Dogs can be quite a handful if you are taking care of one. They can be so playful that they could exhaust all your energy throughout the day. Sometimes, people take in a dog without realizing that taking care of them can be a lot of work.
This is just what happed with Bear, a pup with a sad backstory.
There was a dog named Bear who once lived in a good home with his family in Australia. Bear had a bottomless pit of energy that his human companions could not handle. Taking care of him eventually became exhausting, and it came to a point where the owners had no choice but to give him up. They thought that they couldn’t do anything about it, and so they surrendered Bear to their nearest local animal shelter.
Luckily, the tides of Bear’s life changed in an instant after someone took notice of him.
The dog just lost a home, and he was stuck behind the bars of the animal shelter. Even though it was safe for him in there, it was probably heartbreaking for him after he saw his parents leave the shelter’s doors.
Thankfully, the people from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) fell in love with the dog the moment they met him.
“The minute we met Bear, we knew he was the one,” said Josey Sharrod, IFAW’s wildlife campaigner to BBC.
They already assumed that Bear was a perfect partner for their job as wildlife rescuers because of his energetic personality, and they were right.
A wildfire devastated a forest in Australia, and there were plenty of animal lives to save.
Humans alone could not efficiently save the injured and trapped koalas who were caught in the wildfire. Some of the animals could not be easily seen, and thus they could not save them in time. Luckily, they were able to find a dog like Bear. They trained him to be proficient in detecting animals and pointing them out to the rescue team. With Bear at their side, their job got a lot faster and more efficient.
IFAW had started feeling hopeless until this hardworking shelter dog came into their lives. Bear started from zero and emerged as a hero after he helped IFAW rescue 100 koalas from the brink of death.
Think before getting a dog.
Bear was fortunate enough to meet IFAW. If it was not for them, he would have remained in the shelter waiting for another human who would be interested in him. To avoid recreating the same fate Bear had, there are plenty of things to consider. First, you must make sure that you can provide enough food, appropriate shelter, and veterinary expenses for your pet as these are their most basic needs.
Second, pay attention, and spend lots of time with your dog. You are their owner and they deserve your time and affection. Since dogs are playful and energetic creatures, it’s your responsibility as an owner to let them blow off steam by engaging them in several activities, such as walks, playtimes, and training. Walking them is probably one of the best ways to exercise as they can also socialize with other humans, pets, and even you.
These are just a few essential things that you should keep in mind if you’re planning to adopt. Once you think you’re ready to handle such responsibilities, then head to the nearest shelter to get a pup of your own!
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