As dog owners, you likely consider your dog as part of your family. Some people even jokingly say that dog owners love their beloved dogs a lot more than their actual family. As a person who owns and loves dogs, I can never really understand how some people would be able to mistreat these creatures and subject them to abuse and neglect.
Unfortunately, abuse and neglect of dogs happen all the time. Some people don’t know the real responsibility and the joy of being a dog owner. A German Shepherd named Herschel, being treated with love and respect, was nothing but a fantasy. Herschel spent most of his life in chains in his owner’s backyard.
Herschel was neglected and wasn’t shown love by his owners. After being abandoned by his owner, Herschel was given up to an animal shelter, twice. Life seemed hopeless for Herschel. Thankfully, an animal rescue organization called Found Animals pulled Herschel from the animal shelter and started to find him a forever home.
Herschel’s chance of finding a forever home and a loving family grew even bigger when Rocky Kanaka fostered him and featured him on his show. Rocky showed how amazing Herschel is to people to get him noticed and find a family. Rocky treated Herschel to burritos, puppuccinos, and playing in the snow.
When the video was posted in Rocky’s show, it went viral, and adoption application for Herschel started coming in. Eventually, Herschel found the perfect family and a loving forever home. Rocky needed to do one last thing for Herschel, which is to take him to his forever home in Washington.
On the way to Washington, Rocky decided to let Herschel experience another first in his life. They made a quick stop on the way for Herschel to experience the ocean. When Herschel realized what was happening, his reaction was priceless. Herschel started freaking out because of pure happiness.
Herschel started jumping and whining like he couldn’t control his happiness and excitement. Rocky took Herschel out to the water to feel the ocean for the first time. Herschel looked like he was in heaven. He was playing in the water and started biting the waves. Herschel absolutely loved the ocean.
After that moment of joy and excitement for Herschel, Rocky had one last surprise for Herschel. Herschel met his forever family for the first time. Herschel’s new mom fell in love with him, and it definitely looks like Herschel’s going to have an amazing family. Here’s an adorable and heartwarming video showing Hershel’s first time experiencing the ocean.
Video Source Rocky Kanaka via YouTube