Marina Tarashevsce and John Miller, who volunteer with Dallas Dogrrr–Rescue.Rehab.Reform., have spent the last few weeks trying to catch a Black Lab mix who’d been abandoned in Crawford Park.
Tuesday night, the dog finally approached them. He was barking furiously.
“He’s never acted like that before, and I was worried that maybe he was sick or something had happened to him,” Tarashevsce told CBS 11 News.
Miller, a dog behaviorist, thought the dog was trying to get them to follow him.
“Every time we got closer, he would go away and bark at us, saying, ‘Keep coming. Keep coming my way,’” Miller told CBS 11 News.
So they followed him into a thickly wooded area. Eventually Tarashevsce and Miller began hearing puppies crying.
“Somehow we found them in a burnt-out tree, right by the creek in the mud, just mom and babies — and it’s pitch black and so difficult to get there,” Tarashevsce said.
They rescued the shivering puppies, along with their mother and father, who now have new names: Hero and Mona Crawford.
“He took us to the puppies. That is exactly what he was trying to do,” Miller told CBS 11 News.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve heard about stuff like this but it was awesome to witness it.”
The 10 puppies and their parents are now living together in a foster home.
“This boy is the best dad, and Mona and her babies are very lucky to have such a very loving protector,” Dallasrrr wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.
The family’s veterinary care is being provided by Mercy Animal Clinic in Garland, Texas. To make a donation to help cover the cost, call the clinic at 972-530-8200.
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