Dogs
Trembling stray dog melts into rescuer’s arms during first-ever hug
Little McKenzie needed someone to take a chance on her.
Patricia Lynn
01.18.23

Pups who have been left on the street on their own have every reason to be scared. It’s understandable that they’re nervous even when a kind person comes to take care of them.

They’ve never known love, so they don’t understand when someone is there to help them, not hurt them.

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But thanks to Hope For Paws, another dog is given the opportunity to live a happier, healthier life.

Hope For Paws rescues abandoned and homeless animals off the streets of Los Angeles, and also offers assistance with complex animal rescues around the country.

The team received a phone call about a sad, scared little dog.

Not wasting any time, they immediately drove to where the dog was. The scared dog wouldn’t even look at any of the team members directly.

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Using a low, coaxing tone, Eldad Hagar tried his best to get the dog from its spot – a cold place with concrete walls and bars.

According to him, the dog was so scared and nervous that it was shaking in fear and even tried to disappear into the corner of the wall when he approached.

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He then decided to meet the dog on the other end and when he slowly tried to go near, the dog huddled into a corner, still trembling.

“I didn’t want to seem threatening, so I crawled slowly towards the dog.”

The poor dog stood on its hind legs, leaning against the wall and keeping its head turned from Eldad.

It was so shaken up that every approach seemed to be futile.

“She kept lowering her head and I was unable to secure her.”

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The trembling dog kept its head lowered but Eldad wasn’t giving up that easily.

He tried once more to gently reach out by holding a gloved hand out. To his surprise, the fearful dog finally relented and Eldad was able to secure it.

And Eldad wasn’t going to leave it at that.

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He knew what McKenzie needed the most, so he took the frightened dog into his arms.

The dog, which Eldad named McKenzie, very slowly adjusted to a comfortable position on Eldad’s lap.

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More than rescuing and nourishment, what McKenzie needed was love. Lots of it. Eldad made sure their first encounter would put McKenzie at ease.

So that’s what he did – he reached out, somehow gained her trust, and held her for warmth and cuddles.

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It isn’t just the people we know and the strangers we see who need comfort and love.

There are so many stray cats and dogs waiting to be rescued. McKenzie’s story started out sad and heartbreaking but thanks to Eldad’s efforts, the dog has finally seen the silver lining of it all.

From sad, scared, and helpless to slowly trusting and eventually thriving in a better environment, McKenzie is now in great hands.

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Here’s hoping more cats and dogs are rescued and given the best treatment.

For more information on Hope For Paws and how you can help give abandoned and stray animals better homes, visit www.hopeforpaws.org.

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It’s so wonderful to see McKenzie transform from a scared pup into a happy one ready for love. What a great story.

Check out the transformation for yourself below!

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at [email protected]
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