One morning at a park in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a group of friends went to walk their dogs. Suddenly, something interrupted their walk! A little puppy lying on the grass caught their attention. He was extremely skinny and was missing patches of his thin fur. He looked defeated. But the moment the little one saw the group, he cheered up and began following them.
Because none of them had the heart to just leave an innocent life behind, they took the puppy and took him to a vet. They had him scanned but he wasn’t microchipped so they had no way of knowing who his owner was if he actually had one. For about 2 weeks, they kept posting his story online hoping someone would come forward and claim him.
With no one claiming him, the friends decided it’s time to get him to a new family and thought Jacob and Katy Bywater were the perfect individuals for him. Knowing they actually had a plan of adopting a dog, they were approached if they’d be interested with him. Without knowing anything about the little dog, the Bywaters said yes and felt he’s just meant to be with them.
Named Strider later on, the Bywaters made it official and brought home the pup. Strider was super timid at first. He also didn’t show much interest in playing. It seemed no one taught him so he had no idea how.
At approximately 10 weeks old, a visit to the vet determined Strider was a mix of red heeler and a beagle, and therefore won’t be that big of a dog. The spouses got thrilled since the actually wanted a smaller one. But after a few weeks, they noticed the opposite.
“When he turned six months, he was about 40 pounds already, so we figured he probably wasn’t a beagle. But we’re certain he’s a red heeler due to his body and fur color,” said Bywater. “We bought a DNA test kit online and it revealed he was a mix of red heeler and a great pyrenees. But that news didn’t change what we feel about him. He’s still family.”
Turned out, Strider was quite a surprise. The little puppy that was abandoned at the park is now a big dog at 80 pounds and is still expected to grow bigger. And as his size increases, the love of his new family also grows bigger, and nothing will ever change that.
Credits to Jacob Bywater