Man Builds Girlfriend's Rescue Dog His First Ever Yard
Rescue dog Bentley has never really had a place to call home.
The bloodhound suffers from numerous medical and anxiety issues and had four prior owners before KaTarra Taylor, from Colorado, USA, took him in when he was four-years-old.
KaTarra said: "I was his 5th home and everyone had given up on him. He was destructive, aggressive, and untrusting.
"I was in a one-bedroom apartment but I couldn't let him go back to the rescue again after not doing well at my parents home. I worked tirelessly to leash train him, treat his anxiety, diagnose and treat his severe allergies, and break his aggression."
KaTarra ended up moving to a townhouse with her boyfriend Nick and his dog, and while it was bigger, it still didn't have a nice yard for Bentley to relax in.
KaTarra said: "The whole time [Bentley's] been with me he's never had his own yard... just the park and the grass on our walks."
But thankfully, Bentley at last has a patch to call his, after army veteran Nick spent $400 (£324) and a hard weekend 'working his a** off' to convert a small patio area into a yard for the pooch.
Speaking to The Dodo, KaTarra said: "Bentley immediately laid down and just stayed there for several hours. He seems so happy with it."
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In other heartwarming rescue dog news, a Chihuahua puppy and a pigeon have become best pals at an animal shelter in New York.
Pup Lundy arrived at The Mia Foundation in January from a North Carolina breeder who had noticed the small dog had issues walking. Lundy - who has mobility problems likely linked to spinal cord damage - quickly became friends with one of the rescue's oldest residents, a pigeon called Herman, who can't fly.
The two animals are now inseparable and The Mia Foundation's founder, Sue Rogers, often finds them cuddling together at the rescue's facilities.
Sue said: "I set Herman on a dog bed and started caring for Lundy, and I decided to carefully put Lundy in the same dog bed next to him. They started interacting immediately in a very cute way."
So hopefully now your heart is feeling sufficiently warmed. You are welcome.
Featured Image Credit: KaTarra Taylor