Dog Haunted By Abuser Wouldn’t Sleep, Fought To Stay Awake In Case He Came Back

A rescue group based in the United States received a call about a dog coming from Iran. They knew she was paralyzed from a broken spine but they didn’t have a lot more info about her.

The rescue group reached out to Tedi asking if she could foster Pani. She said yes but Tedi had no idea what she was in store for.

As soon as Pani arrived at her new foster home, Tedi noticed that she was very timid. She was cautious every moment of the day.

She’d even sleep, or rest, with one eye open. She didn’t trust anyone or anything which made perfect sense since she spent her whole life on the streets.

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As a stray, Pani had to fight for survival and it was difficult for her to understand that she was now safe. No matter what Tedi tried, Pani couldn’t relax.

She was sleep-deprived as she fought to stay awake 24/7. As Tedi says in the video below, “She wanted to go to sleep and she wouldn’t let herself.”

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But Tedi was nowhere near giving up on the sweet dog. She understood she had been through so much. She enrolled Pani in physical therapy which would help increase her mobility.

Pani loved getting into the water where her limitations didn’t hold her back.

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Pani was fitted for a wheelchair as well. She was able to run on a leash like a “normal” dog and that built up her confidence tremendously.

Once she became an expert on her wheels, Pani never wanted to come in for walks. She loved it that much! Just look at that smile!

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Despite all her accomplishments, Pani still struggled with sleeping. When a dog sleeps, he or she is most vulnerable and Pani understood that.

Her foster mom tried her best to calm her but it would still take time and trust. Tedi explains that with baby steps, she was able to at least get Pani to lie by the foot of the bed and rest.

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In time, Pani would make her way up to Tedi on the bed. And before long, she was right beside her asking to be pet. Tedi’s affection worked miracles on the nervous dog.

It took three long months of persistence but Pani now sleeps comfortably on her back which is the most vulnerable position for a dog.

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With all this effort, Tedi was petrified of what would happen next with Pani. Would her forever family be able to make her feel as safe so she could actually sleep?

You have to see what follows in this terrific story. We are so grateful for rescue groups and fosters. Thank you for all you do every day for dogs in need!

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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