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Fri Jan 10, 2020, 06:55 PM

Dog Found On Side Of Road Immediately Snuggles Her Rescuer

“It's like relief just hit her.”

BY LILY FEINN

Kris Lenker and her wife were driving home from work last week when they spotted something on the road ahead.

They assumed, being out in the country, that the small, tan animal was a baby deer — but as they got closer, they realized their mistake. “We slowed down and realized that it was a dog,” Lenker told The Dodo.

Lenker hopped out of the car and called to the dog, but the nervous pup took off down a pathway. Lenker followed close behind, tempted to turn around. “I couldn't see her anymore and we almost left,” Lenker said. “I just had a feeling, though.”



Lenker found the dog hiding behind a fence, and after a few minutes of gentle pets, the nervous dog decided to take a chance. “She wrapped her front paws around my neck and let me carry her back to the car,” Lenker said. “She was absolutely terrified, but I could tell she trusted me ... It just felt like we were brought together for a reason.”

Shortly after the dog entered the car, her demeanor changed. It was as if she knew she was finally safe. “I just pet her and told her I had her,” Lenker said. “That is when she just collapsed into a ball in my lap. It's like relief just hit her. She rode the rest of the way home in my lap like that.”



While she decompresses and regains her strength, the dog, whom the couple has named Reba, is hanging out in a warm bathroom. When she's up to it, she'll get to meet her new dog siblings, who will show her the rules of the house.

And Reba is still just as affectionate as the first day they found her: “Belly rubs are her favorite, and she doesn't hesitate to ask for them!” Lenker said. “She rolls on her back and paws at us until we give in.”



Reba was initially resistant to being rescued, but now she doesn’t want to leave — even to go outside for potty training. She demands that her mom carries her outside and back in every time.

“I think she is still afraid she will be left out there,” Lenker said.



It’s only been a few days, but already Reba has been putting on weight and learning what it means to have a real family. “Her energy level is so much better and she is the biggest love bug," Lenker said. "All she wants to do is snuggle us and give us kisses. It's her favorite thing to do.”

Lenker believes they were truly meant to have Reba as part of their family. “She wouldn't let anyone get near her, but she let us take her," Lenker said. "She trusts us so much and we have fallen in love.”

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Reply Dog Found On Side Of Road Immediately Snuggles Her Rescuer (Original post)
catbyte Jan 10 OP
Ilsa Jan 10 #1
FM123 Jan 10 #2
onecaliberal Jan 10 #3
mysteryowl Jan 10 #4
NoMoreRepugs Jan 10 #5
Stuart G Jan 10 #6
TomSlick Jan 10 #7
Demovictory9 Jan 10 #8
SunSeeker Jan 10 #9
wnylib Jan 10 #10
hunter Jan 11 #11
MatthewHatesTrump2 Jan 11 #12

Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 06:57 PM

1. Sweet, sweet dog. So much love.

I'm glad she got a happy ending.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 07:05 PM

2. Oh, that sweet girl.

I had to do a double take, because she looks like my old pup did many years ago....

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 07:39 PM

3. Love this.

❤️

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:32 PM

4. Thank you Kris!

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:35 PM

5. Awesome.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 08:44 PM

6. Thank You for posting...

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:06 PM

7. Really good people.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:12 PM

8. good

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:21 PM

9. Poor baby. Skin and bones.

She is clearly socialized to people. She probably had a family that cared for her once...until they dumped her or she got lost.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:40 PM

10. Exactly what I was thinking. Sounds like

the dog once had a home and somehow ended up on her own, lost, lonely, sfraid, snd hungry. Might have been dumped, but there mught be a family somewhere wondering what happened to her and hoping she is all right. Good that she has a home now.

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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 11:41 AM

11. I once found a dog that was skin and bones like that, and covered with fleas.

Best I can figure he ran away when his family lost their home and had to move to a place where they couldn't keep him, maybe out of state, maybe even Mexico. They never came looking for him at the shelter, etc..

He found a good home with my wife's sister's family and still thinks I'm the best person in the world because I gave him food and water and took him in when he was lost.

We have another dog who belonged to a relative who was homeless. She was living with him in his car. Our relative finally found a place to live but they didn't allow dogs. We took his dog "temporarily" but that was years ago and now she's part of our pack. Housing is incredibly expensive here in California and many affordable places don't allow pets.

There's a lot of reason dogs get lost or abandoned.

Frequently it's the result of some traumatic event in people's lives.

All our dogs are, and have always been, rescue dogs of some sort and I grew up with similar dogs.

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Response to catbyte (Original post)

Sat Jan 11, 2020, 02:19 PM

12. What a sweetie!

K&R

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