This is the tale of Lek Lek.
Posted by elephant news, a team went on a research trip to Sri Lanka and there, in a place called Nuwara Eliya, they stumbled upon a stray dog who was so determined to give out love in the hopes of getting some of that love back. The city is also known as “Little England” thanks to its cool climate, that country village feel, and pretty gardens.
In this cold city was a puppy who would wag and follow complete strangers in the market just wanting to get noticed. In spite of this little pup’s determination, people would often just walk by her, oblivious to her situation.
The team of researchers took time out to give the dog their attention and in doing so, the little pup soon decided that she found her humans. Lek Lek followed the team as far as she could until they picked her up and brought her back to the original spot they saw her.
What’s a pup to do?
She starts following the team once more until her persistence got their attention. The group began asking people to take Lek Lek in but when they found out the dog was a female, they would refuse.
How about the driver?
It wouldn’t hurt to ask. They asked their driver, Thushara, to watch over the dog for them to which he kindly agreed. They took the dog with them and let her sleep in the hotel which was probably Lek Lek’s first comfortable sleep.
She’s a cute pup. Her coat a mixture of caramel and coffee brown that perfectly matches her gentle eyes.
Look at the way she trots after them and how she just stops and relaxes when the man carries her in his arms. They bring her in to the van, wrapping her in a blanket to keep her warm. She’s finally away from the elements.
It’s really anyone’s guess as to when her last real shower was, or if she ever had one, but now she gets the full treatment in a bathtub courtesy of her new friends. These people are truly kind souls.
They place her on a bed while they dry her with a towel. She gets a few pats and rubs too!
The team prepare a makeshift bed for her using their luggage with a few blankets thrown in. It’s the perfect size for the once unnoticed pup. She circles around a bit, getting a feel of her new bed, and soon she lays down and dozes off knowing she’s in the caring hands of good people. Lek Lek must have felt so good after spending her days out in the open and sleeping on cold cement.
Two months have passed since that eventful day. Lek Lek is now a bigger, healthier dog with so much energy that even the camera has a hard time focusing on her.
Two years on and this street puppy is now a healthy adult. She has so many friends now, both humans and dogs, which means she gets all the affection she deserves after her past. She now stays with the very humans who cared for her and every once in awhile, they come back to visit this spirited dog.
Lek Lek has not forgotten the wonderful people who took her in and gave her another chance in life. And in that fully grown body of hers is a dog so full of love, grateful for these amazing souls who never gave up on her.
See Lek Lek’s rescue and transformation in the video below!
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