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Bullied Puppy Shook, Stayed On Rock Pile So They Couldn’t Get To Him

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 November 14, 2022

A family reached out to Sidewalk Specials, a wonderful rescue group in South Africa, and asked them for help. Their dog had a litter of puppies but one of the babies, the runt of the litter, wasn’t doing well.

He shook uncontrollably and wasn’t eating or sleeping. The other puppies bullied him. He climbed up on a rock pile to feel safe. His young life was already filled with difficulties and tragedy. It was heartbreaking.

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The rescue group gathered supplies and raced over. One of the volunteers, Rachael, saw the little guy and was awe-struck. She knew if they didn’t take him, he wouldn’t survive. Rachael explained this and the family surrendered the shaking pup. The little boy who had been taking care of the puppy was sad to see him go but understood his life was on the line. Rachael picked up the puppy and put him into her vehicle.

Bianca, a patient and loving foster mom, took the tiny puppy into her home and gave him the sweetest name… Pumpkin. Even though Pumpkin was safe, he still shook. But at least he felt comfortable enough to sleep, which he desperately needed to do. It took a week for the pup to settle in. As Pumpkin grew stronger, his playful side came out. He learned how to run and play– but not like the average puppy. His run looked more like a bunny hop. It’s both adorable and hysterical!

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Although Pumpkin was shy in the beginning, he began to warm up to Bianca’s pets. His true friendly personality began to shine! Pumpkin met Bianca’s cat. At first, he had no idea what to do with this furry creature, but then everything changed. You will be amazed at how their friendship develops! We are so grateful for Pumpkin’s rescue and you will be too. Watch Pumpkin’s full story below.

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