A family moved out of their home in Detroit, and left lots of trash behind them – an old mattress, pillows, some broken furniture… And a loyal dog. In fact, a pit bull pooch so loyal, he waited for his owners to come back for him for the whole month. Neighbors watched the sad doggie named Boo lying on a curb and would bring him food. Then one day they called Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue Center. When founder Mike Diesel arrived, Boo was in his usual spot. “He was just lying there, being his loyal self,” Diesel told The Dodo.
“Being the loyal dog he was supposed to be, he waited for his master to come back.” Diesel realized his mission was to help the pooch come to terms with the fact his family had left him behind. He knew he had to be very gentle with the doggie and befriend him step by step. So what followed next was days of Diesel doing his best to make the heartbroken and traumatized Boo feel comfortable and safe in his presence.
After some time (and food from McDonald’s), Boo was ready for a collar – and, eventually, to be put in the back of Diesel’s truck.
“We kind of talked to each other to make sure we understood each other’s feelings… He knew I wasn’t going to hurt him.”
Boo turned out to be a super friendly dog. Boo’s biggest dream now is a loving forever home.