Bear's Story

Why did you decide to rescue?
I had been longing for a dog to bring into my home, and knew that rescue / adoption was the way to go. I believe in adopting rescue pets, especially senior pets, as they are harder to place. I didn't have any other pets in my home and was ready. I had just moved into a new house in December, and heard Bear's story on the news in January.
Please tell us your story with rescuing. 
I heard of Bear's story on the local news channel, first. He had been chained up for 15 years, outside. He was finally rescued from this life by the Guardians of Rescue. His story, and thinking about his life, was more than I could bear. I cried, thinking what a horrible way to keep a pet. I applied immediately. I couldn't stop thinking about Bear. I called that afternoon to make sure they received my application. The next day I went down to the local pet shelter where Bear was, to introduce myself. By this time, his story was no longer local. He had hundreds of applicants waiting to adopt him. By the end of the week, Bear was a celebrity, and featured on Good Morning America. Ricky Gervais even pleaded with people to adopt him. I kept persisting, asking if they had found a home for Bear. Finally, they told me, he was coming home with me! I was so ecstatic, so happy!
Bear is amazing. He is so sweet, gentle, and loving. He adapted to indoor life right away. He didn't have to be house-trained. He is quiet, loves being pet, loves getting attention (in the form of being pet and stroked, talked to, and treats, lots of treats), loves to go on walks. He loves to jump in the car and go on car rides. He is always up for an adventure.

What was your biggest fear with rescuing and how did this fear play out once all was said and done?

I feared that he would either be fearful, and maybe bite when he was fearful; or, that he would have accidents before he was house-trained, but he never needed to be house-trained, not even from day one. He never had an accident, ever.  He sometimes flinches when you go to pet his head, and that saddens me terribly. Makes me so sad. But most of the time he never is fearful or shows distrust. He's not an angry dog.

What would you say the most positive part of rescuing is? 

Knowing that I gave a loving, secure, and safe environment, home, to a senior dog, a forever home. And that he knows he can depend on me, trust and rely on me. 

Would you rescue again?

Absolutely.

What would you like everyone to know about this topic?

How important it is to adopt a rescue and senior dogs are awesome pets. 

Follow Bear on Instagram: bear_the_dog_unchained or Facebook: Bear The Dog: Unchained


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  • Judy Hendrickson on

    Bear deserves every joy & treat he receives. “Lucky”, no. Deserving? YES! May his new & beloved mom continue to share and spoil him. When we see abuse like he lived, please ACT on it. It should never have taken 15 yrs.to cut that chain! Love you Bear. Enjoy.

  • Mary Pendley on

    Beautiful story. Bear you’re one lucky dog


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