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Happy Animal Rescue Story Told by Trudy the Dog

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With my new people - They call me Trudy.

With my new people - They call me Trudy.

The Beginning

My happy dog name became Trudy after some good people in the neighborhood where I was born took me into their home. But first, let me tell you how I found those people. Here is my story.

There were other puppies and dogs where I grew up, and they all looked a little like me. My brothers and sisters were playful and cuddly. We used to pile up together to take our naps, and of course, we stayed close to our mother. We all liked her warm milk, and she licked us and told us how beautiful we were. I liked that feeling of being kissed and loved by my mother. Playing with my four-legged family was also a lot of fun.

But there were also people in the house with us. The smaller people known as kids would play with us, and it was fun, but it did not last long.

When my brothers and sisters were still small, they would take all of us to a place on a busy highway, and one by one, my brothers and sisters went home with other people. The people that had my mother and my siblings told the other people that we were black labs. It was hot, and we were thirsty, and the big cars and trucks that went zooming by scared us.

The people seemed excited when they would give one of my family away and get some paper in their hands in exchange. It did not make any sense to my mother or me. When no one wanted to give pieces of paper for me, the people seemed to get angry.

This paper is the kind that mean man seemed to like.

This paper is the kind that mean man seemed to like.

Good for Nothing Dog

The man especially did not seem to like me! I was getting bigger and had some white fur mixed in with my black, which he also did not seem to like. It wasn't my fault, and I don't think it was my mother's fault either that I had some white and black fur! My mother still reassured me that I was beautiful, even if he did not think so.

He called me a "good for nothing dog." I thought that was my name. That man not only yelled at me, but he also hit me and kicked me when he got angry. I was scared and hurt, and nothing my mother could do helped. So one day I decided to run away.

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.

— Immanuel Kant

My Escape Plan

My mother was sorry to see me go but understood why I had to get away from that evil man. He was hurting me, and my mother couldn't kiss the hurts away any longer. I would be sore for days, and even though I tried to hide from him, he always seemed to find me. I was not so little anymore and couldn't hide as well, I guess. So one day, I just left and tried to find a place where I wouldn't hurt all the time and be afraid all the time.

In chatting with some other dogs on the street, I found out about some people that not only had dogs living with them, but they seemed to take other puppies and dogs into their household and then find excellent places for them to live. The word on the street was that these were loving people.

I followed the directions and decided to hide behind some shrubbery in their front yard and hope the bad man wouldn't see me and that the good people would. My doggie prayers were answered! They saw me and took me into their home. The man seemed okay, but I did not want to take any chances. I would try to hide from him as much as I could.

The new people put up signs that they had found a dog. They also called all the vet offices and animal shelters, letting them know that I was in their house. I was afraid that the evil man would find me and come to take me back home. But as time passed, I started to relax.

I liked it in my new home. The other dogs were friendly. One was older, and her name was Kerri. She seemed to be the boss dog. The other dog's name was Reggie, and he told me that he was taken into the people's home when he was a scared and abandoned puppy. They both seemed to be happy that I was there. They also assured me that the people were kind and that they both loved them. They felt sure that I would grow to love them too.

Reggie is on my left, and Kerri is on my right.

Reggie is on my left, and Kerri is on my right.

My New Family

The people tried to find me another home, but since I was so afraid of men, it just did not seem to work out. I heard them say that if they put me into an animal shelter that I would probably not be adopted because I was so afraid of people. So after a while, they just decided to keep me.

It was only a few days after the people found me hiding in their shrubbery when they named me Trudy. I heard them saying that they had to call me something besides Sweety or Baby. Trudy felt right and sounded good, so I liked my new name. It certainly sounded better than "good for nothing dog."

About one month after I came to live with them, they finally took down those signs. Kerri and Reggie told me that it was a good sign that I would be staying with them.

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Kerri had told Reggie the same thing when he had come to live there. When the signs came down, it was official that he would be joining the family. Kerri seemed to know all about these things. She was the oldest and wisest dog in the house. She was a bit bossy at times, but that was okay with me.

I was one happy dog! I had a new family!

Home Sweet Home!

Being rescued by my new parents (yes, I now thought of them as my parents, just like Kerri and Reggie did) changed my life!

I was still afraid of men but got to trusting my Daddy as he always seemed to love me. He gave me treats, petted me (once I was brave enough to let him try it), and he even let me join them and sleep in their bed with the rest of the family.

But when they had company, I still wanted to hide away from those other people because there could have been an evil man who would wish to hurt me. My new parents let me disappear into other rooms away from the visitors, but they always kept the doors open.

Eventually, I was curious and would sneak out and hide under a chair so that I could watch but still be partially out of view. All of the people who came to my parent's home seemed nice, so I got braver and braver.

Walking Outside

When my parents walked us on leashes on the sidewalk, I was still afraid of people that we would meet and pull as far away from them as the leash would let me. But my parents kept telling me that it was okay, and Reggie and Kerri also explained that my new parents would protect me, so there was nothing to fear.

Eventually, I liked walking with them.

As more time passed, I would even look forward to parties in our home, and I heard my parents say that I had turned into a regular "party girl." They seemed pleased about it. All I know is that I was happy and now liked all the people around me, plus my buddies Kerri and Reggie.

Visiting Grandma

Not only do I get to sleep on my parent's bed with them, but my grandma in San Antonio let me sleep on her bed also when my parents would visit her.  She would move into another room so that we could all use her larger bed.  She was a nice grandma!

Not only do I get to sleep on my parent's bed with them, but my grandma in San Antonio let me sleep on her bed also when my parents would visit her. She would move into another room so that we could all use her larger bed. She was a nice grandma!

Growing Older

As I grew older, I would sometimes dream about my four-legged mother and wonder how she was doing. I hope those people never hit or kicked her, as they did to me. All those other people seemed to care about was that my mother would have more puppies like me, and they could get more paper when they would give them away. I hope that her life was not too hard for her.

I knew that she would be happy for me that I found such a good home.

My parents had me spayed so that I could not have puppies, and I was kind of glad that my only job was to love them and make them happy. I did my best, especially after I had gotten to know and trust them. I loved them with all of my heart!

So now you know my very own dog rescue story.



A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.

— Josh Billings

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

— Mahatma Gandhi

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2021:

From being so fearful, especially of men, our Trudy learned to trust again. It took her some time, but it was worth the time and effort. This is her story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Bob,

Trudy was a sweetheart of a dog! I am glad you liked her story.

Bob on April 03, 2021:

What a sweetheart she must have been. Beautiful dog and beautiful story that she told so well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2016:

Hello Reynolds Writing,

Glad you liked this story of our sweet girl Trudy. She ended up having a very happy life.

Reynolds_Writing from Atlanta, Georgia on April 02, 2016:

nice story

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2015:

Hi Prasetio,

So happy to see you visiting here. Yes, dogs are great companions and quite often are heroes as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2015:

Hi thelyricwriter,

I totally agree that dogs and cats or other pets for that matter are like gifts from God. Dogs do love us unconditionally and it takes a lot for them to become fearful of us or distrust us. Our Skippy will be supervising my work out in the yard today. :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 13, 2015:

I love this hub. Dogs are smart animal and they often help human. That's why many movies using dogs as the hero. Thanks, Peggy for writing and sharing this hub. Voted up!


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 12, 2015:

Hi Don,

Nice that you also have taken in a rescue dog. There is definitely something wrong with people who abuse animals!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Nice that you have taken in abused animals over the years and gave them a good home. Trudy took a while to start trusting again but she ended up having a good life. She was a honey of a dog! Thanks for the shares and wishes of angels coming our way. Those same good thoughts are aimed back at you! :)

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on February 11, 2015:

Thank you for these amazing stories. I have a little girl, Jack Russell and she's our world. Dogs are Gods gift to mankind. Their loyal, loving and always sees the good in everything and everyone. They'll love you no matter what. I always recommend everyone to have one of these loving creatures. They make you see life differently. God Bless.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 11, 2015:

Hi Peggy.

The dog we have now is a rescue dog. It is hard to understand why people treat dogs abusively. Maybe the dog is just a handy target, rather than a wife or someone else. Anyhow, it seems to be men that the are most fearful of.

Anyhow, I'm glad you gave Trudy a good home.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 11, 2015:

Lovely lovely story about compassion and love for homeless animals.

What a wonderful thing it is to take in animals who need love and care. We have had many many of them over the years and they give so much love to us blessed we are to have such lovely pets.

Great story... voted up++++++++++ and shared

Know that Angels are on the way to you today ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2015:

Hi How to - Answers,

Our pets surely do have emotions and also have long memories. I wish more people would realize this and treat all animals with the respect that they deserve. Thanks for the share.

L M Reid from Ireland on February 06, 2015:

What a very touching story about Trudy. You are so right that they have feelings and can be hurt just like humans both physically and emotionally.

Voted up and shared

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2013:

Hi Sheila,

Sounds like you are also a kind hearted soul taking in abused animals. Will definitely take a look at your hub about Jake. Thanks for your votes & share.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 22, 2013:

Oh, Peggy! This is such a nice story. This just goes to show what a good hearted person you are. (But I already knew that!) I love your pictures, especially the one of the two dogs peeking over the fence and the one of your and your husband with Trudy, so sweet! If you haven't read my hub about Jake, the black lab, you will enjoy it. It is about an abused black lab that found us, much like Trudy. I loved this story! Voted up, awesome and sharing! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hello Anna,

So glad that you liked this hub about our sweet Trudy. Even though she has been gone a number of years now, she still has a large spot in our hearts. Thanks for your comment, vote + tweet.

Anna Sternfeldt from Svenljunga, Sweden on February 13, 2013:

Wonderful! I just loved the way you wrote from the perspective of the dog. It really goes directly into you. So lovely to read the story and lovely to get to know about people who care. I voted up and have twittered the page. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2013:

Hi Ken,

Happy New Year to you also! Our Trudy and Reggie were so cute always peeking over the fence at the neighbor. That neighbor also thought that it was cute from her perspective. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Ken Taub from Long Island, NY on January 01, 2013:

What a journey! And such nice humans you have. p.s. love the photo of the two dogs standing at the fence. Happy New Year! Ken

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 27, 2012:

Hi jimmar,

Your Skip and our Trudy certainly had similar looks...and poses, from what you say. Yes...please do write more about how your Skip came to live with you. Nice that you were able to rescue your dog prior to him being handed over to the animal shelter. Wonder why the people decided to give him up? All too often people think of animals as being disposable. They are sensient beings who deserve lifetime homes. Thanks for your comment.

jimmar from Michigan on September 27, 2012:

She does look a lot like our dog Skip (pictured in hub "Doorbell for Dogs"). I have a photo ouf Skip in a pose just like Trudy - on his back, head cocked sideways, paws in the air. He was a "rescued" dog also, although not quite like Trudy, he came to our house instead of the animal shelter where his previous owners were about to take him. Good idea for a hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

It is so sad that there are so many stray dogs on the streets. If people would be more responsible and get them spayed and/or neutered, we would not have such a problem. Trudy had been traumatized by some man and it took her a long time to once again trust...but that she did with our love and affection. She gave it back in spades! Thanks for your comment and vote.

moonlake from America on September 25, 2012:

What a nice story about Trudy. Such a pretty dog. So nice that you gave her a home. Wish all stray dogs could get homes like this. Voted uP!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi Mazzy,

Nice of you to also adopt a dog who had been abused. Am sure that the love you showed your four legged companion helped him recover from its fear of men. It took our Trudy some time also to get over her fear. Thanks for your comment.

Mazzy Bolero from the U.K. on September 25, 2012:

A lovely story. I also adopted a dog who was scared of men, and it took about two years before he stopped shaking with fear if a strange man came near. We read so many sad stories about animals nowadays, it's good to hear one with a happy ending.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 25, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

So glad that you liked the story told by our lovely girl Trudy. She may not have had the best start in life but she learned to trust and love and greatly enriched our lives with her presence. Thanks for the comment, vote and share.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 25, 2012:

Hi Peggy enjoyed reading this wonderful hub about your beautiful dog Trudy. I love the creative and clever way you had Trudy tell her story, awesome ! Loved all the beautiful photos of all your dogs. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us all here on HP.

Well done and vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 26, 2012:

Hi BethDW,

Thanks for leaving a comment on Trudy's hub. She dictated telepathically and I typed. Haha! So nice that your Ecko survived her past like our Trudy and both went on to trusting people again. Sometimes it takes a while...but the wait is so worth it!

BethDW on June 26, 2012:

Such a cute story! I'm so glad that Trudy found a nice family to go home to :) She seems like such a sweetheart. My Ecko had a similar story, she came from a home where I am fairly certain she was mistreated (I don't know if she was beaten, but she was definitely neglected, the owner didn't even have a leash, and he had had her for six years! She had no toys, no bed...she was severely sad). She was very shy and nervous for the first few weeks we had her, and it took her almost a year to get over her depression. But now she's happy and energetic and healthy (and drives me nuts like a lab should, haha!)! Thanks for sharing your story, I hope it inspires other dog lovers to consider adoption!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 12, 2012:

Hello jennzie,

So nice that you got your dog from an animal shelter. Wish more people would think of doing that first. With your love and affection, she is learning to trust and love much like our Trudy did. Glad to hear it! May you enjoy your pet for many years to come. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 12, 2012:

Hi Cathleena,

It took our Trudy some time to regain trust in people...especially men, but then she became quite the charmer. She graced our home with love and affection for many years and lives on in our memories. Thanks for your comment and the sharing.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on June 11, 2012:

What a great story! Trudy is a beautiful dog- it's awesome that she's now safe and happy.

My Chinese Crested also shows a fear of men, though she's now warming up to some of them and is now basically obsessed with my boyfriend who she used to be practically terrified of. We adopted her through a rescue, though her first owners (who we know nothing about) brought her from a pet store when she was a puppy and then didn't want her anymore so she very likely could have had some traumatizing experiences at that time that she still remembers.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 11, 2012:

I love this hub with it's happy ending. Dogs are "angels in disguise". Trudy's story is wonderful. I'm glad she found the perfect home where she would be loved and well cared for the rest of her days. Voting up and sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:

Hi Linda (Minnetonka Twin),

So glad that you enjoyed the videos. Our Trudy was a honey of a dog! Thanks for your additional comment.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on June 06, 2012:

My heart is so full of love. I read your hub a ways back but never watched the videos. AWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hello WhatsNewPussyKat,

I totally agree with you. We have to lend our voices to help care for and protect our fellow creatures on earth. Wildlife as well as our pets rely upon us to do the right thing. Thanks for your comment.

WhatsNewPussyKat from Arkansas on June 05, 2012:

Thank you for writing such a great story. It is so important to lend our voices to animals and to spread the word about pet adoption. I really enjoyed Trudy's story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2012:

Hi Linda,

Will head on over to your hub about Joey now. Thanks for the link. Can't wait to see how much he looks like our dear Trudy girl.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 14, 2012:

Hi Peggy-My two dogs are both happy and healthy. Joey is 10 and Spooky is 2 1/2. I have written stories about my dogs. Joey is the one that looks like trudy. If you have time, one of my favorite Joey hubs is:

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2012:

Hi Linda,

Sorry for the mix-up on names. Have you written a hub about your Joey that looked so much like our Trudy? I noticed that you are talking in the past tense with regard to him. If I am interpreting this correctly, hopefully they are both up in doggie heaven playing and having the fun they deserve. Thanks!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 13, 2012:

Sorry sis and I confuse people here-I am Linda not Laura. Please do not worry about it as I am so use to it. Sis is HealingTouch here and I'm Minnetonka Twin. I still can't get over how much Trudy looked like my Joey. Such good lookin dogs. I think it's so wonderful that you take in strays. You are very special.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2012:

Hi Laura,

We have rescued animals for years! Right now both of our cats are rescue ones and our dog, Skippy, was rescued by my mother. Since she is now deceased...he is now ours. Trudy was such a sweetie!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on February 13, 2012:

Oh Peggy-I am sorry to hear Trudy is no longer living but like you said, you have wonderful memories of her and you gave her some very wonderful years. I am so glad you rescue dogs that are mistreated.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2012: