Two dogs abandoned in a park with just two bowls of food and a note asking for help have been given a new leash of life after being rescued by a passerby.
Kayla Berg spotted the terrified pooches – one of which was severely underweight – when driving past a dog park in Tempe, Arizona, at about 2am.
She pulled over to investigate with a friend and they were stunned to find a note from the pair’s previous owner, explaining they couldn’t take care of them anymore.
It took Kayla and her friend about an hour to convince the dogs to come out of the park and into her car – but once she got them home, they wouldn’t leave her alone and showered her with cuddles.
Their affection for Kayla and most importantly each other convinced Kayla she couldn’t risk the potential of them getting split up at a shelter, so she decided to keep them herself.
She took them to her local vets for a check-up where they were also vaccinated and neutered, and over time the two dogs – which she’s named Storm and Summit – have got to a healthy weight and happily living their new lives.
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Kayla said: “I went to go hang out with my friend and in her neighborhood there’s a dog park.
“When I drove past the dog park around 7pm I noticed two dogs but didn’t think much of it but when I went to leave around 2am I noticed the dogs were still there.
“My friend and I went to see what was going on and that’s when I saw the note saying the old owner couldn’t take care of them anymore and two bowls of food.
“They were so scared and confused it took us about an hour to convince them to come out of the park, but I got them in my car and took them home for the night.
“When I got into bed both Storm and Summit jumped up and started cuddling me and I just knew I couldn’t risk a shelter splitting them up or having something bad happen again, so I kept them.
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“I had to get them all vaccinated and neutered which was a lot of work and money at first.
“When I found Storm and Summit they were scared, shutdown and very antisocial. They feared new people and new situations and Summit was also extremely underweight.
“I wanted to show everyone the story of how I got them and how much they’ve grown and changed.
“They’re both now at healthy weights, they get to play and socialize with other dogs, they love going everywhere with me and they even have a new brother Zeus who they love.
“I had them DNA tested through Embark and found out Storm is 25% German Shepherd, 25% Chow Chow, 25% Pitbull 15% Husky and a few other breeds.
“Summit is mainly 40% German Shepherd, 20% Australian Shepherd, 15% Husky, 10% Chow Chow.
“But I even discovered they share 40% DNA which explains why they’re so bonded.”
Story via T&T Creative Media