We love rags to riches stories, especially when they involve a dog. Daniel is one of those cases where he had a very rough start in life. The adorable dog was saved from a puppy mill by the kind folks at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
He was so weakened when workers raided the mill, he could not stand up. Excited to see help, the little puppy with a big personality crawled toward the rescue crew.
His malnourishment prevented him from using his front limbs, no matter how hard he tried.
Along with 300 other dogs living in squalor and filth, Daniel was saved that day.
“I still remember seeing Daniel for the first time in that dark shed – crawling towards us through piles of dirt and feces, whimpering as if he knew we were there to rescue him,” rescuer Jessica Lauginiger, told The Dodo. “He was full of fight and spirit from the moment we found him.”
Daniel was given love, medical attention, food, and care. As a result, he learned to stand, then hop, and eventually use his front legs for the first time.
When you see the video of Daniel in action these days, he’s a far cry from that little abused puppy who crawled to safety and a new life.
Watch the transformation of this courageous dog in the video below.
Hobbs is a brand-new golden retriever puppy who is getting to know the world around him in his new home. He’s got lots of new toys and balls to play with and his new owners are lavishing attention on him, so life is good. There’s only one thing standing in the way of Hobbs feeling right at home — the steep, scary staircase in his family’s house.
As Hobbs sits at the top of the staircase, his human dad urges him to take his first step. But when you think about how gigantic that drop is to a puppy this size, you can see why he is hesitant to put his paws down on the stair below. He just utters a sweet little puppy squeal and looks dad in the eye as if to say, “You’re kidding, right?”
Undeterred, the dog dad decides that the best way to get Hobbs to take a step is to demonstrate how to do it himself.
Once Hobbs sees Dad doing it, he adorably musters the courage to take a tentative step as well. The two proceed this way down the stairs, only pausing so that Hobbs’ parents can move him to the wall side of the stairwell rather than risk having him fall.
The little guy soon starts to move just a little bit faster and his dad keeps a hand on his back to make sure he doesn’t tumble head-over-paws. Before long he has mastered the entire staircase!
Wait until you see the happy little wiggle Hobbs makes once he has all four paws securely on the ground floor! We didn’t think he could get any cuter but somehow he managed to do just that. Puppies grow so fast that we’re certain in a week, no one will be able to slow this little guy down as he roams from floor to floor!
Watch Hobbs being a brave little pupper in the video below, and don’t forget to share!