One thing about rescuing dogs people have to learn pretty fast is that the rescuing part is harder than you might imagine, especially the part where you have to capture a stray dog, this dog certainly taught them a lesson…
This little stray dog really was going to challenge everything they knew about how to catch a stray!
For more than a few days they tried to capture this little doggie, he is a terrier mix and he is also tiny and fast.
He was shooting around the parking lot, adjacent to a school and the church in Monrovia, California, all the time dodging oncoming vehicles from the busy buildings surrounding them.
Piper Wood, who just happens to be the founder of Hand in Paw, the rescue organization concerned, based in Los Angeles, was completely focused and determined to rescue this little doggie!!
“I had seen [Facebook] posts prior to this — people posting pictures of her in the bushes, and in the church’s parking lot …So I decided, ‘OK, I really need to do something now.’”
Piper arrived and then the stray dog, who is now called Matilda, was cowering in a dark and ‘dirty’ corner of the school buildings…
Piper went on to say:
“She was just lying in the corner, and there were puddles of pee and feces that she was just sitting in because she was too sacred to move …She had tar hanging from her chin, and tar covering the pads of her feet. So I’m sure it was pretty painful.”
Matilda was in the corner and so it was much easier for Piper to leash her around her neck and bring her towards her, poor Matilda was completely scared witless!
“When I first picked her up … she seemed really tense, and she almost wanted to get out of my arms, but I had a very good grip on her.”
Matilda sensed the feeling of safety, she quite quickly realized that she was, in fact, safe and unharmed in her hands, within a minute Matilda was relaxed again in her arms.
Piper said that she sat in her vehicle and started the engine, then drove off; the little stray dog melted into her lap, she realized that she was completely safe now!
She said: “She just buried her head in my arms the whole way home.”
Once Piper arrived home she started to clean up Matilda, she had tar in her fur, she thinks it was from all the time she was dodging under cars in the parking lot.
Piper said that she got her into the shower and even though she was scared, she managed to wash her a few times, the water was so black and dirty from her fur, she was literally picking out tar from her fluffy fur coat!
She finally put her in a cozy warm doggie bed and she fell straight to sleep!
Piper said that:
“She just slept for hours …It looked like she hadn’t slept in days or weeks. I hand-fed her, pet her a lot. She’s still scared, but she’s very loving.”
Each and every day Matilda seemed to be stronger and happier!
Piper describes her progress:
“She is so grateful …Today was the first time I saw her wag her tail. She comes over and creeps into my lap, and buries her head into my lap, and I can tell that she is so happy to be safe and warm and not have to worry about traffic or other animals or the cold.”
Matilda was taken to the vet where she had a checkup and was spade and vaccinated, she was really becoming a little character…
Matilda will need to find a forever home, but at least for the moment she will stay with Piper, but it’s expected that she will be adopted really fast!
She really will make a lovely family dog for a loving family, please SHARE this story with your friends and family.