Even when your world is falling apart, Michael Bolton sang, “Time, love, and tenderness will heal a broken heart.” Most of us could relate the lyrics to our romantic lives, but did you know that humans can break the hearts of animals as well? One dog almost died because humans broke her heart and she could no longer trust anyone to come close to her. The terrified dog was rescued one hour before being euthanized, and all it took was one brave man who showed the pup some tenderness.
Edie, a Maltese poodle mix, had been waiting in a high-kill shelter for two weeks for someone to adopt her. However, no one saw beyond the terrified puppy who refused to let anyone near him. She was scheduled to be euthanized on March 9, 2010, because she had no other option.
Shelters all over the world are overrun with homeless and abandoned animals, many of which will be euthanized. According to the ASPCA, 6.5 million animals enter US shelters each year, with 1.5 million being euthanized during the same time period.
Bronwyne Mirkovich, on the other hand, summoned Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws to come in and see what he could do for the pup. Eldad was supposed to meet Edie at the vet, and an hour before Edie was to be euthanized, Eldad arrived and got to work.
According to a video posted on InspireMore, Edie growled and attempted to flee the moment Eldad entered the room. Eldar dangled a leash in front of Edie, who leaped to a corner and began begging the humans to leave her alone. Eldad, on the other hand, was persistent and managed to get the leash on Edie, who became so terrified that she defecated at the corner where she had sought refuge.
When Eldad saw the dog’s fear, he drew her towards him and managed to sit her on his lap, where Edie finally felt at ease and calmed down. Edie stopped whimpering and began licking Eldad’s arm as Eldad patted the dog.
The dog became so at ease with the human that she rolled over as if asking for a belly rub, which Eldad gladly provided. Edie was clearly happy for the first time, and her wagging tail proved she could trust humans. Edie was taken for a grooming session after demonstrating that she was no longer aggressive. All of her matted furs was shaved. Even so, Edie was homeless.
However, Bronwyne Mirkovich couldn’t wait to take the dog home with her. So, six days later, she adopted Edie through Hope for Paws, which was featured in The Animal Rescue Site. Within a few months, her coat had grown back, and she was so beautiful that you couldn’t tell she was the dog who had once been terrified of humans.
Watch it here: Youtube/Hope for Paws