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Video- Abandoned Dog Rescued After 5 Months In Field

X_head_tilted_068_reduced_size_thumb By Annette | February 04, 2013 | Comments (16)

Buddy's Rescue Video

You can follow Buddy's story on Facebook at "Friends of Buddy"

This is the story of Buddy. I learned about him while visiting family in Bakersfield earlier this month when my sister, an animal advocate, showed me a video story that a local television news station had produced about a white dog that had been abandoned in an agricultural field in Bakersfield. The video was dated November 2012. She told me that the dog was still out in that field. I couldn’t believe that I was being shown a video that was two months old and the dog had not been rescued yet.

Buddy had been sitting in the middle of the field, day after day, like he was waiting for someone to come back for him. People said they had seen him in the field as early as August 2012.  No one ever came back for him.

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When the local television station did their story on Buddy several people tried to catch him by doing crazy things like trying to throw a net over him and chasing him in all-terrain vehicles, which terrorized him. People left food and water for Buddy in the field for months.

When I heard about Buddy, I told my sister I would try and rescue him. I had watched many Hope For Paws animal rescue videos. I decided to use some of the strategies I had seen in their videos. I came armed with hamburgers. It took me 7 ½ hours over the course of 2 days to catch Buddy.

Day 1: I was able to walk within 20 feet of him then I would sit down in the dirt and scoot toward him a little at a time to get closer. I would talk and sing to him in a calming manner. I would get within a few feet of him and toss him some hamburger. When I would get too close he would get up and move away. I would start the approach and scoot toward him over and over again. I scooted around in the dirt in that field for 4 ½ hours and by the end of the day I was within an arm’s reach of him and had him eating out of my hand. I knew if I lunged at him, I would scare him and lost the trust I had built. So, I decided to return the next day. I took away the food that had been left for him by others, leaving only water. I wanted him to be hungry when I returned the next morning.

Day 2: Rain was in the forecast for that night so I was determined to catch him. I was armed with weiners and chicken. I approached him like I had the day before. I walked near to him, sat in the dirt and began scooting toward him and talking to him. He was hungry and came to me, eating out of my hand, but he was still tentative. I saw that he had a collar so I decided that I was going to have to grab him because he was not going to stay still and let me attach a leash. Grabbing him and scaring him was not the way I would have wanted to catch him, but I didn’t have a better choice.

He was not cooperative when I tried to lead him on the leash out of the field. I had two leashes on him, both mesh, and he chewed clear through one and partially through the other. He was too heavy to carry through the field so I called for back-up. I needed better leashes that Buddy couldn’t chew through and help to get Buddy out of the field. He was fighting the leash. Help arrived and we slowly led him out of the field. He chewed through a third leash in the process. By the time we got him to the edge of the field he was exhausted. Watch the rescue below.

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We took him in for an exam and the vet estimates he is a couple of years old. I could not believe that he had spent 25% of his life living in that field! He did have matted hair and had barbed wire wrapped around his tail and matted into his fur, but was otherwise in good health.

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Buddy wagged his tail the day of his rescue and slept a lot for several days after. Life on the streets is hard on a dog and they do not rest. Buddy has now been placed in a foster home to learn to trust people again and to be socialized. He is being fostered in a home with other dogs, cats and birds and is doing well. He likes being with people and is a very attentive dog. Anyone in the Bakersfield, California region who is interested in potentially adopting Buddy can email pleasehelpbuddy@gmail.com

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It seems there is a “Buddy” on every corner these days. Hopefully people will see his story and think about adopting an animal that has been rescued or support their local animal rescue organization. There are plenty of animals that need our help.



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Comments on this Article

Thank God for the soul who decided to save his life instead of being just another observer and bystander. It took determination and dedication and that is so admirable. Buddy is a gorgeous dog and I hope that he finds his forever home soon if he hasn't found it already. Much love to his foster family and all other people involved in caring for this innocent life. <3
YAY Annette, Eldad would be PROUD! You did such a great job and all by yourself. So happy to hear he got a fur-ever home, his foster lost the battle of fostering but won a wonderful, beautiful dog ... :0)
You are truly an Angel and from all the animal lovers, THANK YOU SO MUCH! xxx I hope Buddy finds a lovely forever home as he really deserves to be loved and cherished.
Thank you for saving this beautiful dog! I will never understand how people can abandon such a loving creature. He didn't understand that they were never coming back for him - so sad! Bless you for having the patience to keep trying until you were finally able to rescue him. And I am so glad to read the happy news that his foster family decided to adopt him! May he have a long and happy life with them! They have a wonderful, beautiful dog - bless them, too, for giving him a loving, forever home!
So touching ... buddy is so beautiful i hope someone will give him all the love that he deserves
There is a special place for people who use their time, money and effort to save discarded animals. You are a good person, but I didn't need to tell you that.
thank you for not giving up :)
This video made me cry. I JUST rescued a chow chow 2 weeks ago that had been abandoned in a field for 4 months. Every day, I would slip through the fence and give her food and water...every day! I finally had to use a humane dog trap. I wasn´t armed with hamburgers, but my weapon of choice was chicken nuggets. I finally caught her after 3 days. She walked into the trap, I took her to the vet, and she has since been adopted by a loving family. Thank you for saving this dog and not giving up. :-)
Omg he is so beautiful. God bless this wonderful person who rescued you buddy. I wish i could have him. Hope has a forever home soon!!!
After watching the video, it really looked like Buddy was watching/waiting for someone. How sad that he was left. What a wonderful rescue tho'. God bless the person who carefully and patiently lured him in so he could get the help he needed. I'm hoping for a great family to adopt this beautiful boy. He looks like a laid back, sweet dog.
beautiful baby!! I wish I was close to adopt the cutie!!!!!
Thank you for patiently rescuing this dog. You are an angel.
Wow, an amazing story. Hard to believe he was alone in that field for so long. Thanks to the people who gave him food and water, he survived and is now in loving hands. God bless his caregiver and I pray he will find a loving "forever" home. He looks like such a wonderful pet. I cannot believe a human being would just leave him and never return. No heart! Very sad...
How can people do this?!! How do you sleep at night, KNOWING that your dog is waiting for you to come and fetch him? I'm so glad he was finally rescued. I'm so sorry that humans can be so unkind, Buddy, i hope you find your forever home soon
What a beautiful dog! I cannot believe someone just dumped him there :( I'm so grateful that he is now in a safe and loving home and it's my prayer that someone will come forward and adopt this sweet boy!
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