In a heartbreaking turn of events, a dog was left tied to a fire hydrant with a note from its owner and a backpack. But things took an unusual turn when the sad-looking furry baby caught the eye of a stranger. What do you think happened next?
There is something incredibly genuine and pure about the way animals relate to human beings. Undoubtedly, the two share a charming bond that only deepens with time. Additionally, caring for animals and being there for them teaches us kindness, compassion, selflessness, and love.
A dog is considered man’s best friend. These four-legged babies are loyal and trustworthy and never leave their human friends, rain or shine. Unfortunately, their friendship can sometimes be tested, leaving one or both parties in deep sadness and pain. Today’s story highlights something similar.
In early May 2022, a dog was found on the corner of East Walnut Street and South Clay Street in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A note from the puppy’s owner listed her name as “Baby Girl,” and they couldn’t take care of her anymore. In addition to the note, a backpack was left for the dog.
The backpack was filled with food, treats and toys. The dog was tied to a fire hydrant in the area with no one around. In a stunning turn of events, the lone dog caught the eye of a stranger who lived in the neighborhood.
Resident Kylie Rose Engelhardt shared a post about the abandoned dog on her Facebook. Her social media post featured two photos of Baby Girl looking sullen, with her backpack sitting next to her.
THE ENDLESS WAIT
Engelhardt said she accompanied the pup for an hour and waited for someone to pick her up. But when no one came to pick up the dog, the resident said she did what she thought was right given the situation. She added:
” [I] sat outside with her for an hour to keep her warm waiting for someone to come back but no one did. I took her to the Humane Society of Green Bay. I did my best everyone. Believe me, it breaks my heart too.”
After the resident took Baby Girl to the Humane Society of Green Bay, the organization released its own Facebook post, confirming that she was doing well serving her obligatory stray plug under their care and protection.
A MESSAGE OF COMPASSION
But that was not all. The WHS also left a heartfelt message for the dog’s owner. They wrote:
“First of all, we’re so sorry you had to part ways with your best friend. It’s obvious how much you loved her and we can see you did your best while battling your own medical complications. and the challenges of life.”
The organization offered compassion and empathy to the last guardian of the dog and mentioned the many signs it proved that Baby Girl was loved and appreciated. The caption continued:
“We see your love in the bag you carefully packed with all her favorite things. We see your love in the way you attached her leash so she wouldn’t be hit by a car. We see your love in the how you placed her in the middle of a neighborhood where she would be quickly found.”
Additionally, WHS appreciated Baby Girl’s last owner for keeping her happy and healthy and for leaving a touching note asking for someone to help her when she couldn’t help herself anymore. The remaining part of the caption read:
“While we will never let fees be a hindrance and welcome anonymous surrenders, we see that you did what you thought was best for your beloved pup and we appreciate your compassion. Rest assured that she’s safe, she’s getting tons of attention from our team, and she’s on her way to finding her next loving family very soon.”
The organization also said it hopes that if the former Baby Girl caretaker sees her Facebook post, he might feel comfortable knowing she had a bright future ahead of her. It was also evident from the WHS post that if no one claimed the pooch, they would place her for adoption.
Additionally, the organization added that Baby Girl’s new adoptive owner should take care of her health and follow a veterinarian’s plan.
The animal shelter the social media post went viral, amassing 8,000 reactions and over 2.5,000 shares. Many netizens were touched by the heartbreaking images of Baby Girl and shared their own stories in the comments.
A person pats a dog on the head. | Source: Unsplash
Fanny Van de Kamp has told how she was forced to give up a dog 14 years ago because she couldn’t afford medical treatment. She says the decision still pained her, and the compassionate letter from WHS offered him healing.
Andrea Allen Brazeau thanked WHS for changing her perspective and expressed she was in tears for Baby Girl and her owner. She also said the landlady “did a hard and selfless thing to make sure she was taken care of when she couldn’t support herself. That, my friends, is the definition of love.”
Cheryl Callaway Kienitz has revealed she’s thankful Baby Girl is safe. She said she had volunteered at a local shelter and had often seen people bring in stray cats, dogs or animals. Kienitz added that she has never judged people who have abandoned their pets and hoped Baby Girl would find a new home.
A puppy sitting on the ground covered in wilted leaves. | Source: Unsplash
THE HARDEST GOODBYE
When Baby Girl’s story caught the nation’s attention, her former owner, who remained unnamed, explained his decision to leave his dog tied to a fire hydrant. After the story went viral, the landlady said she suffered severe backlash and feared reprisals.
She also said that Leaving Baby Girl was the hardest thing she’s ever done, but it was his only option. The owner added that she was living on the streets and undergoing chemotherapy, which left her unable to care for the adorable pup.
Moreover, she also hoped that Baby Girl would find a loving new home and receive all the love and protection she could not give. She further stated:
“When I put her on the fire hydrant I just saw her face she was like, mom, what, what’s going on here? I hope she finds a fantastic family. She deserves it. Forgive me and bless Baby Girl. Make sure she’s okay.”
An image showing a dog being petted by someone. | Source: Unsplash
PRETTY PUPPY UPDATES
In a Baby Girl story update dated May 10, the WHS thanked everyone for their overwhelming support and kindness to Baby Girl and her former owner. The organization also confirmed that they have reached out to Baby Girl’s last owner and honored her wish to find her a new home.
The post further stated that the sweet a six-year-old dog had diabetes mellitus, and the shelter had placed her under a management plan that monitored her health. Additionally, the organization added that Baby Girl’s new adoptive owner should take care of her health and follow a veterinarian’s plan.
Several users left encouraging messages for Baby Girl in the comments. One person wrote, “Prayers to her former owner. And prayers that Baby Girl finds a forever home.” Another said: “Blessings to the woman who was his former owner.”
In a final update released on May 12, the WHS team announced that Baby Girl has finally found a new home. We are beyond thrilled to know that this adorable dog has been able to return home, and we hope that she receives the love and care that she rightly deserves.
Please show Baby Girl some love and share this touching story with your loved ones.