Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for dogs to be left in parks or on the street when their owner doesn’t want them anymore. Some places even become notorious dumping grounds for animals. This includes a park in Fort Worth Texas called Echo Lake Park. This park is so well-known that rescuers often go there to save any stray animals that have been left behind.
When Judy Obregon, founder of the animal rescue The Abandoned Ones (TAO), went out to Echo Lake Park in Fort Worth, Texas, following reports that there was a homeless German Shepherd living amongst the trees, she soon realized that she would prove tricky to catch.
The dog was extremely timid and would run away if anyone got close to her, but Judy wasn’t about to give up – and she knew that time was of the essence.
“I knew it was extremely urgent to capture her,” Judy wrote. “Gaining trust began [with] studying her every move.”
Judy patiently returned to visit the dog every day, in the hopes that she would become used to her presence.
She always bought food and water with her so that the timid pup would hopefully gain her trust, as well as providing her with essential nutrients. Eventually, Judy’s efforts began to pay off.
“At first once she saw my truck she’d run.” Judy recalled. “Every morning before sunlight I’d go to feed her- when she began waiting, I knew we were close.”
Judy could finally prepare to take the dog to the safety of her rescue center – but just as she was about to make her rescue, the German Shepherd had a surprise in store for her.
Now that Judy had gained her trust, the dog decided that it was safe enough for her to be introduced to her best friend: a frightened pit bull with scars covering his face.
It was clear that these two were inseparable, and the brave German Shepherd had waited until Judy had proved that she wasn’t going to harm them before bringing out her friend.
Judy now had to make room for yet another dog in her car!
“She made it a point: If you take me, you take my friend, too!” Judy said.
It was unclear whether the two dogs had been abandoned together, as the area was well known as a dog dumping ground. But one thing was for sure – these two were now the best of buddies.
Judy named the German Shepherd Iris and the Pit Bull Clover, and she was able to rescue them both that same day.
Both recovered quickly in her care, and are now waiting to be fostered – together, of course. Thanks to Judy, they’ll get a second chance at life.
We’re so glad Iris and Clover are safe and in a good spot. These two deserve the best life full of belly rubs and happiness.