Rescuer Works to Earn the Trust of an Emaciated Shelter Dog and the Transformation Is Amazing

emaciated dog hears "good boy" and has the sweetest reaction

One man, through kindness, care and love, was able to win over Bear, a frightened, neglected and abandoned Doberman mix, and when the animal heard one particular phrase, the canine's reaction was so heartwarming.

Animals, all of them, are deserving of kindness and love. Yes, for some of them, it's best to deliver that kindness, care and respect from a safe distance and behind a barrier. But for others, such as dogs and cats, a sweet pat on the head or a rub on the tummy could endear that animal to you for a long time.

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In a clip posted on YouTube, one man, Rocky Kanaka, visited with Bear. Bear, as the video shows, was severely underweight. The sweet but neglected canine's ribs are seen through his coat. In fact, a female voice mentions that Bear was found near a Chick-fil-A restaurant, likely searching for something to eat.

Rocky is thoroughly and utterly shocked at Bear's emaciated state.

"Sometimes, if a dog is hungry, it's because the family can't afford the food, or there's a lack of education," he says. "But this is really bad. He is, honestly, I don't know how he's still here."

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The man in the video slowly enters the cage with the frightened animal. At first, the dog did not even want to look at Rocky, choosing instead to turn its head in the opposite direction.

But after several minutes, the sweet dog begins to open up to his visitor. The man slowly hands the dog one treat after another. The dog then starts sniffing and smelling his visitor and momentarily even makes eye contact with Rocky.

Dog Has Sweetest Reaction To Hearing ‘Good Boy”

Next, amazingly, the dog allows Rocky to pet and rub his head. Eventually, the animal sits up next to the man.

Bear then hears something that he likely has not heard or experienced much of in his life: positive affirmations. Rocky, while petting Bear, informs the emaciated animal that he is a "good boy."

Bear seems to understand those kind words because his reaction is so sweet and touching. The canine turns and looks at Rocky several times while noticeably wagging his tail repeatedly.

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Words do matter. Kind words and statements of encouragement can mean a lot to someone struggling. As the video shows, that is even true for an animal who has experienced a rough patch or been abused.

"An upright man has thought for the life of his beast, but the hearts of evildoers are cruel."Proverbs 12:10

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