There’s really no easy way to address the growing number of stray animals that are roaming the streets of the world. Most people are too busy trying to solve their own problems, so they rarely take the time to try to help an animal who might be walking around cold with an empty belly.
Fortunately, there are some good people in the world who do take the time to stop and see if there’s anything that they can do for a stray. Take BJ Nemeth, for example. He loves pets so much that he often travels with Brisco, a rescue dog. But one night, he noticed another dog who was in desperate need of some TLC, and he decided to do something about it.
BJ Nemeth is a poker tournament reporter and he gets to travel around the US quite a bit.
He often travels with Brisco, his pooch, whom he considers to be an extension of his family. In fact, BJ loves his animal so much that he created a Twitter page for him. And it’s a good thing he loves dogs so much, because there was another dog who really needed some help.
Nemeth was heading home to Atlanta, Georgia, but he didn’t bring Brisco with him on this trip.
It was getting late and he decided to pull over at an Alabama rest stop to grab himself a soda. But as he walked over to the vending machine, he noticed someone, or rather something, who left him absolutely stunned.
He saw a pooch who was lying under a vending machine. He had originally feared the worst.
He assumed that something might have happened to the dog because it was there on the ground, lying still. At first, he feared the dog might not be alive. So, he went over to check on it, and fortunately, it was breathing.
Nemeth was very relieved to see that the pooch was very much alive and kicking, but it needed help.
He decided to take a photo using his phone so that the flash wouldn’t startle the pooch, which he learned was female. The dog might not have used words, but it was obvious from the way it looked at him that it wanted a lot of things from this human who had walked up to help.
The first thing he did was to buy the dog some crackers from one of the vending machines.
He also noticed that the dog had been using a discarded styrofoam container to drink water out of, but this was only a temporary solution for the pooch, who seemed tired and sad. To make things worse, there was nothing around the area for six miles in both directions.
While the dog continued eating its snacks, Nemeth tried to figure out who the dog belonged to.
Then he came to the conclusion that no one had lost this dog. If anything, it was possible that she had been tossed on the side of the road and was left to fend for herself. As a lover of animals, this was difficult for him to accept.
After sharing a couple of photos of the dog on social media, people fell in love with the pooch.
But despite all the attention the pup was getting online, there was only one person who could help it out of this predicament, and that was Nemeth, who wasn’t about to let the dog continue to remain at that rest stop all by itself.
The dog kept its eyes fixed on the human who had offered something to eat, and more.
Nemeth grabbed a towel from his car and wrapped the dog in it so he could put the pup in his backseat. He also gave his wife a ring so that she could call some animal shelters and see if any of them could provide the pooch some long-term help.
Even before Nemeth had made it to Georgia, the pooch was beyond grateful for being finally rescued.
The grateful pooch licked his elbow and his hand as a way of expressing its gratitude. Sometimes, it would also press its cold nose on his arm, and he would often look at this adorable rescue and notice that it was smiling back at him. This made him more determined than ever to help the pup find a permanent home.
Nemeth had made a couple of pit stops in case the pooch needed to go number one or two.
Eventually, he made it to Atlanta in the morning, but he was afraid that his dog, Brisco, would not react well to the stray pup. So, he decided to keep Brisco away from her. The next day, he decided to take the pooch to the vet.
The vet determined that the dog was 4 years old, and Nemeth had the dog spayed and vaccinated.
The vet also treated a cut the pooch had under its eye, and she was so touched by Nemeth’s kindness that she gave him a discount. As time went on, the dog’s sweetness started to emerge because it was feeling better, and she didn’t mind being on a leash while she settled in Nemeth’s house.
Nemeth took the pooch to his friend Barbara, who lives in Dallas, Texas and wanted to adopt her.
Barbara was recently widowed, so both she and the pooch will be able to help each other fill the void in their hearts. The pooch will now have a mommy who works from home and will have more time to play with it. The dog will also have the time of her life, playing around in Barbara’s big backyard too.
Now that the dog has found a forever home, she’ll never have to worry about being alone again.
In a world so full of negativity, it can be refreshing to read a beautiful story like this one about people who simply couldn’t ignore seeing an animal in distress. Hopefully, others will be inspired to follow suit and show compassion to the next wayward dog they see.