I’m still having trouble believing this is real. It’s no surprise that unwanted stray animals are roaming the streets all over the world, but this little guy might be one of the most shocking transformations I’ve seen yet.
He had so much filthy, matted fur that he barely resembled a dog. The rescuers honestly thought he was a pile of trash.
Just look at all this…
Lowered ears, a sad expression and guilty for making a hole in the couch. And then the nose, pushed tenderly against the face of his owner, Anthony Granai, as if begging for forgiveness.
Ettore, the beautiful labrador and star of this touching video, does not want to hear “no” from Granai, and does everything in his power to make amends. And the hug at the end… way too adorable.
Basic translation: “Are you asking me to forgive you?… No, it doesn’t work like that… Do you understand where you made the mistake?… Okay. We make peace. [cuteness implosion].”
This is what a dog with separation anxiety goes through when you leave them. It’s heartbreaking, but fixable.
According to Jonathan Kim who experienced this with his dog:
“I had the same separation anxiety issue with my dog. Found out by installing a wifi camera. He would howl and cry for 20 minutes after I left.
My solution: I started leaving kibbles around the house when I left. He would stay preoccupied looking for the kibbles around the house and then forget I was gone. No more crying. This also led to a positive association to me leaving because me out of the house = kibbles to eat = happy dog.”
When my 160-pound English Mastiff was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, I was crushed. Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City. This dog wasn’t just my best friend – she was my roommate and confidant. What does the vet mean she only has a few months left?
My sobbing seemed unstoppable, but Gizelle was sensitive and didn’t like to see me cry. I had to be strong. So I decided we would bury our worries in the dog park and create a bucket-list adventure of everything we wanted to do before she died. It was my mission for us to indulge and explore life’s joys. We’d escape the city and search for waterfalls, cook lobster, and nap in the grass. We’d jump in the ocean without towels, just to enjoy the sun drying us, and never stress about details like sand in the car.
Doing a bucket list for Gizelle not only helped me cope with losing her, it was also one wild ride. It helped me live in the present and see life for what it truly is: a sweet, simple, precious adventure. So paw in hand, we packed our bags and set off. Here are some of our favorite adventures.
Ride in a canoe
A heartbreaking photo of a German Shepherd in a cemetery went viral in April 2015 and was shared by animal lovers all over the world. The dog, curled up in the crevice, was thought to be a loyal dog grieving for her deceased owner. It turns out, this was not the dog’s story at all. Her story is still a heartbreaking one, but one that has a happy ending!
Every year the southern city of China, Yulin celebrates the summer solstice with a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of as many as 10,000 dogs. Many petitions have failed in the past but thanks to people taking real action, 100 dogs have been saved by a 65-year-old retired teacher. Her name is Yang Xiaoyun and she runs an animal shelter in Tianjin and had to travel more than 2,400km (1,500 miles) and spent more than $1,100 to save 100 dogs.
She’s been rescuing animals since 1995 when she fell in love with a stray she took in, but she hasn’t had an easy time of it. She has taken in nearly 3,000 animals, many of whom she cares for at her rescue center in Tianjin.
Yang’s hard work has reportedly cost her her home and some of her family members, who disapproved of how much effort she was putting into the rescue operation. Although it’s been difficult to fully care for them, Yang says that while the situation is not ideal, they’re better off receiving regular meals with her than alone and at risk on the street – or, in the cages of butchers.
Fighting that feeling of exhaustion all. the. time.
Georgia Bradley was just enoying a day on a remote beach in Greece while her boyfriend was at a nearby cafe. However, her vacation took a turn when two men she didn’t know approached her.
The 25-year-old said they started harassing her, and once she rejected their advances, they became aggressive.
“I decided to go for a walk along the beach, and found two Greek men who kept harassing me to go out for a drink. I kept telling them I didn’t want to. Then one of them grabbed me on the arm and I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was on my own and it was a very scary and difficult situation.”
Suddenly, a small black dog ran over and began barking at the men. The attackers ran off, and the dog followed Bradley back to her apartment.