Haven’t we all encountered “that dog” before? You know the kind I’m talking about, the sort of dog with so much energy and is bouncing off the walls.
Though it’s never fun to run into such a pooch in the wee hours of the morning, an incessantly barking dog is never a good time. We inevitably find ourselves unable to focus, searching for earplugs and wondering why they never tire.
Of course, sometimes a dog barks because it’s not trained well But sometimes it ends up howling for far more important reasons.
In 2015, a rescue group known as Dallas DogRRR discovered an unnamed pup in a city park. According to Lancaster Online, rescuers had noted the dog’s presence in the park for several weeks.
They’d done their best to try and catch him. However, the wily pooch had slipped away from them every time they were close.
The rescuers had noticed something else that was curious, too. They’d noticed the dog was running around with another dog — a female who would later become known as Mona.
One day, though, the unknown pooch showed up and started acting in a strange manner. He began to bark — and he would not stop.
Marina Tarashevsce, who was in charge of the volunteer rescue group, said, “He’s never acted like that before, and I was worried that maybe he was sick or something … happened to him.” He also wouldn’t go away.
She said, “It wasn’t just a regular bark. He just wouldn’t stop and it sounded like he was in distress of some sort.”
A dog behaviorist named John Miller was also with the group. He said to Tarashevsce, “I bet you he’s trying to get you to following him.”
That was exactly what he was trying to do. Every time Miller and Tarashevsce would approach him, he would run forward, stop and continue to bark while running away again.
They followed him through a secluded section of the park down to a muddy creek bed. Huddled there beside a fire-hollowed tree was Mona — and 10 newborn puppies.
“I had suspected that [Mona was] pregnant, so that’s why I followed him,” Tarashevsce said. “I still can’t believe it, that he actually led me to the puppies.”
“But I’m so thankful because we wouldn’t have found them otherwise.” It’s even more incredible considering that Mona and the pups probably wouldn’t have made it if left on their own.
Dallas DogRRR took all of them in. In fact, the organization kept the whole family together in the same foster home.
Oh, and that brave barking dog now has a brand new name. Hero.