Dogs are truly man’s best friend. And for most of us, they are not just considered as pets but also as a family member. After all, they grow old with you and your family. Sadly, there are other people who treat dogs just like objects and dispose of them whenever and wherever they want. Whatever their reasons, we’ll never understand, but it’s an inhumane way to treat such smart and loyal animals. If you show them, love, they will double that back.
Fortunately, there are kind-hearted people out there who stumble upon these abandoned dogs, and instead of leaving them that way, they give them the help they need. This story starts exactly like that, but soon after encountering the dog, the rescuers realize that he was not alone and had a guardian very close by. Let’s find out who it is.
10. What’s Inside The Box?
While enjoying a walk in their nearby woods, the rescuers came across a weird box in the middle of nowhere. As they approached it, they see a tired dog lying inside on a blanket trying to get warm. He had no food, no water, and no roof to shield him from the heat and rain. But most importantly, there was clearly no owner nearby. But it wasn’t long before the realized the dog wasn’t alone.
The rescuers found the dog in an area called Dowdy’s Ferry in Dallas, Texas. Despite being just 15 minutes away from the nearby town, this place was very different. Sadly, this area is known for being a location where animals are often abandoned. It’s quiet and isolated enough so that they won’t be seen, but close enough to town that their pet will eventually and hopefully be rescued by a kind soul.
9. The Underdog Project
The woodlands have become a popular location to dump unwanted belongings like old sofas, broken refrigerators, and unfortunately including unloved pets. Sadly, it had got to the point where finding an abandoned dog in the woods or on the side of the road wasn’t uncommon. It was too much, and enough was enough. So one local woman named Leslie Ysuhuaylas started a non-profit organization with several other volunteers to fight the problem. The organization was known as The Underdog Project, and it wasn’t long before they stumbled upon the dog in the box.
Interestingly, this was not the first time Leslie and her team had encountered this abandoned dog. The stray pup had overflowing energy during their previous encounter that it ran away quickly from the rescuers, obviously fearing human contact. Of course, Leslie wouldn’t allow leaving the dog without giving any help so she left out the box and blankets for the pup which she later named Benny along with some nutritious food he could munch on.
8. Cold and Alone
Benny, the abandoned pup, was a beautiful, Sharpei mix, estimated to be no older than two-years-old. Benny was extremely fortunate that Leslie had finally been able to track him down. The temperature in the area had dropped to below 20 degrees that day, and Benny was obviously warming himself in the box to stay warm. Which means Benny remained still enough for the rescuers to finally approach him.
As Leslie approached Benny for the first time, it was clear why the pup wasn’t running away. He was too weak and malnourished to move. Not to mention the weather was freezing, and those blankets barely kept Benny warm on this cold day. But thankfully he was alive, although, you would wonder if he would have made it through the cold night if Leslie didn’t find him before that.
7. Benny Was in Pain
Talking to animal and wildlife news website, The Dodo, Leslie remembered the moment she saw the abandoned pup, and at that very instant, she immediately realized something was not right. Leslie said, “I realized he could barely move his body. All he did was raise his head a little. He had completely given up.” But, a lack of energy wasn’t Benny’s only problem. As she moved closer, she noticed something very worrying about the dog’s face.
The moment she saw Benny’s face, it was obvious he wasn’t just malnourished, but also badly wounded. Benny needed immediate attention. Not only was Benny’s face swollen and in pain, but he was also suffering from what a deep cut on his leg. Fortunately, Leslie and her team soon realized that Benny wasn’t alone. Who, or what, then came out of the trees?