The video below is about taking a bath, and how good that feels sometimes. It’s cuter when you watch a little puppy blissing out as the water runs over his body, but we’ve all been there.
But it’s also about more than just taking a bath, or your daily dose of cuteness. The pup shown, along with his siblings, came very close to becoming one of those innumerable horror stories that goes by on my daily news feed as I look for stories to write. Just watching the headlines scroll by can be a grueling start to the day.
Somebody didn’t see these dogs as cute, or even desirable. They came to DFW Rescue Me, an organization in Denton, Texas, after someone tried to get rid of them. “We got a call from Dallas Animal Services about three puppies that were abandoned in a bag found inside a dumpster in Dallas, Texas,” volunteer Claire Fowler tells the interviewer. Fowler took them home with her because at this stage, the pups aren’t old enough to survive without a mother. As she says: “What people don’t realize is that bottle babies require a lot of time and special care. Not only do they have to be fed every two to four hours, they can’t go the restroom on their own. Mom helps them with that. Since there’s no mom — well, we do everything here.”
Watching the little pup luxuriate in his bath is adorable and heart-warming enough. But when you think of what could have been for these three little guys, and look at the effort that volunteers such as Fowler put into giving them a different story — that makes it more than another cute dog video.
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