Even animals appreciate an act of compassion that goes a long way. Instead of driving, Bob Hoelter opted to walk to his favorite store one night. He heard a feeble and sorrowful cry coming from below as he was crossing a bridge to get to the store. He searched beneath and around the bridge for the injured beast. He was heartbroken to see a scared puppy with his mouth taped shut when he finally saw him. The poor dog’s previous owners had thrown him from the bridge. Hoelter rushed the puppy to the Griffith Animal Hospital, which was the closest hospital. Lori Kovavich, the hospital’s manager, made the puppy’s treatment a top priority.
The first thing they did was removing the tape around his muzzle, that had really damaged the skin. They gave him antibiotic ointment and injections. They also discovered that the puppy had a broken leg which would require surgery. Once they finished the initial treatment, they made a cozy bed for the puppy.
After the puppy’s story went viral, a local family, The Wittings, fell in love with him right away and decided to adopt him, giving him the name Louie.
The man who rescued the dog was still unknown at the time, as he simply took him to the clinic and left without mentioning his name, but Hoelter’s niece noticed the clinic’s Facebook post about Louie’s story and arranged for their reunion.
When the dog was finally reunited with his hero, he recognized him right away and raced to show him all the love he could; it was his way of repaying the guy who had saved his life. Louie was licking Hoelter’s face nonstop. Nobady expected Louie to identify his hero, but dogs never let us down.
Today Louie lives with the Wittings, his new family, but we are sure he will never stop being grateful to the man who saved his life.