No matter how damaged an animal may seem, there is always a chance of recovery. We’ve seen so many stories of dogs and cats left to die and suffering from the worst abuse that have happy endings. They just need one person willing to give them a chance to get their life back, patience, care and a lot of love.
Brian Beker is that kind of person. And Roo, the Golden Retriever who has conquered so many hearts, was the lucky dog who got a second chance at life. Before being rescued by Beker in July 2012, Roo showed so many signs of neglect and damage— she was underweight, her teeth were black, her ears were stuffed with blood and wax, she had a thick flea infestation and she was covered in feces, urine and concrete. She had been left to die in a high-kill shelter in northern Los Angeles. Apparently she was the most petrified dog they’ve ever seen.
Beker, who was volunteering for Independent Labrador Rescue of Southern California, got assigned to picked her up and foster her. She was eight months old and even though it seemed like it, she was not out of hope. The way she has quickly blossomed just proves it.
Beker shares her adventures on his blog “The Dog In The Clouds“ where you can read about their road trips through the U.S. and to Mexico, her fascination with snow, the new friends she meets on the way and even how she survived a snake bite. He also published a book where he tells Roo’s rescue story which is called “Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress.”
Based on the calculation she was eight months old when he rescued her, so Beker assigned her birthday to be on November 11, 2011. It really doesn’t matter if it’s an arbitrary date— it gives them a reason to celebrate. She almost didn’t even turn one year old and now, thanks to Beker, she’ll turn four in a month a half.
This video may be a bit old but it will definitely make you smile because you are about to see a dog chose a toy of her own for the first time in her life.
If you want to see more of Roo’s videos, you can do it on Beker’s YouTube Channel.