Let me set the scene for you. Detroit, Michigan circa now, a dog named Boo and a man named Diesel.
Boo’s family is gone. Leaving him on the side of the street with a mattress, some drawers and a few random articles clothing they were too lazy and inconsiderate to take to Goodwill.
Speaking of inconsiderate, who would just move and leave their dog on the side of the road? It happens all the time, yet continues to perplex.
Boo laid on the mattress his family had left for an entire month, fully believing they would come back for him. It’s too bad the family who left him wasn’t as committed.
A neighbor took pity on him and made sure he was fed and hydrated while he waited but obviously Boo couldn’t lay on the sidewalk forever. Someone had to get a roof over his head.
Founder of Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue Mike Diesel was that someone.
“He was just laying there, being his loyal self,” Diesel told The Dodo. “Pillows were still on the mattress. Being the loyal dog he was supposed to be, he waited for his master to come back.”
“What was left behind was whatever they wanted to throw out in the trash,” Diesel continued.
Diesel was deadset on earning the dog’s trust, using both food and familiarity to convince the pup he wouldn’t bite.
Diesel sat with Boo for approximately 11 hours the first day he went to visit him. He spoke to Boo and sat beside him, making sure Boo knew he wasn’t a threat.
Studies show that dogs absolutely do recognize individual voices but are more apt to decipher tone than words.
We can only assume the Diesel, being the big-hearted guy that he is, used a nice soothing tone of voice to lull Boo in.
On top of spending half the day with Boo, Mike brilliantly employed another tactic to climb further up the trust tree.
After getting only a few hours of sleep, Diesel arrived back at Boo’s temporary mattress home with breakfast food from McDonald’s.
At 10 a.m., Boo was greeted with warm hash browns and a sausage McMuffin.
This is when Boo allowed Diesel to place a collar around his neck. At this point he was that much closer to going to the doctor and subsequently finding a suitable home.
“Once I got that on him, I walked him for about half an hour,” Diesel said. “Just being right there next to him, gaining that trust. After that we sat on the ground, on a blanket, for an hour.”
After feeding him, petting him and getting a collar and leash on him and walking him around the block, Boo was ready to get in Diesel’s truck and start a new chapter in his life.
“We kind of talked to each other to make sure we understood each other’s feelings,” Diesel explained. “He knew I wasn’t going to hurt him.”
“Then he let me pick him up,” he says. “I got him into the vehicle and we went straight to the vet.”
While at the veterinarian’s, Boo got along great with other dogs and people alike.
Boo had a minor heartworm issue but the doc had him cleared up in no time.
Last we heard, Boo was in a foster home waiting on his forever home. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, this poor pooch who was left with unwanted furniture has a chance!
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