One has to stoop really low to abandon a pet just when they need you the most.
Our hearts ached inconsolably when we first saw the picture of a distressed 5-year-old Boxer mix named Dory, who was abandoned at the North Side Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas, with her 9 puppies.
For days, the heartbroken mama waited in the church parking lot beside her blue plastic crate and begged strangers for help, while her babies only grew weaker.
Source: Paw Angel Animal Rescue/Facebook
Eventually, the Paw Angel Animal Rescue arrived to rescue Dory and her puppies.
The starving and dehydrated furry family was taken to a local clinic, where they received individual medical care.
Seeing Dory’s many open, draining wounds and fragile health, it was evident that she had been subjected to abuse and neglect for a long time.
While the rescue took in Dory’s puppies and diligently began nurturing them, a tragic discovery left them shattered.
One of the puppies named Peach was found to have a painful tumor in her throat. Her situation worsened quickly and she ultimately had to be put down out of mercy.
After this devastating setback, Dory and the rest of her puppies were transferred under foster care.
Source: Jamie Burch/YouTube
It’s been a rough ride for Dory and her 8 puppies, but they are all doing great in their foster home now.
The puppies are already showing adorable personalities and we’re sure they’ll soon end up in good homes. Sadly, Dory’s abandonment story is not uncommon at all.
We hope people stop dumping pets in the middle of nowhere as no creature deserves to go through such pain and trauma.
Click the video below to watch how Dory and her puppies were cruelly abandoned in the church parking lot.
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A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.
Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.
1. German Shepherd
No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.
Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.
3. Golden Retriever
A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.
4. Border Collie
Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.
Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.
6. Belgian Malinois
A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.
Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.
Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.
Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.
10. Australian Cattle Dog
You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.
Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!