the support for this organization in particular. Anyone who has Eldad’s ear should beg him to make all the videos embeddable.

  • milli2

    Dc, sounds like you have a wonderful family. Good on you and your partner. Your last paragraph really hit home. It is amazing what “lost” pets have to overcome to trust humans again. I will never forget a stray cat that lived in our neighborhood when I was growing up. He had clearly been someone’s pet at one point in his life, but was abused and abandoned since. He tried so badly to overcome his fear of people and let us touch him, you could tell he wanted to, but he always ended up backing off. I managed to pet him and pick him up once when he was distracted while eating, and the trail of scratches
    and blood on my arm taught me never to do that again (I was only eleven). Otherwise, he’d follow me around the back yard, meow at our door letting us know he was there, he’d hang out in the bushes during barbecues, but no getting close. It was especially hard knowing he was out there on cold nights when he could have had a nice warm safe house to sleep in if he’d just learn to trust people again. I really miss him. He tried so hard. I wish I could give whoever abused him a good swift kick in the genital area …. several times.

  • dcinsider

    My partner and I adopted a Basset Hound in December that was a stray. He had clearly been in a home, but may have run away or been left, we’ll never know. At first, when my partner and I went to meet him at his foster home, he was so afraid of us we needed a piece of cheese to get him to come near us. After an hour or so, he decided we were not a threat and let us pet him. We then took him on a walk with our other Basset, and when we returned to the foster home, he was ready to come to his forever home.

    Six months later (and one more rescue to add) the three bassets live happily together. Our stray is a huge love. He is still sometimes afraid of strange men, but mostly he will sit at anyone’s feet and be petted and love it.

    I don’t think it’s the humans so much, though I agree that rescue and foster folks are saints on earth, I think it’s the bravery of these little animals to overcome the fear and find trust again. A lesson they teach us that we can all afford to relearn over and over.

  • paulabflat

    eldad is one of those people with an affinity. this picture was taken by annie hart (the bill foundation) shortly after the video. bethany is one of the lucky ones.

  • Buford

    Actually, no one suggested she was a feral dog. The story clearly says she was a stray, which by definition suggests that she had a home at one time… THAT’s the tragedy here.

  • bucadonebuvi

    мy coυѕιɴ ιѕ мαĸιɴɢ $51/нoυr oɴlιɴe. υɴeмployed ғor α coυple oғ yeαrѕ αɴd prevιoυѕ yeαr ѕнe ɢoт α $1З619cнecĸ wιтн oɴlιɴe joв ғor α coυple oғ dαyѕ. ѕee мore αт…­ ­ViewMore——————————————&#46qr&#46net/kkEj

    It’s very obvious that this was
    someone’s dog. How did it mind up as a stray? Things like this make me
    very angry. Someone abandoned this dog. It wasn’t wind. Feral
    animals are not that easy to take in.

  • cole3244

    for crying out loud how many humans walked by and let that poor animal just continue to suffer without even lifting a hand or calling someone, so many need help and there are so few that will get involved.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It’s very obvious that this was someone’s dog. How did it mind up as a stray? Things like this make me very angry. Someone abandoned this dog. It wasn’t wind. Feral animals are not that easy to take in.

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