Vet Has Meal in Kennel to Gain Timid Dog's Trust
The underweight pup in the video was scooped up by a good Samaritan and brought to the vet on Jan. 29
It’s the sweetest lunch date ever.
A veterinarian from Elberton, Georgia, has gone viral for a video filmed last week that shows him eating his food next to an abandoned and timid pit bull named Graycie.
“We’ve had dogs in the past that took up to six weeks to feel comfortable getting outside and then, they love to play, they love other dogs and they love me,” Mathis told ABC News, who reported the story. “It doesn’t make me sad to see [dogs] broken and withdrawn because with time, I know what’s possible.”
The underweight pup in the video was scooped up by a good Samaritan after being left on a dirt road, ABC News reports. They brought her to Mathis’s Granite Hills Animal Care on Jan. 29, where he determined her health issues were mostly due to her reproductive organs. She was spayed on Feb. 11 and has since gained five pounds under his care. On Feb. 13, he decided to eat in her kennel and have someone film it.
“I said ‘I’m just going to sit here with you while you’re eating,’” Mathis said. “By getting her out of her comfort zone a little bit we hope she’ll get used to people.”
The sweet interaction has been viewed over 6 million times on Facebook and Mathis hopes all the attention will help other dogs in need. “There’s a lot of dogs like her out there, so by sharing her story it brings awareness to other pets who need homes,” Mathis told ABC News.
Graycie, who’s received many adoption inquiries since going viral, is expected to be ready for a forever home in a few weeks after she’s gained more weight. To keep up with her progress, visit Granite Hills Animal Care’s Facebook page.