After being chained up for 15 years to a dog named Bear is finally free.
Last week, New York-based rescue organization Guardians of Rescue was called to a house in Suffolk County, New York for a dog in need of a dog house. When they arrived, they saw a senior Labrador mix named Bear. Chained up, he had spent 15 years in the backyard, with little to no protection against the harsh winters and steamy summers.
While Guardians of Rescue volunteers were called to provide shelter, they decided to see if they could help Bear out in a bigger way. They asked the owner if he would relinquish Bear to the organization, so they could provide him a better life for his senior years. He agreed.
So, after 15 years of being on a heavy chain, staff finally set the dog free. They loaded him into the truck, took him to get his very first bath and get checked out by a vet before Bear began enjoying his new life. His first stop was a pet store, where he was treated to his first toy.
“Bear kept his new toy close, while patiently waiting to check out!” a Facebook post on Guardians of Rescue states. “Bear was a perfect gentleman while on his new shopping adventure, and enjoyed all of the new sights, smells and watching the activity around him.”
He was also able to walk the beach for the first time, eat ice cream and enjoy a Starbucks’ Puppuccino.
The organization is taking applications for Bear. Guardians of Rescue also has a new show called “The Guardians,” on Animal Planet on Saturday’s at 10 pm EST.