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A ‘Little Bear’ Sleeping In Parking Lot Asks Shoppers To Take Him Someplace Warm

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on March 1, 2024

Scrounging for food scraps and seeking warmth as the temperature drops is a daily ordeal for stray dogs. This challenge is even more daunting for tiny puppies who lose the warmth and protection of their mother, leaving them vulnerable and alone, longing for human kindness. Ace, a small puppy, experienced this harsh reality while he sat in a store parking lot, yearning for his mother’s comfort. In her absence, he felt an overwhelming sadness.

The puppy caught the attention of passersby with his sorrowful, imploring gaze. He deeply hoped for someone to offer him some warmth and comfort. Deanna Tsosie, a seasoned dog rescuer, was deeply moved when a compassionate individual from the Navajo reservation informed her about a little black puppy found sleeping alone in an Ace Hardware store parking lot.

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Tsosie learned the puppy was about 4–5 weeks old and had been abandoned. Concerned for his well-being, she made her way to the store and discovered the puppy seeking shelter from the cold beside a parked car. As Tsosie attempted to approach and comfort him, the frightened puppy sought refuge behind a car wheel. However, Tsosie’s gentle reassurance coaxed him out of his hiding spot, and he began to trust her.

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Tsosie, who named the puppy Ace, searched the area for any signs of his family but found none. Ace was utterly alone. Holding him, Tsosie could see the longing in Ace’s eyes for a place where he would be cherished. Determined to secure a bright future for him, Tsosie reached out to Az Hidden Jem Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona, which agreed to take Ace into their care.

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After viewing his rescue video, the rescue team immediately fell in love with Ace, noting his resemblance to a lost little bear filled with bewilderment. Ace was swiftly taken to a veterinarian, where he was diagnosed with mange and prescribed treatment.

A loving foster family provided by the Phoenix-based rescue welcomed Ace into their home, offering him the care and affection he needed. Ace embraced his new life with joy, basking in the love from his foster family and playing with his new siblings, a litter of adorable kittens.

Once fully recovered, Ace will begin the search for his permanent home. It’s anticipated that Ace will effortlessly win over a family that will provide him with the endless love and care he so rightfully deserves.

PUPDATE: Ace has found his forever family, and we couldn’t be happier! Here’s to a new life, little one, filled with tons of snuggles, kisses, and toys.

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Stories like Ace’s serve as a reminder that every life matters. Thank you to the Good Samaritan, Deanna Tsosie, and Az Hidden Jem Rescue for saving this precious boy!

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