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Woman’s Dogs Tempt Stray To Follow Them Home But Will He

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 September 20, 2023

When a neighbor went out of town, she decided to check her security camera footage and discovered a stray dog sleeping on her porch. The dog seemed to need help, but every time someone tried to approach him, he would run away. Little did the dog know that his life was about to change for the better, thanks to the kindness of a woman and her two dogs.


The woman, Emily, was out on her usual walk with her dogs when they noticed the stray dog following them. Despite his nervous demeanor, the stray dog followed. It was clear that the dog was scared, but he seemed to understand that the woman and her dogs were trying to help him. When Emily invited the stray dog into her home, it appeared as though he had never been inside before. He cautiously looked around, afraid to step inside.


The dog, now named Mello, eventually settled down in a spot he liked on the bathroom rug. After the first night, Mello began to show signs that he was more accepting of his foster home. The next day, Emily took Mello to the vet, where they discovered that he was underweight but otherwise healthy. After giving him a bath and some much-needed love and attention, the dog began to learn how to behave by observing his new foster doggy siblings.

Emily was initially worried about how her dogs would react to the stray, but they quickly welcomed him into their home. One of her dogs, Kokoro, who had previously had bad experiences with larger dogs, was surprisingly comfortable around Mello, even running around and playing with him. As the days passed, Mello became more comfortable and happy, constantly playing and wagging his tail.


However, Emily knew that Mello needed a forever home where he could receive someone’s full attention. Mello had developed some separation anxiety, and Emily felt that he deserved the best possible care. On Mello’s last night with his foster mom and her dogs, they played together more than ever, as if they knew it was their final time together.

Thankfully, Mello found a loving home with a family who chose his name based on his sweet and mellow personality. The entire experience was an incredible journey for the pup, Emily, and her dogs, proving that kindness and compassion can truly change a life.

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