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This Is The Moment This Homeless Dog Realized She Could Trust Someone

She'd been living in the woods — and she wasn't alone.

In the woods near Echo Lake Park in Fort Worth, Texas, a German shepherd had been spotted several times over the past several weeks. She was obviously scared to come close to anyone — but one woman's patience finally paid off.

"I knew it was extremely urgent to capture her," Judy Obregon, founder of local animal rescue organization The Abandoned Ones (TAO), wrote earlier this month. "Gaining trust began [with] studying her every move." 

German shepherd living in woods in Fort Worth, Texas
The Abandoned Ones

Obregon — who has rescued hundreds of scared and abused dogs from the area, which is also a notorious dumping ground for unwanted animals — is used to being calm and patient with dogs like this German shepherd. She uses a soothing voice and tells them over and over that it's all OK. 

"At first, once she saw my truck she'd run," Obregon wrote. "Every morning I'd go to feed her."

One morning, Obregon showed up and the dog was there waiting for her. "I knew we were close [to capturing her]."

Homeless German Shepherd coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
The Abandoned Ones

But the German shepherd had a secret.

Homeless German shepherd and pit bull coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
The Abandoned Ones

The dog went to the woods and ushered another scared dog, a pit bull with scars on his face, out toward the nice lady.

Homeless German shepherd and pit bull coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
The Abandoned Ones

"She made it a point: If you take me, you take my friend, too!" Obregon wrote. 

Homeless pit bull coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
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No one knows exactly how these dogs ended up in the woods or how they found each other — but they clearly had been protecting each other.

And Obregon obviously took them both with her. 

Homeless German shepherd and pit bull coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
The Abandoned Ones

Both dogs — now named Iris (German shepherd) and Clover (pit bull) — have now visited the vet and have learned that neither suffers from heartworm, which is a huge relief to Obregon, who is searching for an appropriate foster home for them.

Homeless German shepherd coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
The Abandoned Ones

Already, both dogs are looking in better spirits, getting closer to Obregon and accepting pets. 

Homeless pit bull coaxed out of woods by rescuer in Fort Worth
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"I said the same thing to her every day for her to know my voice and trust that one day her life would change," Obregon wrote. "It's all so rewarding when we can change the fear they have into a smile." 

If you are local and want to help foster dogs like Iris and Clover, you can fill out an application. You can also help TAO by donating money or supplies.