When Amanda Guarascio and Dylan Parkinson heard about a stray and starving dog at Evans Creek campground in Washington State, the pair decided to attempt to rescue him.
Their rescue effort would end up requiring a little bit of patience and a lot of ingenuity, but in the end it all paid off. Read how the clever pair were finally able to catch the homeless dog by appealing to his compassion!
Amanda described the events leading to Baby Bear’s rescue on Facebook:
“Dylan and I drove up last night after we heard about him, and to our surprise, he was sitting in a little turn-off on the side of the road right where the girl said she had seen him,” Amanda wrote. “We spent an hour trying to coax him to us with food but it didn’t get us very far.”
They left and returned with a package of hot dogs, staying near him far into the night. At 3 a.m. they headed home but came back the next day with a new plan.
“I got down on the ground with my back to the pup, who we have decided to call Bear (okay, Baby Bear to be exact) and slowly started crawling backwards towards where he was laying,” said Amanda.
She pretended to be hurt, to see if she could coax Baby Bear closer.
“I started whimpering and yawning (which is a calming signal), and continued to slowly get closer and closer until I was rested up against the sweet little Baby Bear! (At one point, he got up to try to find us shelter because he saw me as a pathetic human girl that had no survival skills, he sort of took me under his wing!)”
It worked! Amanda was able to get close to him and actually pick him up!
“I had to carry him everywhere! I had to pick him up and put him in the truck and then we snuggled together until we got to the vet…Where again, I had to carry him inside…all 57 lbs of him!”
Baby Bear was taken to Useless Bay Sanctuary, who were able to find him an amazing foster family.
And shortly after, he found his forever home with a wonderful family.
It’s a fantastic happy ending thanks to Amanda and Dylan’s kindness. They gave of their time and energy and saved a life!