Millions of dogs land in animal shelters and rescues every year. Due to a history of being abused, many of them are petrified of human contact.
This was the case with Edie, a sweet Maltese-Poodle mix on the euthanasia list of a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles, California. Her life was shattered, she was abused and tossed aside, and she sat in a cage waiting for death. And then true love came along.
Hope for Paws, a Los Angeles-based rescue organization, found out about Edie. Their founder, Eldad Hagar, sprung into action to save her life. He found out about the dog’s situation from a friend and decided to meet the dog at the vet’s office for an evaluation.
As Eldad gently lifts the lid from the kennel, the dog immediately barks, growls, and cowers in the corner. She defecated on the floor in fear and howled because she was so frightened. Eldad was able to place the dog on his lap and calm her right down.
The dog who feared everyone and everything melted into a puddle of love. She cuddled with Eldad, nuzzled into his chest, and even gave him a few kisses.
She was given proper care, grooming, and found a forever, loving home with a woman in the San Marino area. Watch the love unfold in this video and celebrate the power of a kind heart.
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10 Of The “Most Loyal” Dog Breeds On The Planet
Giving love and support to humans is something that some dogs do better than others.
While many dogs love everyone they meet and are willing to take treats or belly rubs from anyone, the pups we found are just the opposite.
These 10 dogs are some of the most loyal breeds on the planet. They are rock steady in their loyalty to their owner no matter what.
When the American Kennel Club (AKC) lists loyalty to describe the temperament of the Akita, you know they mean business. The beautiful double-coated working dog of Japanese ancestry is considered hardwired in protecting those she loves. They should be socialized with other dogs and people from the time they are puppies. Their silly, fun, but dignified personalities round out the loyal Akita.
This working dog is smart, full of energy, and oh so loyal to their family. They get along great with kids and have an innate instinct to protect their pack. He’s a watchdog with a heart of gold who oozes dedication to his owner.
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3) Skye Terrier
Known as the “small dog with the big ears,” this adorable breed hails from the Scottish Isle of Skye, hence the name. Whether you live in the city or the country, this small dog with a big personality is steadfast in snuggling, playtime, and remaining loyal to his owners.
This merry hound is friendly, curious and incredibly loyal. While he doesn’t mind the occasional couch potato time, this spunky pooch is energetic and merry. A fun fact about this hound: the breed standard is for 13 inches and under and another in the 13-15 inch category. No matter how you size him, these adorable dogs just want to cling to you.
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This wrinkly non-sporting breed is standoffish to strangers but very loyal to his owner. His ancient Chinese roots are part of the charm of the Shar-Pei. Regal, strong, and smart, if you want a BFF for life, this loose-skinned pooch may be the right choice for you.
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