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After His Owner Died, Dog Waits For A Year Hoping He’d Return, See The Emotional Rescue [Video]

The emotional rescue of a poodle who was abandoned after the owner died was captured on video. Woody the dog was left at his home’s doorstep when his owner died and the family sold the home. The dog did not want to leave, and instead waited at the house hoping his dead owner would return for him.

Woody was able to survive due to neighbors who left food and water for the dog outside. However, Woody refused to leave the house. The dog made a new home underneath the property’s shed and stayed there living alone for a full year until neighbors contacted Hope for Paws to save him.

Eldad Hagar made the emotional rescue of the dog. Hagar notes in the video that Woody the poodle was completely shattered when he found him under the shed. His spirits were broken, he was dirty, hungry, and emotionally drained. The dog refused to eat and had to be treated with IVs for fluids and as a nutritional source so the pup could survive.

Fortunately for Woody the dog, his story doesn’t end there. With the help of Hope for Paws and Hagar, Woody has returned to good health, has learned to love people again, and has had a complete makeover. The dog is hardly recognizable from what he looked like under that shed to today. See the transformation photo below.

Woody the DogWoody the Dog Today

Currently Woody resides with a friend of Hagar named Lisa Charelli, but Hope For Paws is looking for a permenent home for him.

Woody isn’t the first dog to stay through extreme conditions waiting for a deceased owner to return. Another dog refused to leave his deceased owner’s body in 100-degree heat and had to be rescued.

What do you think of this loyal little dog waiting for over a year for his deceased owner to return?

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43 Responses to “After His Owner Died, Dog Waits For A Year Hoping He’d Return, See The Emotional Rescue [Video]”

  1. Glanda Widger

    yes it's wonderful but I wish My husband's dog would forget. I love him dearly but for 18 months even though we moved out of the house, he has been continually miserable, become agressive to everyone but me and I spend days treating ulcers on his feet where he licks. The vet says from stress. Meds do not help and It breaks my heart. I just keep praying that eventually I will be enough to keep him happy. Dogs are so loving and loyal. Max and my husband had such a special bond. It makes me cry to just think about him not getting over the loss.

  2. Tara West

    Glanda, that is so sad. Dogs are so incredibly loyal that it can be painful at times :(

  3. Cydney Fairchild

    Glanda that is so sad, maybe you could distract him by slowly introducing him to naturally submissive dogs to play to distract him from your husband. Best wishes and God bless

  4. Lin Jaynes

    I have lost both my beloved pets/companions , my peke was 15 & my Maltese was 14, I raised both together since they were just 4 & 8 weeks old. Hardest thing I've ever had to do ,was say its time & good bye. The loyalty & love these little guys gave me was 110% everyday. Its wonderful they are giving this little guy another chance @ love & a good home.

  5. Lin Jaynes

    Stress can be treated with doggy Paxil! My Foster Jaynes was a nervous little guy, hated to be left alone & Paxil helped relax him till we came home. Ask your vet!

  6. Glanda Widger

    He has to go in tomorrow Thank you I will ask about it. I am desperate for Max to adapt to life without his master.

  7. Anonymous

    This dog DID NOT hope for anything. Dogs don't have the understanding of such things. He had no place to go. So he stayed in familiar surroundings. STOP ANTHROPOMORPHIZING ANIMALS!

  8. Anonymous

    I think it was a horrendous crime for the family to just leave him like that!!!!! Wasn't any one living in the house after it was sold? AND WHY did it take the neighbor a YEAR to call someone???!!! There is obviously more to this story!!!!!!!

  9. Heather A de Leur

    I would take woody in a heart beat…we love poodles, my husband grew up with poodles and so have I, they are suck great dogs to have :)

  10. Michelle Hainze

    I cannot imagine why heirs would abandon a beloved pet. They must be evil people. I have rescued an elderly Boston Terrier and an elderly Pug who were abandoned to live on the street after their owners died. These dogs were extremely happy to have a loving home and brought much joy to my life. I can totally understand why people leave their fortunes to their pets.

  11. Erik Leon Staehle

    i hope they find a good home for that lil guy, he seems so sweet, id donate a million dollars to that foundation if i could..in a heartbeat.. dont abandon your pets people, they need homes too and love too..

  12. Erik Leon Staehle

    Glanda Widger so sorry for your loss ma'am, a dog's love for their owner is unquestioning, i hope your lil dog will someday move on in his own way and find happiness being with you, God bless you, your husband and your dog max

  13. Fritz Thegato

    Reminds me of the Futurama episode where Fry's dog waited for him for the rest of its life in front of the pizza shop Fry used to work at. Saddest thing I'd ever seen, it was harder for me to see than having to put my own animals down myself (though I'm not saying that doesn't hurt too, just not like that episode).

    To me, that kind of loyalty and love from an animal is the utmost epitgome of 'friendship' one could have. There's nothing more honest than that kind of dogs love for its owner and that's why it hurts me to see this kind of thing – an owner dying or going away and not taking the dog with them and the dog becoming so sad but not knowing how to cope with that kind of sadness.

  14. Peter Zbasnik

    My beagles name is Woody and she is the most loyal little dog, a great companion. She lays on the floor near my feet and follows me around when I move about. She waits on the couch looking towards the side door awaiting my return from work. Her tail wags in joy to see me- I can imagine the poor dog from this story seeing how my dog reacts. We put her in a boarding home for a week a few years back and she was wasting away , depressed, it took a couple months for her to get over that experience. Hope Woody finds the perfect home.

  15. Janice Schmidt

    Thank you for saving that sweet dogs life!!!!! Talk about loyalty!!! I've come to realize that that kind of loyalty can only come from a pet. I hope he gets the best new home ever!

  16. Anonymous

    or you could ya know not be a prick about it and let people sympathize, mourn, or believe what they want! So just because you've never felt the affection of a dog or probably humans for that matter dont try and put down something so wonderful

  17. June Sleater

    All this sweet little guy wanted was his family and nothing could give him this back he loved them and he missed them he was depressed this is what animals feel just like people they know what they want they just want love, safety and to be your family they are loyal to the end what more can one person asked

  18. Dawn Livingston

    People waited a whole year to call for help for him… a whole year! So the dog suffered through the seasons. It's amazing this dog isn't long since dead.

  19. Tara West

    I think the neighbors had been "taking care" of the dog in that they were feeding and watering him. They were asking around for a home and then came across Hope for Paws and called.

  20. Tony Nbc

    That has to be one of the most touching videos I have seen this week since that three-legged black lab last day.

  21. Venus Dooly

    why don't you try foot/paw soaks for your dog? soak them for 5 minutes daily in povidone iodine diluted water. google "dog foot soak mercola" for more detailed info.

  22. Glanda Widger

    Venus Dooly thanks I am willing to try anything to make his feet better. I appreciate everyones suggestions to help him

  23. Glanda Widger

    Lin Jaynes I asked my vet this morning and he says it sounds like a great idea. They are going to get some in for Max by monday thanks so much for the suggestion.

  24. Glanda Widger

    Well since you probably never had an animal love you, I hardly see how you would know that. Those of us who have raised a pet and seen reactions to death of an owner can certainly believe you are way off in your thnking. So sorry for you.

  25. Liz Caldwell

    OMG -That song is just breaking my heart along with this pup. People who do this kind of rescue are wonderful. God bless for you for making a difference. But what is that song and who sings it? It is haunting me.

  26. Anonymous

    There was a Hallmark movie about a dog like this. Can't remember the name of the movie now. But I believe it was a real story Taken from back in the 40's or 50's if memory serves.

  27. Tu Trang

    People who abandon animals deserves to go to hell. I hope the family that left Woody in the condition that he's in rot in hell.

  28. Tu Trang

    People who abandon animals deserves to go to hell. I hope the family that left Woody in the condition that he's in rot in hell.

  29. Anonymous

    I looked it up, and The origional (?) song was done my "eleven/amy". Such a beautiful song, to Me.

  30. Huey Smith

    so heart breaking and heart warming all at the same time….those POS owners should be jailed….how they could do this is just unbelievable…how cruel…I so hope someone just dumps their stupid ass when they get old…hopefully off a cliff!!! this poor baby…for 1 yr..just sickens us all…thank God for Eldad and his crew…please help..donate what you can….prayers….so glad she is safe…

  31. Huey Smith

    so heart breaking and heart warming all at the same time….those POS owners should be jailed….how they could do this is just unbelievable…how cruel…I so hope someone just dumps their stupid ass when they get old…hopefully off a cliff!!! this poor baby…for 1 yr..just sickens us all…thank God for Eldad and his crew…please help..donate what you can….prayers….so glad she is safe…

  32. Jon Ding

    Gave $100 to hope for paws earlier this year… Looking forward to giving them more someday!!!