I’m trying to give a normal life to a dog rescued from a dogfighting property. After one year he almost knows what to do with a bone.

I’m trying to give a normal life to a dog rescued from a dogfighting property. After one year he almost knows what to do with a bone.

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  1. >shittymorph

    I no longer know what to believe! WHAT IS LIFE? DID YOUR DOG PLUMMET SIXTEEN FEET THROUGH AN ANNOUNCERS TABLE?

    Edit: My first reddit gold, thank you so much u/shittymorph. Best user on reddit, it’s not just a coffee cup for you bud.

  2. Good on you for giving him a home. He looks so innocent and not the least bit vicious, can’t imagine how long he would have lasted if he had to keep dogfighting.

    So does he do this whenever you give him food? Or is he non-responsive to the bone only?

  3. He’s lucky to have someone like you. Remember, storms make trees take deeper roots. So he’s gonna come out of it stronger than ever and will be there to give you strength when you need it. Love to you both!

  4. Thank you for trying.

    I feel like we owe dogs so much that never gets put into words; 30,000 years of co-evolution where we taught them some tricks and they taught us what loyalty and goodness mean.

  5. Obviously, you need to take a bite out of the bone yourself. Keep going if he still hesitates. You might need to eat a few of them every day.

    Seriously though, dogs are the best people. Don’t have the best people force fight eachother, thanks.

  6. Dude, you rock. I used to work with fight trained animals everyday, it’s the most emotionally taxing thing I’ve ever done. Looks like he’s doing fairly well, just know there are some things he will never adjust to. I had a little guy for 11 years, he was so nervous about things that I never got him to play with any kind of toy. Once he learned to not bite, he would flat out refuse. It took several years for him to get him to pay that much attention to a bone, so I’m gonna say you’re doing fine, and so is he. Keep up the good work, and always be patient.

  7. I just got home from a 12 hour overnight shift, my GSD who was previously abused was so excited to see me. I let him outside to do his thing and opened this post. He is similar in that he’s scared of literally everything (especially feet) but he is a big time snuggler and he ran up and climbed in my lap for some snuggle time as i watched this video. Got me right in the feels.

    You’re doing a great thing and the world needs more people like you man (or madam).

  8. My dogs wanted me to hold their bones when they were puppies. I think it helped them learn how to find a good angle to chew and gave them permission to enjoy a treat. If this dog never had that kind of approval, it might help for you to do that. In time, they just took the chew because they had learned it was okay for them to eat if I gave it to them.

  9. Poor guy. I’m fostering a female pitbull that was about be put down, and she’s so skittish that when you walk in a room, she immediately rolls over and won’t move. It’s great to see that good humans still exist in the world, so thank you!

  10. My dog was a rescue dog, not sure what she was rescued from but even after the copious amounts of hugs and kisses I give her, if my hand comes to her head just a *little bit* too quickly, her head moves towards the floor and she squints as if she’s ready to brace impact.

    We’ve had her for 4 years and we rescued her at only 4 months old. It’s terrible just thinking about what her previous owners may have done, but I’m so glad I’m able to give a puppy another chance at life, just like you have!

    Best wishes, OP!

    Edit: Grammar

  11. I love this post. And then suddenly noticing who it was that posted it just absolutely made my day for some reason. It’s like seeing your favorite comedian at the hospital helping sick kids.

  12. I was volunteering this weekend and after 3 years I saw my first (accidental) dog fight (due to negligence by others. Rule No.1: dogs do NOT interact for this reason). We broke it up in time, but honestly, it was … terrifying. I can’t even fathom how someone could enjoy watching that. I was on edge for the rest of the day. 😖

  13. This will probably be buried, but I had a similar experience with a German Shepherd. She was neglected for the first 2 years of her life. She had an amazing pedigree with both her parents being purebred and multiple time show winners. We adopted her for less than $100. When she came home, she wouldn’t sniff *anything*. She wouldn’t even shake off the snow on her coat after she went out. It took her 6 months to basically learn how to be a dog.

    She passed away after a long, fulfilling life a month or so ago. So yeah, this video hits hard.

    RIP Dallas.

  14. This is a great thing you’re doing. They deserve nothing but love from us. I lost my dog yesterday due to Cancer and he was only a year and 7 months old. It’s the hardest thing I’ve experienced so far because he meant so much to us and, I have no idea what to do with myself at the moment.. Take care of this little guy and love him every day.

  15. Keep up the good work. It took my rescue pup over a year to feel safe eating if we were so much as looking at him. If you moved an inch he would cower away from his bowl, assuming that we were going to take it away from him.

    Now the little guy runs up to us with his mouth full of kibble when he gets excited, eating it with his mouth open to show us when he’s happy. He’s a delightful little weirdo, and it was only with time that he could feel safe enough to relax into his full derpy glory.

  16. I haven’t felt this good about another human beings work since nineteen ninety eight when the undertaker threw mankind off hell in a cell, and plummeted sixteen feet through an announcer’s table. Keep up the good work.

  17. Maybe he just doesn’t like that bone thing. Mine does this…takes the thing, puts it down then looks at me with big eyes like “you have one of the ones I like, right?”. I learned that if I get anything but the ones he likes I just end up giving them away. And yet…he eats poo. Licks his own rectum. But stuffed rawhide is a big fat NO. Asshole with fur….

  18. My sweet Sunny Rey was rescued after the flood of 2016 here in Louisiana. She was found at my fiancé’s uncles plumbing shop inside of the barbed wire fence. The water was so high she swam over it.
    When we brought Rey home, we quickly realized she was not fed enough, she was abused specifically by men with beards because she cowers from only them, and she has food aggression.
    I know Rey can’t help but want to fight her sisters for food, so I take her and hold her face “that’s not okay, that’s not how you love”. I really think she understands me and the tone I use for her. I couldn’t pop her butt for these instances because if you raise your hand to pop her, she runs and hides.
    I know what abuse is like, Rey shouldn’t have to live her life in fear so I do my best for my girl.

  19. Jeeze man.. A friend of mine used to hang with this dude who did the dog fight thing. I went to his house twice in total. The first time I saw that dog chained up in the yard with mounds of poop, stress holes dug all over the place and obvious irritation around hos neck from the chain…on top of that, the dog was sweet when you aproached him submissively. It tore me to pieces seeing that pup in such horrible conditions. A few nights later i went into his back yard with bolt cutters and took the big guy home with me. It took about 30 minutes for me finally get back there at night without him raising hell. (deli meat helps A lot). It Only took a week for the big pup to warm up to strangers :). A month later i found him a good home. I dont think that guy ever found out who took his dog.

  20. My girl was a breeder. She had her ears cut off and her jaw broken. We adopted her a year ago this week. About 2 months ago she just started talking. She barks quick multiple barks when she wants a treat. Low woofs when she wants breakfast or dinner. And she sounds like a hound dog “a-roo-roo-roo” when she’s excited that we are home or she’s happy at the dog park.

  21. My mama bear miss Bella bird was used for fighting before we crossed paths. She was wandering around the perimeter of my friends yard and had a massive, heavy collar on her neck and was skin and bones. It was hard to get her healthy again, I open fed her and still do and everyone comments on how she needs to put on more weight but I think she’s just fine. She’s the most loyal and loving dog there ever was.

    It’s been 4.5 years now and she’s finally learning fetch. She used to cower anytime I picked up a ball and threw it. It took another stray dog wandering into our life for her to understand how enjoyable bones could be. That would be Rocket. His mom and dad were a pill popping pimp/prostitute combo and they responded to my fliers 10 days after I found him — only to abandon him in my back yard 3 months later. I’ve had him for almost 2 years now and I love my pups

    Edit: [Bella & Rocket](https://imgur.com/gallery/uQkiC)

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