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Desperate Street Dog Lies Outside Family's Home Until They Notice Her

"She seemed so fragile and in desperate need of someone to take care of her" ❤

Beatriz Baranski Kaniak, her husband and their four rescue dogs had just moved into a new home in Chile in January, and everything was still a little under construction. They had workers going in and out of their home and yard all day long, and the front gate was often left open. While they were getting things ready in the new house, the couple glanced out the window at one point — and saw a dog they’d never seen before, lying in the middle of their driveway. 

street dog finds a family
Beatriz Baranski Kaniak

The poor dog, later named Cookie, seemed absolutely exhausted and was clearly in bad shape. It was almost as if she had chosen a random home to collapse in front of with the hope that the family inside would take her in. Luckily for her, that’s exactly how things ended up working out. 

“Although we didn't know anything about her personality, health and social behavior, it wasn't a difficult decision,” Kaniak told The Dodo. “She seemed so fragile and in desperate need of someone to take care of her. That was enough for me and my husband.” 

street dog finds a family
Beatriz Baranski Kaniak

Cookie was absolutely terrified when her new parents first approached her, and she couldn’t stop shaking. It didn’t take long before she began to realize she was finally safe, though, and soon she had completely fallen in love with her new family. Her four new dog siblings welcomed her into their pack immediately, and it was almost as if she was always meant to be a member of the family. 

“After a few hours she started to initiate friendly interactions with us and our other dogs, who seemed more curious about her than aggressive,” Kaniak said. “We were amazed by that.” 

street dog finds a new family
Beatriz Baranski Kaniak

Poor Cookie was in a terrible state when she first wandered into her family’s driveway, and her parents took her to the vet as soon as they could. She was severely underweight and had major skin irritation all over her tiny body. The vet started her on medication right away, and her parents did everything they could to make sure she was comfortable and well cared for while she healed from her life on the streets. 

street dog finds a family
Beatriz Baranski Kaniak

Cookie is now completely different from the scared, skinny little dog she was when she was first found. She has so much confidence and loves every single member of her family. Her parents are amazed with how well she fits in, and couldn’t be happier that they decided to take a chance on the dog who wandered up to their home looking for a family. 

street dog finds a family
Beatriz Baranski Kaniak

“She is doing amazingly well, getting along just great with our other dogs,” Kaniak said. “It turns out she is a confident tough cookie that rules the house, a natural leader indeed.”